Tobacco company Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) led the 3rd Climate Change and Agricultural Summit last October 24, 2017, held at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel which yielded commitment from various government and non-government stakeholders to boost the productivity of farmers through disaster preparedness.
In an article from Sunstar Cagayan de Oro, the summit was organized by PMFTC together with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental whose prime goal is to educate farmers and local leaders with how attuning to disaster risk reduction and climate change can be integrated into local plans and programs.
PMFTC President Roman Militsyn said in his speech during the summit that the tobacco company is supporting climate and agriculture change because of the fact that it has been employing more than 5,000 direct contracted and thousands more indirect contracted farmers aside from being one of the leading cigarette-selling companies in the country.
He said that climate change has a negative impact on the agricultural sector as agriculture production is also dependent on the weather and climate conditions.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that Filipinos can adapt to climate change and that the only thing that human beings can do is to prepare for its coming.