The removal of textile export quotas in January 2005 would increase export options for the Philippines garment industry, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Noemi Saludo said.

Saludo, who is also president of exporting firm Philippine Integrates Exporters Inc, told reporters that a quota-free regime presented exporters with the opportunity to explore more markets, despite the fact that some garment producers were wary of an adverse impact.

Saludo recently took over from Sergio Ortiz-Luiz as PCCI president.

The United States is currently the largest foreign market for garments made in the Philippines, with exports standing at US$1.6 billion.