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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

No More Terminal Fee Integrated on Air Tickets Purchased by OFWs Starting April 2017

The  P550 terminal fee that is being integrated with the air ticket purchased by the OFWs will no longer be charged starting April 2017. This is a promise made by MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal to the public and to the OFWs as a response to the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the burden of the OFWs shouldering the terminal fee whereas the law stated that they are exempted to pay such fees. That was according to the news dated November 29 last year. This year, that promise is about to be fulfilled in just a matter of days.    Earlier this month, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III  asked the airline companies to stop the P550 terminal fee to the OFWs. In his letter to CAAP's Director General Capt.Jim Sydiongco, he ordered that the terminal fee and travel taxes be made free for the OFWs in accordance with PD 1183 and RA 8042 that has been amended and became RA10022. the order has been made because of the information that he received that most of the OFWs were not being able to get their refund for the terminal fee charged on their air ticket. He also asked the airline companies that the unrefunded terminal fees be remitted to OWWA. He also directed POEA and OWWA to coordinate with CAAP and MIAA for “immediate operationalization of a mechanism for automatic exemption of OFWs in paying of travel tax and terminals.”    According to Bello, airline companies should “cease and desist from incorporating the cost of travel tax and terminal fees in the cost of their tickets issued to OFWs.” “It has come to my attention that the travel tax and terminal fees are being included in the cost of the airline tickets issued to our OFWs. While some OFWs were refunded these fees at the airport prior to their departure, most of them, however, were not refunded because of lack of awareness about this privilege or lack of time to process their claim for refund,” Bello said. “Considering that the inclusion of these travel tax and terminal fees in the cost of tickets has been a practice of airline companies for several years, we request that the travel tax and fees collected from our OFWs which were not refunded to them be remitted to the OWWA,” he added. The signing of Memorandum of  Agreement between the Airlines and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)) aimed to stop collecting terminal fee from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that was imposed by the previous airport administration in 2015 is set on Wednesday according to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal and the MOA will take effect starting April this year.  Monreal came up with the decision after his office worked on technical details and coordinated with international airlines in eliminating the P550 terminal fee. The signing will be attended by airlines concerned, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and other OFW advocates and some recruitment agency representatives.   This development can be counted as a victory for the OFWs and families as this sector strongly opposed terminal fee integration since the very beginning of its implementation.   In Feb. 2015, former MIAA chief Angel Honrado imposed the inclusion of the P550 terminal fee in the airline tickets purchased online and outside the country.  OFWs were told to refund the amount at the Land Bank of the Philippines counter located at the departure area before boarding instead of exempting them from paying it. Since the integration of the airport’s terminal fee from OFWs air ticket, over P1.5 billion have been unclaimed by OFWs and remained in the general fund of the NAIA.



 The  P550 terminal fee that is being integrated with the air ticket purchased by the OFWs will no longer be charged starting April 2017. This is a promise made by MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal to the public and to the OFWs as a response to the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the burden of the OFWs shouldering the terminal fee whereas the law stated that they are exempted to pay such fees.
That was according to the news dated November 29 last year. This year, that promise is about to be fulfilled in just a matter of days.



Earlier this month, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III  asked the airline companies to stop the P550 terminal fee to the OFWs. In his letter to CAAP's Director General Capt.Jim Sydiongco, he ordered that the terminal fee and travel taxes be made free for the OFWs in accordance with PD 1183 and RA 8042 that has been amended and became RA10022. the order has been made because of the information that he received that most of the OFWs were not being able to get their refund for the terminal fee charged on their air ticket. He also asked the airline companies that the unrefunded terminal fees be remitted to OWWA. He also directed POEA and OWWA to coordinate with CAAP and MIAA for “immediate operationalization of a mechanism for automatic exemption of OFWs in paying of travel tax and terminals.”



According to Bello, airline companies should “cease and desist from incorporating the cost of travel tax and terminal fees in the cost of their tickets issued to OFWs.”

“It has come to my attention that the travel tax and terminal fees are being included in the cost of the airline tickets issued to our OFWs. While some OFWs were refunded these fees at the airport prior to their departure, most of them, however, were not refunded because of lack of awareness about this privilege or lack of time to process their claim for refund,” Bello said.

