VICE PRES. BINAY WANTS TO STOP IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICE CHARGE
“I welcome the decision of the Pasay Regional Trial Court to temporarily stop the collection of airport fees from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW),” Vice Pres. Binay said.
I am concerned about the implementation of the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) scheme without consultation with our OFWs, he added.
The IPSC integrates the terminal fee with airplane tickets, automatically requiring all passengers including OFWs to pay P550.
By virtue of the Migrant Workers’ Act of 1995, OFWs are exempted from paying airport fee, travel tax and documentary stamp upon presentation of their overseas employment certificate (OEC) issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
The government must address the problem in our airports, and make the arrival and departure of passengers as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Efforts to improve airport service are welcomed. However, imposing fees and charges on our OFWs should not be done unilaterally, Binay stressed.
He called the Manila International Airport Authority and the Department of Transportation and Communications to defer the implementation of the IPSC scheme, and seek a dialog with our OFWs and other stakeholders. We must listen to their voices and address their concerns over the IPSC. /MP