Filipinos Urge Support for Duty-Free Act

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Filipino community leaders are supporting a bill that allows the Philippines to export garments to the United States duty-free, contending that it will be beneficial to the economy of both countries, Asian Journal reports. The Save Our Industries (SAVE) Act is a bilateral agreement between the United States and the Philippines that would allow the latter to export locally-assembled garments duty-free, provided that the garments are made from fabric purchased from the United States. The National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) urged Filipino Americans to contact their senators and representatives to ask them to support the SAVE Act when the new Congress convenes in January.

The Philippine government earlier has reached out to the Filipino-American community to ask for support of these bills, and are particularly targeting large enclaves in Nevada, California and Texas to support the bill. House Resolution 3039 was sponsored by Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott of Washington and Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray of California . In the Senate, meanwhile, Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Republican Senator Christopher Bond, from Missouri , sponsored Senate Bill 3170.