“Considering that the inclusion of these travel tax and terminal fees in the cost of tickets has been a practice of airline companies for several years, we request that the travel tax and fees collected from our OFWs which were not refunded to them be remitted to the OWWA,” he added.

The signing of Memorandum of 
Agreement between the Airlines and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)) aimed to stop collecting terminal fee from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that was imposed by the previous airport administration in 2015 is set on Wednesday according to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal and the MOA will take effect starting April this year.
Monreal came up with the decision after his office worked on technical details and coordinated with international airlines in eliminating the P550 terminal fee.
The signing will be attended by airlines concerned, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and other OFW advocates and some recruitment agency representatives.



This development can be counted as a victory for the OFWs and families as this sector strongly opposed terminal fee integration since the very beginning of its implementation.


In Feb. 2015, former MIAA chief Angel Honrado imposed the inclusion of the P550 terminal fee in the airline tickets purchased online and outside the country.  OFWs were told to refund the amount at the Land Bank of the Philippines counter located at the departure area before boarding instead of exempting them from paying it. Since the integration of the airport’s terminal fee from OFWs air ticket, over P1.5 billion have been unclaimed by OFWs and remained in the general fund of the NAIA.

UPDATE: NAIA no longer collect terminal fee from the passengers. Watch the video below for details.


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NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES
In a Facebook post of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, he said that after a presentation made by Dept. of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Pres. Duterte emphasized the need for faster communications in the country.Pres. Duterte earlier said he would like the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) "to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed." As a response to the President's SONA statement, Salalima presented the  DICT's national broadband plan that aims to push for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside. 

Good news to the Filipinos whose business and livelihood rely on good and fast internet connection such as stocks trading and online marketing. President Rodrigo Duterte  has already approved the establishment of  the National Government Portal and a National Broadband Plan during the 13th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang today. In a facebook post of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, he said that after a presentation made by Dept. of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Pres. Duterte emphasized the need for faster communications in the country. Pres. Duterte earlier said he would like the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) "to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed." As a response to the President's SONA statement, Salalima presented the  DICT's national broadband plan that aims to push for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside.  The broadband program has been in the work since former President Gloria Arroyo but due to allegations of corruption and illegality, Mrs. Arroyo cancelled the US$329 million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China's ZTE Corp.just 6 months after she signed it in April 2007.  Fast internet connection benefits not only those who are on internet business and online business but even our over 10 million OFWs around the world and their families in the Philippines. When the era of snail mails, voice tapes and telegram  and the internet age started, communications with their loved one back home can be much easier. But with the Philippines being at #43 on the latest internet speed ranks, something is telling us that improvement has to made.                RECOMMENDED  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS


NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE
In January, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said that President Duterte had asked her to draft the executive order similar to what had been implemented in Davao City when he was a mayor, it is the "100% smoke-free environment in public places."Today, a text message from Sec. Manny Piñol to ABS-CBN News confirmed that President Duterte will sign an Executive Order to ban smoking in public places as drafted by the Department of Health (DOH).

