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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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Philippines exports reawakening from decade-long sleep 5 Nov 2018

The Philippines' latest national trade data suggests a recent slump may be over for the southeast Asian country's troubled garment export sector thanks to a surge in the number of foreign investors shifting production from China to avoid the additional US tariffs. 


Philippines eyes shift in Chinese garment investment 26 Sep 2018

Signs are emerging of an accelerating relocation of garment investment from China to the Philippines, amidst the US imposing an additional 10% duty on textile and some clothing products from China.


Philippine unions celebrate maternity win 14 Sep 2018

Unions in the Philippines are celebrating the passage of a bill on expanded maternity leave by the House of Representatives that will soon become law.


New expo to attract Philippines garment investors 24 Aug 2018

The first Philippine Garment Industry and Fabric Expo is taking place this weekend, focusing on attracting potential investors to the country’s garment market.


Philippines looks to scale up local garment sector 16 Jul 2018

The Philippines' leading investment promotion agency has met with garment and textile manufacturers in the country's Taytay district to discuss scaling up the sector and making it more competitive as part of a government roadmap for the industry.


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.