MANILA – The Pasay Regional Trial Court has temporarily stopped the implementation of the integrated terminal fee in all airline tickets of international flights.
The Pasay RTC Branch 109 issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Friday, granting the petition of several overseas Filipino workers' groups and advocates.
A Memorandum Circular of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) mandating airline and travel agencies to integrate the terminal fee of P550 in the price of airline tickets was supposed to take effect on November 1.
The OFW groups argued that the circular violates a provision in the Migrant Workers Act, which exempts OFWs from paying travel taxes, documentary stamps and airport terminal fees.
Recruitment industry leader and former OFW Lito Soriano lauded the court’s decision to grant the TRO.
"Napatunayang Philippine justice system works for these people that are marginalized like OFWs,” he told dzMM.
MIAA, meanwhile, said it will honor the TRO and will suspend the implementation of the integrated terminal fee.
“In view of the TRO issued by the Court on the integration of the International Passenger Service Charge (or better known as Terminal Fee), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is hereby suspending its implementation,” it said in a statement. -- With a report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM