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Labour & garments employers push for 'Save Act'
May '11
In an unparalleled move, the workers and employers of the textile and garment associations in Philippines have united to support passage of the SAVE ACT bill in the US Congress.

The once disagreeing parties, while understanding the long-term benefits of the Act, have agreed to grant their support to the bill, which is seen to generate job opportunities for the workers who were laid off in 2005 with end of quota regime.

The garment and textile associations, labour groups, Government and all other industry stakeholders have recently issued a joint statement reiterating their unity for granting total support and pushing for passage of the SAVE Our Industries Act in the US Congress.

Thelma Dumpit – Murillo, Executive Director of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office, said that the statement acknowledges the urgent need to intensively push for the bill which is aimed at revival of the apparel and textile industries. The export receipts have witnessed a radical fall from 2003, when Philippines was a leading apparel supplier in the international market.

The Philippines Clothing and Textile Industry Tripartite Council (CTITC) has recognized the Act as a breakthrough initiative which would provide a boost to the Philippines' apparel industry and the US's textile industry. It has termed the Act as a win-win solution to the issues that the industry is facing now, Dumpit-Murillo said.

In addition to creation of decent employment opportunities, the passage of the proposed bill also involves a tripartite commitment to execute an advanced “Better Work Program” for the Philippines.

This program would include monitoring of labour standard compliance, decent work promotion, social dialogue and remediation. Besides, a technical working group would also be constituted to draft the criteria for accreditation which would establish a mechanism through which the companies can avail the benefits of the trade agreement.

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