Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will no longer need to line up to get their refund for the terminal fee starting March 2017.
According to The Philippine Star, on Monday, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal revealed this development during the Samahang Plaridel news forum.
Usually, the P550 terminal fee is included on the ticket price when an airline ticket is purchased online or via the ticket office. Then, OFWs get their refund before departure at the airport. However, due to hectic schedules, many of them simply leave without getting the refund.
Now, Monreal said that his office will give the refund as long as the OFWs keep the e-ticket, boarding pass, and passport regardless of the date they were purchased or stamped so they can present these documents afterwards.
He said, “Anytime they [the OFWs] can [request for the]refund as long as they present the usual requirements.”
Monreal is also working on the technical details with international airlines to complete remove the terminal fee that millions of OFWs have opposed for a long time now.
Sources say that over a billion pesos has been collected since the terminal fee was included in the ticket. As of now, half of this amount is not yet claimed by many OFWs from all over the world.
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