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While the Garments and Textile Industry Roadmap is under development, the BOI is also teaming up with the Confederation of Wearables Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) and different industry associations for the first-ever Philippine Garment and Leather Goods Industries & Fabric Expo to further promote the industry. To be held from August 23 to 26, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, the event aims to put the spotlight on the Philippine potentials to produce export-quality garments and textiles products, and the thriving garments and footwear manufacturers in the country. Organized by the Philippine Exhibitions and Trade Corporation (PETCO) and CP Exhibition Ltd. Hong Kong, the Expo will also feature a series of business forums, factory visits, business matching between investors and exhibitors, and a Philippine Pavilion, which design and construction was spearheaded by the BOI. “The Expo comes in an opportune time as BOI and other relevant government agencies are ramping up efforts to sustain and further strengthen the growth momentum of the manufacturing sector,” Undersecretary Rodolfo said. Over 70 companies both from local and foreign countries are participating in the Expo which is seen to become an annual event after the first edition. In a report by UN Comtrade, the Philippines was 6th among the top exporters of apparels to the United States in 1970. However, at the start of the 20th century, the export sales of the industry dwindled, leaving the country out of the primary apparel producers globally. The Philippine garments and textile industry trade have steadily and continuously declined between 2005 and Its garment export performance dropped by 39% from USD 2,287 million in 2005 to USD 1,402 million in 2011. In 2016, the industry exported a total of US$1,226 million and imported US$1,479 million worth of garments. Data from the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) show that employment under the textile and garment industry in the country is at 137,000 and 422,000, respectively in 2015.
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