It is now official. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) waiving the P550 terminal fee for OFWs has already been signed on March 15, 2017 by and between The Department of Transportation- Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and 40 airline companies operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Yes, starting April 30, 2017, the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) or the P550 terminal fee is waived for overseas Filipino workers, pilgrims, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) delegates and others authorized by law and the Office of the President traveling outside the country .
In a phone interview with DZMM TeleRadyo, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said that upon purchase of tickets beginning April 30, the overseas workers will no longer be charged P550.
MIAA originally aimed to remove the fees by March but encountered delays in polishing the implementing rules. “Medyo natagalan lang po iyan kasi mahabang proseso ang aming pinagdaanan, may mga dapat kaming ayusin,” Monreal added. [We encountered slight delays because we went through a lot of process and had to review many details.]
OFWs may also continue to claim refunds for previously purchased tickets as long as they present their E-ticket, boarding pass and passport. Migrant workers no longer need to line up for refund when departing from NAIA.
Watch Monreal’s phone interview with Noli de Castro of DZMM TeleRadyo:
To recall, the Department of Labor and Employment had already taken the initiative and talked with the airline companies requesting the exemption of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from paying travel tax and terminal fees.
Moreover, the Department of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III restated that the airline tickets given to OFWs should exclude cost of travel tax and terminal as per Presidential Decree No. 1183 and R. A. No.8042, or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995, as amended by R. A. No. 100022.
“This is a gift to the OFWs from our President and is a manifestation of his concern for their welfare,” Tugawe said.