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No More Terminal Fee for OFWs Starting April 2017


 The  P550 Terminal Fee that is being integrated with the air ticket purchased by the OFWs will no longer be charged starting April 2017. This is a promise made by MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal to the public and to the OFWs as a response to the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the burden of the OFWs shouldering the terminal fee whereas the law stated that they are exempted to pay such fees.
That was according to the news dated November 29 last year. This year, that promise is about to be fulfilled in just a matter of days.



Earlier this month, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III  asked the airline companies to stop the P550 terminal fee to the OFWs. In his letter to CAAP’s Director General Capt.Jim Sydiongco, he ordered that the terminal fee and travel taxes be made free for the OFWs in accordance with PD 1183 and RA 8042 that has been amended and became RA10022. the order has been made because of the information that he received that most of the OFWs were not being able to get their refund for the terminal fee charged on their air ticket. He also asked the airline companies that the unrefunded terminal fees be remitted to OWWA. He also directed POEA and OWWA to coordinate with CAAP and MIAA for “immediate operationalization of a mechanism for automatic exemption of OFWs in paying of travel tax and terminals.”


According to Bello, airline companies should “cease and desist from incorporating the cost of travel tax and terminal fees in the cost of their tickets issued to OFWs.”

“It has come to my attention that the travel tax and terminal fees are being included in the cost of the airline tickets issued to our OFWs. While some OFWs were refunded these fees at the airport prior to their departure, most of them, however, were not refunded because of lack of awareness about this privilege or lack of time to process their claim for refund,” Bello said.

“Considering that the inclusion of these travel tax and terminal fees in the cost of tickets has been a practice of airline companies for several years, we request that the travel tax and fees collected from our OFWs which were not refunded to them be remitted to the OWWA,” he added.

The signing of Memorandum of 
Agreement between the Airlines and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)) aimed to stop collecting terminal fee from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that was imposed by the previous airport administration in 2015 is set on Wednesday according to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal and the MOA will take effect starting April this year.

Monreal came up with the decision after his office worked on technical details and coordinated with international airlines in eliminating the P550 terminal fee.
The signing will be attended by airlines concerned, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and other OFW advocates and some recruitment agency representatives.

This development can be counted as a victory for the OFWs and families as this sector strongly opposed terminal fee integration since the very beginning of its implementation.

In Feb. 2015, former MIAA chief Angel Honrado imposed the inclusion of the P550 terminal fee in the airline tickets purchased online and outside the country.  OFWs were told to refund the amount at the Land Bank of the Philippines counter located at the departure area before boarding instead of exempting them from paying it. Since the integration of the airport’s terminal fee from OFWs air ticket, over P1.5 billion have been unclaimed by OFWs and remained in the general fund of the NAIA.

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