If you know someone who is sick, had an accident  or relatives of an employee who died while on duty, you can help them and their families  by sharing them how to claim their benefits from the government through Employment Compensation Commission.  Here are the steps on claiming the Employee Compensation for private employees.        Step 1. Prepare the following documents:  Certificate of Employment- stating  the actual duties and responsibilities of the employee at the time of his sickness or accident.  EC Log Book- certified true copy of the page containing the particular sickness or accident that happened to the employee.  Medical Findings- should come from  the attending doctor the hospital where the employee was admitted.     Step 2. Gather the additional documents if the employee is;  1. Got sick: Request your company to provide  pre-employment medical check -up or  Fit-To-Work certification at the time that you first got hired . Also attach Medical Records from your company.  2. In case of accident: Provide an Accident report if the accident happened within the company or work premises. Police report if it happened outside the company premises (i.e. employee's residence etc.)  3 In case of Death:  Bring the Death Certificate, Medical Records and accident report of the employee. If married, bring the Marriage Certificate and the Birth Certificate of his children below 21 years of age.      FINAL ENTRY HERE, LINKS OTHERS   Step 3.  Gather all the requirements together and submit it to the nearest SSS office. Wait for the SSS decision,if approved, you will receive a notice and a cheque from the SSS. If denied, ask for a written denial letter from SSS and file a motion for reconsideration and submit it to the SSS Main office. In case that the motion is  not approved, write a letter of appeal and send it to ECC and wait for their decision.      Contact ECC Office at ECC Building, 355 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Makati, 1209 Metro ManilaPhone:(02) 899 4251 Recommended: NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES In a Facebook post of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, he said that after a presentation made by Dept. of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Pres. Duterte emphasized the need for faster communications in the country.Pres. Duterte earlier said he would like the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) "to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed." As a response to the President's SONA statement, Salalima presented the  DICT's national broadband plan that aims to push for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside.   Read more: http://www.jbsolis.com/2017/03/president-rodrigo-duterte-approved.html#ixzz4bC6eQr5N Good news to the Filipinos whose business and livelihood rely on good and fast internet connection such as stocks trading and online marketing. President Rodrigo Duterte  has already approved the establishment of  the National Government Portal and a National Broadband Plan during the 13th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang today. In a facebook post of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, he said that after a presentation made by Dept. of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Pres. Duterte emphasized the need for faster communications in the country. Pres. Duterte earlier said he would like the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) "to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed." As a response to the President's SONA statement, Salalima presented the  DICT's national broadband plan that aims to push for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside.  The broadband program has been in the work since former President Gloria Arroyo but due to allegations of corruption and illegality, Mrs. Arroyo cancelled the US$329 million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China's ZTE Corp.just 6 months after she signed it in April 2007.  Fast internet connection benefits not only those who are on internet business and online business but even our over 10 million OFWs around the world and their families in the Philippines. When the era of snail mails, voice tapes and telegram  and the internet age started, communications with their loved one back home can be much easier. But with the Philippines being at #43 on the latest internet speed ranks, something is telling us that improvement has to made.                RECOMMENDED  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  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KUWAIT HSW, INJURED AS SHE TRIED TO ESCAPE ABUSIVE EMPLOYER



An attempt to escape her abusive employer has endangered the life of a Filipina domestic helper after she got injured after she jumped from the 6th floor of her employers residence in Kuwait.  A report of Kuwait times said that the HSW has been found to be using a fake passport  provided by the recruiter where she applied for work in Kuwait. The real identity of the HSW  who claims that she is only 17 years old and her real name is Malaiha Omar  and not a 24-year old Rahima Omar that appears to her passport.   Omar, was allegedly caught stealing from her employer and she admitted that she did it during the interview. But she claims that her employer had been  treating her harshly ever since she came in Kuwait to work for them last August 2016. She narrated that they whipped her with a belt, shout at her and hit her in the face for even a petty mistake. She doesn't have much problem with it until her employer discovered that she has stolen An amount of KD110.  At the hospital, she narrated how she  ended up jumping off at the 6th floor of the building that caused her an injured left eye and a fractured leg. Omar said that she is really 17 years old and  she is from  a village in Datu Uddin Sinsuat, Cotabato “My male employer was asking about [his] missing pants, ” he narrated. “Out of fear, I said I don’t know, but I knew where the pants are. I was just too scared to tell him because I don’t want to be whipped again. I accidentally burned the pants while I was ironing them. So, he inspected my cabinet and found the damaged pants inside. There, he also found the money ...When they said that they are calling [a] police, I was terribly scared,” she said.  "I don’t know what to do because I don’t want to be arrested, so I jumped from the sixth floor," she added.     Omar’s recruitment agency told the Philippine Embassy that she would not file a lawsuit against her employers.  “I went to the hospital to check her condition and see how we could be of help whether the agency is helping or not. According to the recruitment agency personnel I spoke with, the young girl will not be filing complaints against her sponsor because she said it was her fault,” an embassy representative said. However, Omar is not pardoned as she will face attempted suicide charges filed by the local police. However, Omar's claim that the recruitment agency provided the fake passport she used to have a job in Kuwait and cheated on her identity and age is so alarming. "The recruitment agency should be suspended and banned, and should be subjected for investigation, at least," says a Filcom leader in Kuwait. Given her age of 17, she is not capable enough to handle such stressful situations and the recruitment  agency who sent her has to be blamed. After all, it is illegal to accept an underage applicant and worst, deploy them abroad using a falsified passport.  RECOMMENDED  NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO  SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES  NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE   EMIRATES ID CAN NOW BE USED AS HEALTH INSURANCE CARD  TODAY'S NEWS THAT WILL REVIVE YOUR TRUST TO THE PHIL GOVERNMENT  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  RELOCATING NAIA  THE HORROR AND TERROR OF BEING A HOUSEMAID IN SAUDI ARABIA  DUTERTE WARNING  NEW BAGGAGE RULES FOR DUBAI AIRPORT    HUGE FISH SIGHTINGS

