CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental: Less than eight months since the start of full commercial operations, the country’s biggest cigarette manufacturer, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC), plans to ramp up tobacco production in its Mindanao facility over the next three years. Ravi Lumunsad, operations manager of PMFTC’s Claveria Fresh Leaf Buying and Curing Facility, said they aim to achieve maximum capacity of four million kilos annually before 2017 as part of the company’s long-term commitment to the Philippines. “We hope to achieve about four million kilos annually, which is the maximum capacity of our facility,” Lumunsad told members of the media. He said PMFTC needs about 2,400 to 2,500 hectares of land planted to tobacco in order to achieve full operations. The executive said they are confident of increasing production to over one million kilos this year to qualify for the 15 percent share from revenues collected under the sin tax law. “Last … [Read more...] about Philip Morris to expand tobacco production in Mindanao
SYDNEY: Tobacco giant Philip Morris on Wednesday announced the closure of its only Australian manufacturing plant with the loss of 180 jobs, blaming regulations for limiting its export opportunities. The firm, which makes the Marlboro brand, said its cigarette factory at Moorabbin in Victoria would close by the end of the year after six decades of operation. The closure is the latest blow to the Australian manufacturing sector after the country’s car manufacturers Ford, Toyota and General Motors Holden all announced their plants will close with an estimated 50,000 job losses in the sector. Philip Morris Ltd.’s (PML) Australasian managing director John Gledhill said production would be moved to South Korea. He played down the impact of world-first plain packaging laws which were introduced in Australia in December 2012 but said a government move two years earlier to reduce the fire risk posed by Australian-made cigarettes had affected their popularity in export markets. … [Read more...] about Philip Morris shuts Aussie plant, blames regulation
President Aquino recently signed Republic Act 10586, which penalizes persons driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs and similar substances with stiff fines and jail terms for violators. It’s really about time we have a national law against drunk and drugged driving. In recent years, we have seen some terrible accidents caused by drunk and drugged drivers of all kinds of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, and yet how many of them went to jail or were punished, even if such accidents resulted in serious injuries, deaths and destruction to public and private property. The random drug and alcohol testing of bus drivers that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) had conducted last Holy Week found a few bus drivers were about to drive their commuters to the provinces while under the influence. That is a really scary thought especially when you think about how many actually escaped the random drug … [Read more...] about Can government enforce DUI law?
A report indicating the extent of a multinational tobacco company’s profits in Asia should move the Philippine government to stop the cigarette industry from raking heaps of money at the expense of public health, according to a tobacco control advocacy group. The Bangkok-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) recently revealed that Asia has become Philip Morris International’s (PMI) virtual “cash cow” with the region providing 34.3 percent or $10.5 billion of the firm’s $31 billion net revenue in 2013. “The SEATCA report showed PMI sold 880 billion sticks of which 301 billion were shipped in Asia where majority of its patrons are from low-income families… With 10 Filipinos, mostly poor, dying of smoking every hour—these factors should be reasons enough for our solons to make a stand and protect the people’s health,” said Emer Rojas, president of New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP). Rojas, a cancer … [Read more...] about Group seeks more tobacco-control laws
Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd has deplored the continued use of unsubstantiated data by foreign monopolists as he supported Deputy Speaker Sergio Apostol’s urgent call to use only official information in formulating policies to safeguard the country’s economic interest in the multibillion-peso tobacco industry. “Over six million people, including farmers and other beneficiaries, are dependent on the tobacco industry and we should not allow these unscrupulous foreigners to undermine their interest,” Albano said. “In particular, I am referring to the dirty tactics persistently employed by Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. [PMFTC] against its local rivals, using baseless and extrapolated information after it lost a substantial share of its dominant market due to the implementation of the Sin Tax Law,” he pointed out. Albano was reacting to a recent media briefing where PMFTC was said to have caused the release of a study commissioned by its mother … [Read more...] about Solon slams ‘baseless’ Philip Morris claims