A Philippine senator on Tuesday filed a bill demanding local fabric and dyes be used in uniforms for 1.4 million government workers in a bid to save the country's struggling fabric and dye industry.

Senator Edgardo Angara said cheap fabric imports had devastated the domestic fabric and dyeing industry and said state uniforms should be produced from local materials such as abaca, maguey, banana and other tropical plants and animals.

He said the bill would create scores of new jobs and please the green lobby as tropical fabric and dyes are better for the environment than petroleum-based synthetic fabric.