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P277M inipit ng PAL-Lucio Tan, CebuPac-Gokongwei

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NANAWAGAN ang isang kongresista sa Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific ­(CebuPac) at iba pang airline gayundin sa mga opisyal ng paliparan na madaliin ang refund ng travel tax at terminal fee para sa mga overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

Ayon kay Leyte Rep. Henry Ong, chairman ng House committee banks and financial intermediaries, na pani­guradong may high-tech na paraan para direktang mai-refund ang travel tax at terminal fee sa OFWs.

“Making some 2.3 million OFWs personally line up to get their refund seems like such an antiquated way of disbursing P277.65 million worth of refunds. The airlines must certainly have personal data on each of the OFWs who boarded their international flights and with that data, they can find a financial technology solution,” mungkahi ni Ong.

Nakasaad sa Republic Act (RA) 8042 o Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 na exempted sa travel tax at airport fee ang mga Pinoy worker basta may maipapakitang katibayan na galing sa Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Sumasang-ayon si Ong kay Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal na ang refund ay dapat direktang ibigay sa OFWs.

“But how that can be effectively and efficiently done is something the tech guys of the airlines and airports should be able to sort out. If they cannot resolve the problem, Congress may have to exercise its oversight powers to intervene on behalf of OFWs. I hope it does not have to come to that because the sooner this problem is settled, the sooner OFWs can get their refund,” ayon pa sa kongresista.

Ang PAL ay minamay-ari ng negos­yanteng si Lucio Tan, habang ang CebuPac ay kontrolado naman ng pamilya Gokongwei.

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