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28/02/2012: Representative Rigell of Virginia Proud to be Co-Sponsor of Save Act

Shown in the photo above are Ambassador Cuisia (fifth from left, standing) and Representative Rigell (sixth from right, standing) with Filipino American community leaders in Virginia Beach. Photo courtesy of Ms. Bing Branigin.

28 FEBRUARY 2012, WASHINGTON, DC. Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA) became the 20th co-sponsor of the Save Our Industries Act (H.R. 2387), a bill that would provide for preferential duty treatment to Philippine apparel made of U.S. fabrics. Representative Rigell represents the 2nd District of Virginia which encompasses all of Accomack and Northampton Counties and the City of Virginia Beach and parts of the cities of Norfolk and Hampton. Representative Rigell sits on the Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Homeland Security, and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

In a letter to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Representative Rigell said that he is “pleased to share with you here that I am now a proud co-sponsor of H.R. 2387, the SAVE Act.” Ambassador Cuisia thanked Congressman Rigell saying that he was very much encouraged by the congressman’s expression of support. A trade agreement with the Phillippines such as the SAVE Act supports the national economic and strategic objectives of both the Philippines and the United States. The U.S. currently exports very little in textiles to Asia, and the SAVE Act would provide for the first time a real opportunity to export to this significant and growing market. This opportunity could account for hundreds of millions in new textile exports in a short period of time.

Earlier, on February 7, Representative Rigell hosted Ambassador Cuisia at a reception in his residence in Washington, D.C. During the reception, the Ambassador had the chance of meeting with Filipino American community leaders from the congressman’s district. He briefed Representative Rigell and the community leaders on the significant strides being made in expanding further the alliance and friendship between the Philippines and the United States. The Ambassador also noted the close relationship between the Embassy and the Filipino community in his district and in the bigger Hampton Roads region. He also encouraged Representative Rigell to become a member of the Philippines-United States Friendship Caucus in the House of Representatives.

Among those present during the reception were State Delegate Ron Villanueva, Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk Tina Sinnen, Mr. Bert Dayao, Mr. Nony Abrajano, Dr. Juan Montero, Mr. Roy Estaris, Mrs. Naomi Estaris, Mrs. Bing Branigin, Mr. Paul Cacanidin, Mrs. Nida Cacanidin, and Mr. Jamie Reyes. The Ambassador expressed great appreciation for these Filipino American community leaders for their strong support not only for the SAVE Act but also for the enhancement of Filipino-American friendship. END.