©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

AT NAIA TERMINAL 1: DUBAI OFW, COMPANION MISSED THEIR FLIGHT BECAUSE OF UBE JAM?

 An OFW from Dubai with his Jordanian companion has not been able to board their flight because an OTS screener apprehended them because of carrying a jar of ube jam in their hand carry bag.     Sergio Padilla, an Office of Transportation Security screener allegedly attempted to extort the complainant OFW Carol Reynon Quebalayan after the officer found a jar of ube jam inside their hand carry bag and ask Quebalayan to go and talk to him at the side. Padilla told Quebalayan that her jars of ube jam is not allowed in hand carry and instructed her  to talk at the side instead of advising what she could do.   When Quebalayan refused to do what Padilla told, he allegedly shouted at her.    "We no longer had time to talk about it. My point is that if it's prohibited, then it's prohibited... then he said, shouting, 'If you do not want to talk about it at the side, throw it there at the side istead.  I would have agreed to throw it in the garbage but the way he communicated with us was improper," Quebalayan narrated.   The incident caused Quebalayan and her companion to miss their flight to Dubai.        She begged the airport officials to help her in rebooking a flight immediately because her companion needed to visit his sibling with cancer . They were able to get new tickets for P75,000 but the Jordanian later ended up in a hospital due to extreme distress.   Quebalayan also alleged that Anatalio Salaysay, another airport personnel, attempted to make her sign a waiver stating that they missed their flight because they were late without stating the circumstances that they missed the flight because of the apprehension made by the OTS personnel.  However, an airport policeman assisted Quebalayan to file a complaint. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said Padilla has been relieved of post and is now under investigation.  Monreal also find the OTS personnel strange and suspicious when he could just have confiscated and discarded the ube jam and let the passengers catch their flight.    ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO



An OFW from Dubai with his Jordanian companion has not been able to board their flight because an OTS screener apprehended them because of carrying a jar of ube jam in their hand carry bag.





Sergio Padilla, an Office of Transportation Security screener allegedly attempted to extort the complainant OFW Carol Reynon Quebalayan after the officer found a jar of ube jam inside their hand carry bag and ask Quebalayan to go and talk to him at the side.
Padilla told Quebalayan that her jars of ube jam is not allowed in hand carry and instructed her  to talk at the side instead of advising what she could do.
 An OFW from Dubai with his Jordanian companion has not been able to board their flight because an OTS screener apprehended them because of carrying a jar of ube jam in their hand carry bag.     Sergio Padilla, an Office of Transportation Security screener allegedly attempted to extort the complainant OFW Carol Reynon Quebalayan after the officer found a jar of ube jam inside their hand carry bag and ask Quebalayan to go and talk to him at the side. Padilla told Quebalayan that her jars of ube jam is not allowed in hand carry and instructed her  to talk at the side instead of advising what she could do.   When Quebalayan refused to do what Padilla told, he allegedly shouted at her.    "We no longer had time to talk about it. My point is that if it's prohibited, then it's prohibited... then he said, shouting, 'If you do not want to talk about it at the side, throw it there at the side istead.  I would have agreed to throw it in the garbage but the way he communicated with us was improper," Quebalayan narrated.   The incident caused Quebalayan and her companion to miss their flight to Dubai.        She begged the airport officials to help her in rebooking a flight immediately because her companion needed to visit his sibling with cancer . They were able to get new tickets for P75,000 but the Jordanian later ended up in a hospital due to extreme distress.   Quebalayan also alleged that Anatalio Salaysay, another airport personnel, attempted to make her sign a waiver stating that they missed their flight because they were late without stating the circumstances that they missed the flight because of the apprehension made by the OTS personnel.  However, an airport policeman assisted Quebalayan to file a complaint. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said Padilla has been relieved of post and is now under investigation.  Monreal also find the OTS personnel strange and suspicious when he could just have confiscated and discarded the ube jam and let the passengers catch their flight.    ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO


