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Govt to press on passing of US garments bill
Jan '11
With reintroduction of the Save Act bill for the second time in the 112th US Congress during current quarter, the government would assume a comprehensive approach to ensure passage of the bill intended at revival of the garment firms in the US and also in the Philippines.

Executive Director of the Board of Investments and Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) Lucita P. Reyes informed that, they are now conducting a review.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was very much optimistic regarding passage of the bill during the lame duck session of the last US Congress, but the US legislators concluded the session in December 2010 without taking up any of the trade bills, other than the US-South Korea Free Trade Agreement for consideration.

The official stated that, the DTI is still left to deliberate on the extent of the activities to be carried out, the bill's champion, supporters of the bill and also regarding the mapping operations of the domestic industry.

He said that all these activities involve a cost and that is the reason why the assessment is necessary.

The government intends to invest a part of the Garments and Textile Exports Board's fund worth P600 million, to finance the lobbying for passage of the bill. As the DTI last time lobbied for passage of the bill, it allocated 25 percent of the fund for the same purpose.

Senators Daniel Innoue, Harry Reid, Jim McDermott and Kit Bond primarily authored the bill, which has won support of 15 Senate members.

The bill proposes that once it is passed, Philippines would be using US textiles, yarns and fabrics to manufacture garments which would then be shipped to the US without any duty imposition.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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