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Weak minimum wage compliance in Asia garment industry 7 Oct 2016

The rate of minimum wage non-compliance among seven major garment exporting nations in Asia is highest in the Philippines and India, according to a new report, with more than half of workers in these countries under-paid.

Philippines garment sector upbeat over EU GSP+ 19 Jan 2015

The Philippines' garment sector is expected to be a key beneficiary of the country's inclusion within the European Union's (EU) GSP+ scheme from 1 January, allowing the export of 6,274 additional items of all kinds to the EU at zero tariffs over the next 10 years.

Philippine garment industry pins hopes on trade progress 17 Dec 2013

The Philippine garment industry is optimistic that in the next few years nearly 500,000 new textile and garment jobs can be created if the country obtains beneficial trade access to the European Union and United States.

Philippines garment exporters seeking SAVE Act 27 Mar 2013

America's Save Our Industries Act, also known as the SAVE Act, which would give a range of Philippines-made apparel duty-free access to the US, looks increasingly likely to be implemented. And the Filipino clothing and textile sector is happy.

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US and Philippines renew trade agreement talks 13 Jul 2018

The Philippines and the US have renewed their interest in exploring a possible free trade agreement in a bid to further deepen bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries.

Unions launch Philippines garment living wage campaign 14 Aug 2017

A group of Philippine trade unions has launched a campaign aimed at achieving a living wage for the country's textile and garment workers.

Philippines to issue garment industry guidelines 1 Aug 2017

Garment manufacturers, exporters, and subcontractors in the Philippines will soon have to abide by a new set of government guidelines that require compliance with global labour standards if they are to benefit from preferential tariffs.

Philippines garment workers trained in negotiation skills 20 Mar 2017

A collective bargaining and negotiation training course has helped prepare union officers to negotiate for better working conditions in the Philippines' textile and garment sector.

American & Efird inks Philippines licensing deal 16 Nov 2016

Industrial sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) is expanding its business in southeast Asia, inking a licensing deal with a leading thread producer in the Philippines.

EU and Philippines to begin free trade talks 25 Nov 2015

The European Union (EU) and the Philippines are to start talks on a free-trade agreement, in an attempt to boost trade and investment.

Philippines R&D centre to push tropical fabrics 2 Jun 2015

The Philippine textile industry is hoping to put tropical fabrics, made from products such as pineapple and banana, into the mainstream market with the opening of a new innovation centre.

Calls for investigation into Philippines factory fire 22 May 2015

The Philippine government is being urged to carry out a "full and detailed" investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fire at a footwear factory in the country earlier this month, which killed 72 workers.

UPDATE: Fire destroys Philippines footwear factory 14 May 2015

Seventy-two people are now thought to have died in a huge blaze that gutted a footwear factory in the Philippines yesterday (13 May).

Philippines raises bar on exporters' labour standards 28 Apr 2015

The Philippine government’s department of labour and employment (DOLE) has signed an agreement to help the country’s exporters meet international standards on worker welfare.