When Quebalayan refused to do what Padilla told, he allegedly shouted at her.
 An OFW from Dubai with his Jordanian companion has not been able to board their flight because an OTS screener apprehended them because of carrying a jar of ube jam in their hand carry bag.     Sergio Padilla, an Office of Transportation Security screener allegedly attempted to extort the complainant OFW Carol Reynon Quebalayan after the officer found a jar of ube jam inside their hand carry bag and ask Quebalayan to go and talk to him at the side. Padilla told Quebalayan that her jars of ube jam is not allowed in hand carry and instructed her  to talk at the side instead of advising what she could do.   When Quebalayan refused to do what Padilla told, he allegedly shouted at her.    "We no longer had time to talk about it. My point is that if it's prohibited, then it's prohibited... then he said, shouting, 'If you do not want to talk about it at the side, throw it there at the side istead.  I would have agreed to throw it in the garbage but the way he communicated with us was improper," Quebalayan narrated.   The incident caused Quebalayan and her companion to miss their flight to Dubai.        She begged the airport officials to help her in rebooking a flight immediately because her companion needed to visit his sibling with cancer . They were able to get new tickets for P75,000 but the Jordanian later ended up in a hospital due to extreme distress.   Quebalayan also alleged that Anatalio Salaysay, another airport personnel, attempted to make her sign a waiver stating that they missed their flight because they were late without stating the circumstances that they missed the flight because of the apprehension made by the OTS personnel.  However, an airport policeman assisted Quebalayan to file a complaint. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said Padilla has been relieved of post and is now under investigation.  Monreal also find the OTS personnel strange and suspicious when he could just have confiscated and discarded the ube jam and let the passengers catch their flight.    ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO


"We no longer had time to talk about it. My point is that if it's prohibited, then it's prohibited... then he said, shouting, 'If you do not want to talk about it at the side, throw it there at the side istead. 
I would have agreed to throw it in the garbage but the way he communicated with us was improper," Quebalayan narrated.


The incident caused Quebalayan and her companion to miss their flight to Dubai.


 An OFW from Dubai with his Jordanian companion has not been able to board their flight because an OTS screener apprehended them because of carrying a jar of ube jam in their hand carry bag.     Sergio Padilla, an Office of Transportation Security screener allegedly attempted to extort the complainant OFW Carol Reynon Quebalayan after the officer found a jar of ube jam inside their hand carry bag and ask Quebalayan to go and talk to him at the side. Padilla told Quebalayan that her jars of ube jam is not allowed in hand carry and instructed her  to talk at the side instead of advising what she could do.   When Quebalayan refused to do what Padilla told, he allegedly shouted at her.    "We no longer had time to talk about it. My point is that if it's prohibited, then it's prohibited... then he said, shouting, 'If you do not want to talk about it at the side, throw it there at the side istead.  I would have agreed to throw it in the garbage but the way he communicated with us was improper," Quebalayan narrated.   The incident caused Quebalayan and her companion to miss their flight to Dubai.        She begged the airport officials to help her in rebooking a flight immediately because her companion needed to visit his sibling with cancer . They were able to get new tickets for P75,000 but the Jordanian later ended up in a hospital due to extreme distress.   Quebalayan also alleged that Anatalio Salaysay, another airport personnel, attempted to make her sign a waiver stating that they missed their flight because they were late without stating the circumstances that they missed the flight because of the apprehension made by the OTS personnel.  However, an airport policeman assisted Quebalayan to file a complaint. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said Padilla has been relieved of post and is now under investigation.  Monreal also find the OTS personnel strange and suspicious when he could just have confiscated and discarded the ube jam and let the passengers catch their flight.    ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO





