Wong Chu King Foundation sets their feeding program in Payatas

The Wong Chu King Foundation, philanthropic arm of Mighty Corp sealed an agreement to fund the feeding of malnourished children from poor families residing at the garbage dumpsite in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.

The said initiative is in partnership with the University of the Philippines Law Class of 1978, will go to a feeding center of Payatas Orione Foundation Inc.

Under the memorandum of agreement signed between Paofi, WCKF and the UP Law Class of 1978 will provide one nutritious meal per day for one year for 75 children of one of Paofi feeding centers in Payatas.

The meal includes a therapeutic food supplement which will provided only to malnourished tuberculosis patients but later found to be effective for malnourished children of poor families.

The said supplement which can be spread on bread or mixed with rice, consists of peanut butter paste, coconut oil, soya, micronutrients, multivitamins, sugar and powdered milk.

During the signing the MOA at formal ceremonies held last month which was attended by James Vincent Navarette, WCKF general manager; Fr. Martin Mroz, Paofi executive director; and Atty. Antonio Ocampo, representative of UP Law Class of 1978.

“Paofi’s program aims to ensure that the children each achieve their normal weight within a year from enrolling in the program,” said Mroz.

“The foundation specifically aims to establish an average weight gain of two kilos above the normal level of nourishment for each child and impart knowledge to participating parents in the preparation of nutritious and balanced food,” Mroz added.

It will be administered by Paofi that will run a total of 240 days a year, five days a week, from Monday to Friday.

The enrollees are required to undergo deworming before taking part in the program. Then, once a month, a volunteer nurse will record the weight and height of each child. At the end of the year, the feeding center staff will discuss the progress of each child with the parents.

And for children who have not reached the desired weight are required to stay on the program for another year or until they do. Meanwhile, children who achieve the desired weight graduate from the program and are replaced by new program enrollees.

“The supplement was first used in Malawi, in southeast Africa, and has been used in the Philippines for three years,” Mroz said. “This has become possible here because the machine used for making the food was donated to us from the US. A manufacturing facility was set up for this purpose in Barangay Fairview, Quezon City.”

The priest described the foundation’s support as timely for the program. He explained that Paofi used to receive support from Spain and other European countries but the eurozone crisis had put a stop to this.

Navarette said,“With our network, we can help provide additional assistance. When I saw Payatas, I thought that was the worst, but I have seen Paofi areas in Quezon that are even worse than that.”

Paofi maintains two clinics for tuberculosis patients; 11 feeding centers for malnourished children, including eight in Payatas and three in the Badjao settlement in Barangay Dalahican and Talao-Talao in Lucena City, Quezon; and a number of learning centers.

 

Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

Mighty Corp donated ecobags to Bulacan residents

Cigarette manufacturer, Mighty Corp has turned over 45,000 ecobags to the residents of First District of Bulacan. The said reusable bags will help reduce the incidence of flooding in the province.

The ecobags ismade of durable fabric like canvas or woven synthetic fibers, provide its residents with an environment-friendly substitute to single-use plastic bags, which are known to clog waterways, resulting to floodings. And it can be used numerous times and do not clog waterways the way plastics do.

The said donation by Mighty which was made in line with the launching of Lingkod Kalikasan Ecobag, a joint project of Bulacan’s First District, Lingkod Movement and Wong Chu King Foundation. The said project which focus on reducing of flooding incident in the province.

According to Jonathan Sy-Alvarado said each household in the district would each receive one ecobag for use in the distribution and storage of relief goods like rice, bottled water and canned food during calamities. In return, recipients should donate their plastic bags for recycling into useful products such as hollow blocks.

“Every time relief operations for calamities are ongoing, people should use their own ecobags ,” said Alvarado.

The project is in line with the Corporate Social Responsibility program of the Wongchuking-owned Mighty Corporation.

Wong Chu King Foundation selected students for the scholarship program

For the past 24 years, charitable arm of Mighty Corp, Wong Chu King Foundation has been giving out scholarship grants to students.

“Education is known to be a powerful equalizer. It gives children from low-income families a fighting chance to uplift themselves and their families from poverty and lead productive and meaningful lives.”, Edilberto Adan, president of Mighty Corp said.

