The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) brought the Philippine campaign to save the country’s garment industry another step forward with a meeting on Tuesday between Foreign Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
However, the DFA did not divulge details of the meeting.
The senator from Hawaii is the leading U.S. advocate of at least two legislations on the Philippines now pending in the U.S. Congress: the garments industry-based Save Our Industries Act (SAVE) and the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act.
The SAVE Act equates to more jobs and increased export incomes for the Philippine apparel industry and the U.S. textile industry.
The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, on the other hand, exempts children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas.
Following the Romulo-Inouye meeting, DFA reiterated that “the development assistance approved by the U.S. Congress for the Philippines ensures that peace and development are sustained in the country, particularly in Mindanao.”