MANILA- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered airline companies to stop including the travel tax and terminal fees in ticket prices issued to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, in a letter to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, said OFWs are exempted from paying travel tax and terminal fees based on Presidential Decree No. 1183 and Republic Act No.8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995.
"It has come to my attention that the travel tax and terminal fees are being included in the cost of the airline tickets issued to our OFWs. While some OFWs were refunded of these fees at the airport prior to their departure, most of them, however, were not refunded because of lack of awareness about this privilege or lack of time to process their claim for refund,” Bello said.
Belo also asked the CAAP to remit the travel tax and terminal fees which were not refunded to OFWs to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
The labor secretary also instructed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and OWWA to coordinate with CAAP and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) in planning a mechanism for the automatic exemption of OFWs in paying of travel tax and terminals.