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Filipino communities lobby in US for support to pass bill

02
Nov '10
According to an official from the Board of Investments (BoI), Filipino communities in the United States are lobbying for support to pass a bill, which will facilitate strengthening the garment industry of Philippines.

The country's “Save our Industries Bill” is pending at the US Congress, informed Mr. Cristino Panlilio, Undersecretary of BoI. Under this bill, the Philippines-made garments manufactured by using textiles and yarns sourced from US would have duty-free entry into the US market.

This will help textile industries of both the countries, stated M. Panlilio, adding that the Filipino communities in abroad are receiving local candidates' support for the bill. A positive feedback for the bill has been received from around 95 percent of the 21 candidates.

The BoI plans to support a rally for the bill within two months period when the US Congress is in recess for midterm elections, and the session for this will start on 16th of November and will continue till mid of December.

He further said that in case the efforts fail within a period of two months, supporters of the bill will be left with the only choice of waiting till 2011 for the 112th Congress to commence.

Fibre2fashion News Desk-India


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