Welcome to PMFTC Inc. The history of our company began when Philip Morris International (PMI) entered into a licensing agreement with La Suerte Cigar and Cigarette Factory to manufacture and sell Marlboro in 1955. After 40 years of success, Philip Morris Philippines Inc. (PMPH) was established to handle all sales and marketing aspects related to the Marlboro and Philip Morris brands in 1995.
In 2000, with the liberalization of the investment climate in the Philippines, PMI reached a decision to invest USD 300 million to build a state-of-the-art cigarette manufacturing plant in Tanauan City in Batangas. It was the single-biggest investment of PMI in the Asia Pacific region at that time. In the same year, Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI) was established to handle all aspects of the business in the Philippines, including manufacturing operations. PMPH was subsequently merged with PMPMI.
Marlboro, Fortune, Champion, Hope, More, Jackpot
Commercial production at the Tanauan plant started in 2003. Today, the factory in Tanauan produces over 30 billion sticks a year. PMPMI also started exporting Marlboro and L&M cigarettes to Thailand in 2003.
A landmark development took place on February 25, 2010. PMPMI and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (FTC) entered into an agreement to combine their business operations and selected assets in a new company called PMFTC Inc. (PMFTC).
PMFTC is now the market leader in the local cigarette industry with over 90 percent share of the adult cigarette market. Its Marikina plant produces more than 70 billion sticks per year. PMFTC also owns the country’s leading low-price brands such as Fortune, Champion, and Hope.
We are committed to the responsible manufacture, marketing, and distribution of our products. In 2003, the Philippine government enacted the Tobacco Regulation Act, and the company steadfastly supported the passage and implementation of this law.
We are also dedicated to making a difference in our communities. We have an active and successful charitable contributions program called Embrace. It embodies PMFTC's wide-ranging corporate social responsibility programs that cater to the needs of local communities.
We partner with government and organizations that work to make a positive impact in the areas of education, environment, poverty, culture and the arts, social services, and disaster relief. While initially focusing in areas where it directly operates, particularly in the Batangas province and in tobacco-growing communities in the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, and La Union, PMFTC has now successfully implemented its Embrace projects nationwide.
Pursuant to PMI standards, PMFTC promotes Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and the Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) code with all PMFTC-contracted farmworkers and traders. This initiative covers a comprehensive campaign against child labor and forced labor in all facets of tobacco farming, fair treatment of all tobacco farmworkers, observation of fair working hours with due compensation, a safe work environment, freedom of association, and compliance with the law on labor and employment.
PMFTC has also created a program that encourages employees to volunteer in their free time to help refurbish public school buildings (Brigada Eskwela Program, Adopt-A-School), mentor and teach children in need, and participate in environmental sustainability initiatives such as reforestation.