And for this year, the foundation’s educational assistance which consists of 100 college scholarship grants. It will be given to poor but deserving students who are children of tobacco farmers in Northern Luzon.

Adan added that the new scholarship program is one of three components of a P10-million joint CSR project of Mighty Corporation and the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives Inc. that aims to benefit 65,000 farmers in Pangasinan, La Union, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

“This is our way of thanking the farmers for helping to make our company what it is today,” he said.

“We are happy that Mighty Corporation, through its Wong Chu King Foundation, has stood firm on its commitment to help 65,000 tobacco farmers in the Philippines,” said Mario Cabasal, NAFTAC national president.

Meanwhile, Retired judge Oscar Barrientos, MC executive vice president and spokesman said the foundation initially offered scholarships to the dependents of active Mighty employees but later expanded the program to include dependents of retired employees and poor but deserving students with excellent academic record.

“Through this program, we hope to help the farmers and their children become competitive in the global market and earn sustainable incomes,” Barrientos said.

The scholarship program is in support of the National Tobacco Administration’s scholarship program for poor but deserving graduating high school students and dependents of tobacco farmers.

Currently, the foundation assisted the education of six high school and 14 college students in various schools nationwide. Two of its college scholars graduated last year.

Mighty Corporation continuing their social responsibility projects in the country

With the continuing effort of charitable institution, Wong Chu King Foundation, Mighty Corp’s partner in helping the church to spread the faith in the Philippines and for prioritizing apostolic works and education in its programs and projects.

According to Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of San Fernando City, La Union says that foundation donated to church projects funding the education of poor but deserving students in Lagawe, Bontoc which includes four seminarians and students of vocational courses like sewing, weaving and hairstyling.

“The parents of these students are low-income farmers producing only for local consumption,” the bishop said. “So you can imagine the positive impact this kind of support has for them.”

The bishop commended the foundation and the tobacco manufacturer for the outreach project launched for 65,000 organized tobacco farmers of Northern Luzon. He was the one of the witnesses during the signing of an agreement on the project between Mighty and 200 farmer leaders of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives Inc. (NAFTAC) from Pangasinan, La Union, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Mighty Corp donated to the farmers 16 hand tractors worth P2.5 million and 90 irrigation pumps worth P1.1 million.

“I’m quite happy about all these projects. It’s a big lift for our farmers, not only in La Union but also the whole of Northern Luzon,” Beltran said. “This is something very beautiful as the hand tractors and water pumps encourage our farmers to use modern methods of agriculture.”

Wong Chu King Foundation also did the renovation of the Basilica Minore of the Our Lady of Piat Church in Piat, Cagayan in 2012, and Diocesan Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite last year.

“For many years, I have personally known Mrs. Nelia Wong Chu King, WCKF chairman of the board of trustees,” said Archbishop Emeritus Diosdado Talamayan of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao City.

“She and her family are great devotees of Our Lady of Piat, and they have erected a chapel in Malolos City, Bulacan, dedicated to Our Lady of Piat, which was blessed by many bishops led by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales in 2012.”

Archbishop Rolando Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres in Naga City, Camarines Sur praised the family behind Mighty as an upright family and said it was “highly uncharacteristic for them to be involved in the illicit trade practices of technical smuggling and tax evasion.”

 

Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

Wong Chu King Foundation gave donations to Yolanda victims

Philanthropic organization Wong Chu King Foundation has been providing assistance to poor and underprivileged sectors for the past 24 years. They donated more than P4 million to hundreds of victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo and Capiz.

Camille Arsenal, coordinator of Wong Chu King said that foundation’s board of directors led by its chairman, Nelia Wong Chu King approved the release of the funds to the victims. The said donation will also provides 78 employees of tobacco manufacturer Mighty Corporation and their dependents whose homes were either totally or partially destroyed by the typhoon.

“WCKF did not think twice after learning of the extent of the disaster. The victims were given enough funds to enable them to pick up the pieces and recover from the disaster,” Arsenal said.