She begged the airport officials to help her in rebooking a flight immediately because her companion needed to visit his sibling with cancer .
They were able to get new tickets for P75,000 but the Jordanian later ended up in a hospital due to extreme distress.
 An OFW from Dubai with his Jordanian companion has not been able to board their flight because an OTS screener apprehended them because of carrying a jar of ube jam in their hand carry bag.     Sergio Padilla, an Office of Transportation Security screener allegedly attempted to extort the complainant OFW Carol Reynon Quebalayan after the officer found a jar of ube jam inside their hand carry bag and ask Quebalayan to go and talk to him at the side. Padilla told Quebalayan that her jars of ube jam is not allowed in hand carry and instructed her  to talk at the side instead of advising what she could do.   When Quebalayan refused to do what Padilla told, he allegedly shouted at her.    "We no longer had time to talk about it. My point is that if it's prohibited, then it's prohibited... then he said, shouting, 'If you do not want to talk about it at the side, throw it there at the side istead.  I would have agreed to throw it in the garbage but the way he communicated with us was improper," Quebalayan narrated.   The incident caused Quebalayan and her companion to miss their flight to Dubai.        She begged the airport officials to help her in rebooking a flight immediately because her companion needed to visit his sibling with cancer . They were able to get new tickets for P75,000 but the Jordanian later ended up in a hospital due to extreme distress.   Quebalayan also alleged that Anatalio Salaysay, another airport personnel, attempted to make her sign a waiver stating that they missed their flight because they were late without stating the circumstances that they missed the flight because of the apprehension made by the OTS personnel.  However, an airport policeman assisted Quebalayan to file a complaint. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said Padilla has been relieved of post and is now under investigation.  Monreal also find the OTS personnel strange and suspicious when he could just have confiscated and discarded the ube jam and let the passengers catch their flight.    ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

Quebalayan also alleged that Anatalio Salaysay, another airport personnel, attempted to make her sign a waiver stating that they missed their flight because they were late without stating the circumstances that they missed the flight because of the apprehension made by the OTS personnel. 
However, an airport policeman assisted Quebalayan to file a complaint.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said Padilla has been relieved of post and is now under investigation.

Monreal also find the OTS personnel strange and suspicious when he could just have confiscated and discarded the ube jam and let the passengers catch their flight.
 An OFW from Dubai with his Jordanian companion has not been able to board their flight because an OTS screener apprehended them because of carrying a jar of ube jam in their hand carry bag.     Sergio Padilla, an Office of Transportation Security screener allegedly attempted to extort the complainant OFW Carol Reynon Quebalayan after the officer found a jar of ube jam inside their hand carry bag and ask Quebalayan to go and talk to him at the side. Padilla told Quebalayan that her jars of ube jam is not allowed in hand carry and instructed her  to talk at the side instead of advising what she could do.   When Quebalayan refused to do what Padilla told, he allegedly shouted at her.    "We no longer had time to talk about it. My point is that if it's prohibited, then it's prohibited... then he said, shouting, 'If you do not want to talk about it at the side, throw it there at the side istead.  I would have agreed to throw it in the garbage but the way he communicated with us was improper," Quebalayan narrated.   The incident caused Quebalayan and her companion to miss their flight to Dubai.        She begged the airport officials to help her in rebooking a flight immediately because her companion needed to visit his sibling with cancer . They were able to get new tickets for P75,000 but the Jordanian later ended up in a hospital due to extreme distress.   Quebalayan also alleged that Anatalio Salaysay, another airport personnel, attempted to make her sign a waiver stating that they missed their flight because they were late without stating the circumstances that they missed the flight because of the apprehension made by the OTS personnel.  However, an airport policeman assisted Quebalayan to file a complaint. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said Padilla has been relieved of post and is now under investigation.  Monreal also find the OTS personnel strange and suspicious when he could just have confiscated and discarded the ube jam and let the passengers catch their flight.    ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

The reason behind not allowing the OFW to bring ube jam in glass jars in her hand carry has been confirmed by the MIAA Officials. They said that it has long been banned to be brought in the handcarry because the glass jar when be broken can be used as a blunt weapon that can threaten and harm anyone onboard. However, you can bring the said item if it is sealed in a plastic container.



