PALO, Leyte- The Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC), an affiliate of Philip Morris International (PMI), and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc. (AmCham) sponsored a climate change summit held on Tuesday(August 23), this town.
The gathering, attended by mayors and stakeholders in the agriculture sector in the province, was part of the climate change and agriculture series of summits.
Leyte was chosen as the launching pad for the summit series as it was ground zero of supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ in 2013.
Another summit is being planned for Samar towards the end of the year.
AGRI Party List Rep. Delphine Gan Lee of the Agri party-list group, served as the guest of honor and speaker of the event held at the municipal hall of Palo.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla both delivered their respective messages, emphasizing the significance of the summit in making Leyte’s agriculture sector resilient to climate change.
PMFTC president Roman Militsyn, in his remarks, shared with the participants that the company has been involved in various undertakings that aim to improve the lives of farmers and help improve the state of the country’s agriculture.
“Through this summit, we will try to come up with a Plan of Action and recommendations that would contribute to a strong climate-resilient agriculture industry,” he said.
“With the assumption into power by the Duterte administration, the agriculture sector is given a new lease in life and we are excited of the prospects ahead for all of us in this sector,” Militsyn said. (PR)