House of Representatives asked to investigate terminal fee collected from OFWs

OFW Family party-list Representative filed a House Resolution asking House Committees on Overseas Workers Affairs and Transportation to look into International Passengers Service Charge. The charge worth PhP550, commonly known as terminal fees are automatically collected upon airline ticket purchase of international passengers even from overseas Filipino workers.

“The law exempts OFWs from the payment of the airport terminal fee. The circular contravenes the very spirit and intent of the law,” Representative Roy V. Señeres Sr. said. “The circular holds no water since the mere act of collecting airport terminal fees from OFWs already constitutes a violation of the law.”

Señeres, who served as Philippine Ambassador to United Arab Emirates in 1990s, said that OFWs are contributing USD22 billion yearly to the country’s economy in form of remittance. “The OFWs comprise the country’s army of economic warriors who fight grinding poverty in the country in various war theaters overseas.”