©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NO MORE TERMINAL FEE FOR OFWS BY MARCH 2017






Good News to all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Starting March next year, you will no longer be queuing for a refund of terminal fees.

This news is confirmed by Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal.


The P550 terminal fee, also known as International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC), is included in the airline ticket upon purchased whether in airline ticket offices or bought online.

This was imposed by Aquino administration with the aim to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) pre-departure areas.

The line for the terminal fee refund at NAIA Terminal 3 -  CTO Hong Kong News

However, OFWs can claim a refund for this terminal fee upon departure at the airport terminals.

Monreal also gives his assurance to refund those who have not been able to get their money as longs as the OFWs possess the e-ticket, boarding pass and passport regardless of the date they were purchased or stamped.

“Anytime they [OFWs] can [ask for the]refund as long as they present the usual requirements,” he added.

(WATCH:MIAA implements integration of international terminal fee)



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OFWs opposed the imposition of the said terminal fees while Senate and Congress calling the past administration to abolish the collection of the fee.

According to sources, billion of pesos has been collected from the terminal fee in the airline ticket.

Half of this amount remains unclaimed by some OFWs, making it a part of the general fund of NAIA.

(WATCH:OFWs still lining up for airport terminal fee refund)




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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

"NO POCKET POLICY" TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN NAIA








Starting October 6, the "No Pocket Policy" will be implemented strictly to all baggage loaders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)




Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said it aims to eradicate baggage pilferage and to improve security.

Under the No Pocket Policy, baggage loaders are not allowed to wear uniforms that have pockets.

This is to prevent thefts that targets Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and travelers.



MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said the policy will be strictly implemented to all loaders as a precaution, to ensure that if items are taken from the luggage of passengers, employees cannot easily conceal these.

Ground handlers will be provided with new uniforms that have no pockets. Those who will still wear uniforms with pockets will be barred from entering baggage areas in all NAIA terminals.



PENALTIES:

First Offense: Baggage handlers caught for the first time wearing uniforms that have pockets will be given a warning.

Second Offense: Those caught for the second time will have their access pass canceled.

Third Offense: Termination for those who commit a violation for the third time.


(WATCH:6 NAIA baggage handlers suspected of stealing from passengers)


It was November 2008 when the No Pocket Policy was implemented to avoid baggage theft that was blamed on airport baggage handlers.

In a recent inspection, at least 20 employees of airline service providers were caught violating the policy; while some other ramp staff, for compliance purposes, were found to have manually stitched their uniform pockets.


(WATCH: Paano nangyayari ang nakawan sa mga bagahe sa NAIA?)


Other than no pocket policy, Monreal appealed to airlines companies to bar aircraft cleaners from wearing jewelry when boarding an aircraft.

“This will further promote the virtue of honesty as it will encourage aircraft cleaners to turn over valuable items, especially jewelry, that they may find in the aircraft while cleaning,” he said.





In Hong Kong, a former baggage handler at Chek Lap Kok International Airport was sentenced to four months in prison for stealing a laptop from the baggage of an Air Asia passenger.

The suspect is 40-year-old Filipino with initials R.T, after he pleaded guilty to one charge of theft for stealing a Lenovo laptop computer.

Hong Kong International Airport
The incident happened on November 14, 2014, between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. at the airport.

The defendant is a Hong Kong resident.

According to the investigators, the Filipino "ransacked" the luggage of the victim at took out the laptop but the undercover policeman conducting "anti-baggage theft" saw him.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

OFW From Hong Kong Lost P50,000 Worth Of Valuables In Her Tampered Luggage



An OFW from Hong Kong who arrived in NAIA on Tuesday, lost  valuables with estimated worth of Php 50,000.


