Philippine labor dep’t tells airlines to stop collecting travel tax, airport fees


MANILA – Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered airline companies not to iinclude travel tax and terminal fees in tickets of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

The directive was contained in a letter sent by Bello to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) as he stressed that OFWs are exempted from paying the tax and fee.

He told CAAP chief Jim Sydiongco that the fees were still included in the OFW’s’ airline tickets as he cited Presidential Decree (PD) 1183 and Republic Act (RA) 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995, which exempts OFWs from paying the tax and fee.

He asked the CAAP to meet with representatives of various government offices in airports around the country to stop collecting the travel tax and terminal fees.

“While some OFWs were refunded these fees at the airport prior to their departure, most of them were not refunded because of lack of awareness about this privilege or lack of time to process their claim for refund,” Bello said.

Meanwhile, Bello told the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to coordinate with the CAAP and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) with regard the automatic exemption of OFWs from paying the travel tax and airport fee. GAC/Expat Media


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