Garments

Hanging by a thread: PH garment industry takes on PPE-making, metes out retrenchments

Published by rudy Date posted on October 21, 2020

by Cody Cepeda, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 Oct 2020 (First of two parts) The Philippine garment industry right now reflects the state of the global garment industry which had been ripped at the seams by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pandemic-hit garments firms to lay-off over 4,000 workers

Published by rudy Date posted on September 23, 2020

by Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star), 23 Sep 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Over 4,400 workers are being let go by garments firms operating in Cebu due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pandemic crushes garment industry, the developing world’s path out of poverty

Published by rudy Date posted on July 11, 2020

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Gender justice on global garment supply chains

Published by rudy Date posted on December 9, 2019

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Renting clothes could be the future of fashion

Published by rudy Date posted on August 13, 2018

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America the Gutted: the global garment industry’s fleeting hub

Published by rudy Date posted on October 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — The collapse of US apparel manufacturing has been good to Fely Curameng, a Filipina peasant-turned-factory boss. Through windows in her air-conditioned office, she looks out upon of an army of bent backs. A hive of workers on the factory floor hunch over automatic sewing machines. The staccato of needles firing thread into…

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Death by exaggeration

Published by rudy Date posted on July 9, 2012

When Mark Twain learned about news reports claiming he had died, the American icon replied with the famous line: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”. In like manner, representatives of the textile and garments industry have recently come together to state for the record that the industry may be struggling but it is…

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Is DTI serious about garments?

Published by rudy Date posted on July 4, 2012

One of the things the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is supposed to do is help local industries so they can hire more people and reduce the country’s unemployment rate. But we haven’t heard much about DTI’s efforts in this area.

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DFA chief vows to push pro-RP garments industry bill in US

Published by rudy Date posted on March 5, 2012

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario admitted that pushing for the passage in the United States Congress of a garments legislation that is favorable to the Philippines is a tough crusade but vowed to continue the fight for it relentlessly to ensure job generation and help revive the ailing textile sector in the country.

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Phl revises bill to help local garment sector

Published by rudy Date posted on January 4, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will have to remove two to three sections of the “cut and sew” portion of the Save the Industries Act to reduce the waived duties of the United States to $200 million, a ranking government official said.

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Phl waters down Save Act by cutting no. of garment categories

Published by rudy Date posted on November 28, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines have agreed to water down the Save the Industries Act bill lodged before the US Congress by reducing the garment categories to nine instead of 17.

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A glint of hope for the passage of SAVE Act

Published by rudy Date posted on October 20, 2011

ASIDE from being the Director of the DTI Public Relations Office, I also head the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) as its Executive Director. When I assumed office this year, it was right smack in the middle of a long-drawn out advocacy campaign for the SAVE Act which began in 2008. It is…

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Bill to revive Phl textile industry gains support in US Congress

Published by rudy Date posted on August 15, 2011

WASHINGTON – Support for Save Our Industries act among US legislators is growing and the measure, which seeks to allow Philippine-made apparel using US fabrics to enter the United States duty free, could be taken up by the US Congress in the coming months, said Philippine ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia.

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Rigodon in garment industry bucked

Published by rudy Date posted on August 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The domestic garment and textile industry has opposed a plan by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to transfer the function of Garment and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO), the agency which oversees the industry, to the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the government’s export promotions arm, saying…

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Save Act measure refiled in US Senate

Published by rudy Date posted on June 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – Sen. Daniel Inouye has refiled in the US Senate a bill which seeks to revive the dying textile industry in the Philippines and generate some 200,000 jobs while at the same time opening up the Asian market for American textile.

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Aquino should personally lobby for SAVE Act

Published by rudy Date posted on May 31, 2011

THE Save Our Industries Act, a bill in the US Congress that would enable the freer entry of Philippine-made garments into the highly lucrative US market, would be re-filed in the current 112th Congress after it was snubbed in the last legislative session.

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US-based Pinoys urged to support Save Act

Published by rudy Date posted on May 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  The move for SAVE Act to be passed in the US Congress is gaining momentum in key cities all over the US, the Garments and Textile Industries Development Office (GTIDO) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

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SAVE Act lobby gaining momentum in key US cities

Published by rudy Date posted on May 26, 2011

The lobby in support of the SAVE Act which is pending in the US Congress is gaining momentum in key cities all over the country.

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Garment group mulls database to help revive ailing industry

Published by rudy Date posted on May 21, 2011

MANILA, Philippines- The Garment and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) is looking at creating a centralized database in order to help revive the local garments and textile industry.

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Labor, employers unite in backing US Save Act

Published by rudy Date posted on May 20, 2011

The labor and employers sectors in the local garments and textile industry banded together, in an unprecedented move, to back the SAVE Act bill now pending in the US Congress. The passage of the bill is expected to generate jobs for workers who were displaced when the US stopped issuing quotas on garments imports in…

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Government preparing 5-year plan to revive ailing garments industry

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The government is preparing a five-year Garment Plan in an attempt to revive the ailing local garments industry by developing new markets like the European Union.

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Saving our garments and textile industry

Published by rudy Date posted on April 7, 2011

THURSDAY THANKS SINCE 2006, the garments and textile sector has been experiencing a steady decline in export growth until last year. In a data provided by NSO, the total Philippine exports in 2010 for wearables (garments and textile, fine and costume jewelry, bags, and footwear) amounted to $1,442,250 million with garments and textile accounting for…

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Passage of Save Act doubtful, says USTR

Published by rudy Date posted on March 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office is doubtful that the Save the Industries Act, the bill touted to save the ailing Philippine garments industry, will be passed because the Philippines has labor and intellectual property rights issues, the Board of Investments (BOI) said.

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US ties labor, IPR issues to garments bill

Published by rudy Date posted on March 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – U.S. authorities have raised labor and intellectual property rights issues of the Philippines as deterrents to an early passage of the proposed garments and textile bill “Save Our Industries Act”, which seeks to revive the textile and garments industries of both the U.S. and the Philippines.

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US senator refiles Save Act

Published by rudy Date posted on February 21, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  US Senator John Ensign from Nevada has refiled the Save the Industries Act before the US Senate in a bid to help revive the local Philippine textile industry.

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DTI sees better chance for garment bill

Published by rudy Date posted on February 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes it has a better chance of passing its proposed “Save our Industries Act” bill, which has been refiled in the US Congress recently, as the new bill presents a more comprehensive strategy to justify its passage.

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Government looking to rehash garments ecozone plan

Published by rudy Date posted on January 20, 2011

THE GOVERNMENT could revive plans to establish economic zones for garment exporters as growing demand from China may spark a flurry of factory expansions, a Board of Investments (BoI) official said.

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Concessions seen needed in new proposed US garment bill

Published by rudy Date posted on January 19, 2011

THE PHILIPPINES has to accept the fact that its benefits under a proposed trade scheme favoring its garment exports to the US will have to be cut if the measure is to have a better chance of getting approved by the new Congress there, government and private sector officials yesterday said.

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RP garment firms to get help in accessing China

Published by rudy Date posted on January 18, 2011

Local garment makers will receive pointers from Chinese experts on penetrating the lucrative China market.

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Phl may lose $5-M potential investment if US Congress rejects Save Act

Published by rudy Date posted on January 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines may lose $5 million worth of investment for a denim facility if the US Congress decides to nix the Save the Industries Act.

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