“We treat our employees like family,” Mrs. Wong Chu King, said about on how they treated their workers.
Wong Chu King Foundation, Mighty Corp’s charitable arm was founded in 1990. They aim to perpetuate the memory of the family patriach, Wong Chu King. And they encourage and promote education through scholarship programs and raise funds for charitable, cultural and educational purposes.

 

Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

Mighty Corp Urges the Use of Tobacco as Organic Pesticide Alternative

The Philippines number one producer of low-priced brand cigarettes is looking into developing and promoting the use of tobaccos as an alternatives to chemical-based pesticides in farming.

Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp aims to combine an increase in production yield and promote an environment-friendly way of growing tobaccos which will eventually result to more income for the local farmers.

Recent studies show that tobaccos can also be an alternative organic pesticide against insects as aphids, leaf rollers and stem borers. A lot of farmers even consider it a more effective and a much safer pesticide than chemical-based ones, which is said to destroy soil productivity and harm the environment.

Mighty Corp Executive Vice President Oscar P. Barrientos said that the initiative was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) thrust.

“A small but growing number of Filipino farmers were shifting from chemical-based to organic pesticides, or a combination of the two. This trend should be encouraged.” said Barrientos.

Based on reports, Filipino farmers make up 11.55 million of the country’s 38.6-million-member labor force and contribute 20% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

However, every year their production of main agricultural crops like rice, corn, coconuts, sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, coffee, mangoes and abaca are damaged by insects and other pests.

Also greatly affected are secondary crops that includes peanuts, cassava, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, cabbages, eggplants, calamansi, rubber, and cotton.

The nicotine in the tobacco plant has been used on crops as a natural insecticide and has been proven to be safe with no health and environmental risks compared to chemical-based pesticides.

Mighty Corp continues to coordinate with key agencies like the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB) to ensure the success of the project.

Mighty Corporation Downplays Tax Allegations

Mighty Corporation downplays allegations made by rival companies that it had underpaid taxes in 2013.
Mighty Corp said that the firm has paid a total of 9.2 billion pesos in excise taxes last year and the said amount was based on their average market share of 13.7% in 2013.

Mighty Corporation Executive Vice President and Spokesman Oscar P. Barrientos said, “Allegations that Mighty Corp did not pay the correct taxes for 2013 are grossly inaccurate and downright ridiculous. Our critics had most likely misunderstood the data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. The taxes we paid for the year 2013 reflects the jump in our market share and our fair share in the increased taxes on ‘sin’ products last year. We closed the year with a 22.5 percent market share. We started 2013 with three percent.”

Mighty Corp has a remarkable sales accomplishment last year. Barrientos added that slowly but surely Might Corp grew its market share even more in the coming years due to the strength of their production and a sound national sales distribution strategy.

Barrientos however revealed that they did not have a solid 20% year-round market share average as what their critics have maliciously implied in connection to tax evasion allegations. He also emphasized that allegations against Mighty Corp are baseless like the other earlier accusations that was thrown at them by competitors from unfair business practices and technical smuggling.

Barrientos assures the public that they have not engaged in the said wrongdoings and explained, “The first time we hit 20 percent market share was in December 2013. Our critics computed excise tax dues on 20% market share year-round. Of course there will be a discrepancy. They give new meaning to the term ‘creative accounting.’ The truth is, we paid the right taxes.”

Mighty Corporation Questions PMFTC Merger

Cigarette manufacturers Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp and foreign firm Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) are now engaged in a price war.

The sales volume of PMFTC’s Marlboro brand significantly went down after the implementation of the new SIN tax law which resulted to the down-trading of consumers to low-end cigarette brands currently dominated by Filipino-owned Mighty Corporation that sells its cigarettes for only 1.00 per stick.

PMFTC requested the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to allow Marlboro to sell low-end cigarettes under the same brand.

