A long line of returning Filipino workers queue on a special immigration lane for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on arrival at Manila airport, 08 April 2006. Cash transfers to the Philippines by its large work force abroad rose to 10.8 percent in the first four months but they tailed off in April as less Filipinos were deployed overseas, the Central Bank said 15 June 2006. The government expects the full-year total to be at least 10 percent above the record remittances of 10.7 billion USD in 2005. AFP PHOTO / ROME GACAD
Buhay OFW

OFWs now exempted from terminal fees

Starting April 30, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will no longer pay terminal fees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) according to the agency overseeing terminal operations on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

In the current system, OFWs are required to pay Php 550 terminal fee when booking tickets online and in order to get the refund, OFWs need to queue up to claim the refund before departure, but others end up failing to claim them due to hectic flight schedule.

Airline companies will be signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to eliminate the said process, says General Manager Ed Monreal. The implementation was supposed to have started in March but was delayed due to finalizing the implementing rules.

OFWs who failed to get refunds for previously purchased tickets can still do so in the future, the general manager continues.

Source: ABS-CBN News