The Philippine textile and apparel industries has created opportunities for Filipinos who work hard to support their loved ones. In recent years, many Filipino workers have lost their jobs due to the closure of garment factories. But with the SAVE Our Industries Act (S. 3170/H.R. 3039), promote an important partnership between U.S. and Filipino textile and apparel companies, and their workers. YOU can help support US & Philippine Trade partnership by taking action and sending a letter to your US representative.
From Save Our Industries Act:
Congress is now considering legislation that is urgently needed to help revitalize the United States and Philippine textile and apparel industries.
Introduced during the 111th Congress in the House by Congressmen Jim McDermott and Brian Bilbray and in the Senate by Senators Daniel Inouye and Christopher Bond, the SAVE Our Industries Act (S. 3170/H.R. 3039) would, if enacted soon, promote an important partnership between U.S. and Filipino textile and apparel companies, and their workers.
Initial estimates from industry groups such as the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Confederation of Garment Exporters of the Philippines (CONGEP) indicate that this legislation will:
- Save and create thousands of jobs in the US textile manufacturing and Philippine apparel sewing industries
- Provide for the first time a meaningful opportunity for US textile manufacturers to export fabrics to Asia
- Increase the number of export-related jobs in the U.S. textile industry by some five percent, and lead up to $500 million in new U.S. textile exports.
Built on strong and long-standing historical security ties and political relations, the SAVE Act is win-win legislation that would be the first significant Philippine-US economic cooperation initiative in decades.
Your elected representatives need to hear now the importance of fast action on this important measure. (Salamat, Jason!)