Mighty Corp Executive Vice President, Retired Judge Oscar P. Barrientos said that he finds it quite suspicious that PMFTC is registering four Php1.00 per stick Marlboro brands all along in light of their accusations that Mighty Corporation cannot make honest profit out of their one-peso-per-stick cigarettes.
“Strangely, PMFTC engaged us in a bitter price war, accusing us of technical smuggling, tax evasion, and unfair competition based on a questionable research by AC Nielsen while they probably had the ulterior motive to completely take us out of the picture when they introduced their new low-priced Marlboro Brands while demonizing us in the media at the same time.” Barrientos said.

Barrientos also finds it alarming that foreign company Philip Morris, through their highly classified merger with Fortune Tobacco Company last 2010, acquired six low-priced cigarettes brands and asked, “What is the need to produce four new brands when you already have low-priced brands to begin with?”

Barrientos said that based on the PMFTC letter to the BIR, more questions about their highly classified deal have surfaced. One relevant issue that PMFTC should answer according to Barrientos is the speculation that they plan to kill the Fortune brand and revert back to Philip Morris Philippines Inc. to completely monopolize the Philippine tobacco industry like what it did in many countries.

Mighty Corporation Downplays Fraud and Undervaluation Accusations by Rivals

Bulacan-based cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp denied all charges that they have committed fraud in their business dealings.

Mighty Corporation Executive Vice President and Spokesman Oscar P. Barrientos said that fraud is a serious accusation, it should be proven by complete evidence, adduce in an impartial investigation, conducted by a competent authority, with due regard to the due process requirement.

Barrientos also emphasized that under existing jurisprudence, fraud is not to be presumed. Thus, imputing fraud against Mighty Corp is not only unfair but highly libellous and damaging.

“Under the law, good faith is presumed, bad faith is not. Customs authorities have been closely monitoring MC operations, reporting and compliance. They found nothing wrong. These finding of government offices enjoy the presumption of regularity of official functions.” Barrientos said.

Barrientos, a former judge, even tackled the issue of undervaluation, another accusation thrown to Mighty Corporation by its rival, which he finds baseless. Undervaluation happen when one wilfully and deliberately declares low value of his imported commodity that was actually paid or made payable as agreed upon by and between him and the seller.

Existing procedures of the Bureau of Customs require that any contest or issue involving valuation must be lodge before the port’s Valuation Classification Review Committee before the imported goods are released. Once the goods are released without any protest of valuation as well as classification issues, they are presumed to have been cleared both on values as well as classification.

Mighty Corp officials said that charges are, “Baseless, arbitrary and libellous.”

Wong Chu King Foundation offers scholarships to tobacco farmers’ children

Mighty Corp’s charitable, Wong Chu King Foundation has been offering scholarship grants to tobacco farmers’ children.

“Education is known to be a powerful equalizer. It gives children from low-income families a fighting chance to uplift themselves and their families from poverty and lead productive and meaningful lives.”, Mighty president Edilberto Adan said.

He added that educational assistance from the foundation which consist of 100 college scholarship grants to deserving students who are children of tobacco farmers.

“Formal schooling is often too expensive and priced well beyond the reach of the poor, including tobacco farmers,” Adan explained.

The said scholarship program is one of three components of a P10-million joint CSR project of Mighty and the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives Inc.. It will benefit 65,000 farmers in Pangasinan, La Union, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

“This is our way of thanking the farmers for helping to make our company what it is today,” said Adan.

“We are happy that Mighty Corporation, through its Wong Chu King Foundation, has stood firm on its commitment to help 65,000 tobacco farmers in the Philippines,” said Mario Cabasal, NAFTAC national president.

Retired judge Oscar Barrientos, Mighty’s executive vice president and spokesman said the foundation initially giving out scholarships to the dependents of active employees of Mighty but it was later expanded to dependents of retired employees and poor but deserving students with excellent academic records.

“Through this program, we hope to help the farmers and their children become competitive in the global market and earn sustainable incomes,” Barrientos said.

The scholarship project which was supported by the National Tobacco Administration’s scholarship program for deserving graduating high school students and dependents of tobacco farmers.

Other components of the project include agricultural production assistance, consisting of 16 hand tractors worth P2.5 million and 90 irrigation pumps worth P1.1 million; and institutional support for the annual search for outstanding tobacco farmers and cooperatives by the National Tobacco Administration (NTA).