MANILA-- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) calls for full accounting of the Php 550 terminal fee that were collected from departing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
"We, CBCP ECMI, is asking for full accounting of PHP550 which have been refunded. How much and where are they now? We remind our government officials those money are from blood, tears sweats of our OFWs," said Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP-ECMI.
He noted that the money that have been collected should be used for the welfare of the Filipino workers as it entirely belong to them
"The money should be utilized or be spent for the well-being of our OFWs. The money belongs to them, no one else," the Bataan prelate said.
With this, Santos lauded the order to terminate the collection of terminal fee which is effective starting Sunday.
"It is a welcome relief and comfort for our OFW with the termination of Php 550 terminal fee this coming April 30. But make no mistake that OFWs are exempted from that Php 550 terminal fee," he said.
The Catholic prelate stressed that the Manila International Airport Administration (MIAA) issued Memorandum No. 8, series of 2014, "is just a burden and hardship to our OFWs. It does not help them but rather shows indifference and being insensitive of the previous govt officials."
The Memorandum has integrated the International Passenger Service Charge or terminal fee into all airline tickets to address the congestion in all the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals with the increasing number of passengers.
"We are grateful and appreciate that present MIAA administration has ceased charging our OFW with that PHP550. That is just and fair enough. We have to show compassion and be grateful for services and sacrifices of our OFW," he added.
Source: Philippines News Agency