OFWs won't be required to pay airport fees by March 2017

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(SPOT.ph) Overseas Filipino Workers will have lesser expenses to think about when their exemption from paying the airport terminal fee starts on March 2017. This was announced by Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal on November 27 at the Manila Hotel.


The airport fee (a.k.a. International Passenger Service Charge), which has been integrated into airline tickets since 2014, costs P550. Technically, this can be refunded by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) upon their departure from the Philippines as mandated by Manila International Airport Authority Memorandum Circular No. 8. However, most people don't get this done because the process takes too long. More than P1 billion has been collected since the policy started, but about half remains unclaimed and are kept in the general fund of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


“This is a positive development for OFWs. We have been fighting this since it is a burden for OFWs since we expect to become a source of corruption especially if they cannot immediately get their refunds,” Migrante International Deputy Sec.-Gen. Mic Catuira told Manila Bulletin in a text message.

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