Upon arrival, she was devastated to find her luggage torn and held together with tape, and the zippers tampered and broken.  She lost jewelries, shoes, and some gifts for her baby.

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According to airport personnel on duty, it is possible that the pilferage happened in Hong Kong. 

She was advised to report the incident to her airline and list the items that were lost.   PAL spokesman, Cielo Villaluna also said they are already investigating and looking at the CCTV footage of baggage handling facilities in the Philippines and Hong Kong.

MIAA spokesperson David de Castro said passenger baggage are responsibility of the airline carrier but they are willing to help with the investigation.  
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MIAA: 3 Taxi Drivers Apprehended Carrying Fake Dollar Rate Card At NAIA



Many taxi drivers outside the NAIA are using fake cards with logo of Department of Tourism and Philippine Airlines.
The cards have list of possible destinations and corresponding dollar rates, and slogan "Bayan Ko, Sagot Ko"

The lowest rate is $25 or Php 1,175. It is said that these taxi drivers are using the fake dollar card to dupe foreigners. 



Airport Transport Concessionaires Association Inc. also denied authorizing the drivers to use this fake cards.

Ariel Inton of LTFRB also said that their agency have not issued fare matrix in dollar. 


The MIAA Facebook  page has posted a press release saying that there will be surveillance and random inspection to be conducted by LTFRB. They also mentioned that there were already three (3) drivers apprehended for carrying fake dollar rate card. 

The press release reads as follows:

January 12, 2016
PRESS RELEASE

Random inspection by LTFRB to be implemented at NAIA
To augment the surveillance of transportation operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be conducting random inspections at the NAIA starting Wednesday.
This comes following various complaints brought to the attention of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) regarding overcharging of passengers particularly through fake dollar rate cards presented by airport taxis.
The presence of the LTFRB will augment surveillance efforts of airport security in going against illegal activities related to transportation.
This was discussed in a meeting held today by the MIAA and the LTFRB wherein transport concessionaires were confronted to implement their own policing measures to deter their own drivers from committing prohibited acts against passengers.
Overcharging of fares and presenting fake rates are considered as grave offenses under the MIAA’s circular on traffic management.
The MIAA has not approved any dollar rate card for its accredited taxis. All fares are charged in Philippine Peso.
Airport taxi drivers at fault are penalized P2000 to P5000 aside from the confiscation and cancellation of their access passes.
Operations of a concessionaire are suspended after accumulating 20 grave violations in a year. A concessionaire’s contract is terminated after 10 more grave violations in the succeeding year.
Yesterday, three drivers were apprehended for carrying dollar rate cards in their units while, in 2015, a total of 35 cases of overcharging were recorded and resolved.
MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado says that he will strive to put an end to illegal activities at the airport hounding passengers.
“The MIAA will not allow the airport to be a breeding ground of illegal activities. I will see to it that offenders are removed from the airport. More than anything, the welfare of passengers should always be the priority,” Honrado says.
Meanwhile, it was also agreed upon during today’s meeting with transport concessionaires that there will only be one assigned dispatcher for all transport companies at the terminal curbside.
Transport personnel were also advised to stay within the premises of their assigned desk.
Currently, each concessionaire at the terminals has their own dispatcher offering different rates and services as they approach passengers.
Limiting the personnel at the curbside will do away with the confusion among passengers as to transportation services available at the airport.
For instance, fares for car rental services are dependent on the agreement with the service provider. There are no fixed rates for car rentals which are typically higher than coupon taxis and yellow, metered taxis.
Passengers are advised to approach the desk of their preferred mode of transportation and not to accommodate random solicitors.


January 12, 2016 PRESS RELEASE Random inspection by LTFRB to be implemented at NAIA To augment the surveillance of...
Posted by Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA on Tuesday, January 12, 2016





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Monday, September 28, 2015

Ten Reasons We Are Oppose to the P550 Terminal Fee






1.   Against Republic Act 10022



The  R.A. 10022 as amended read as follows: SEC. 35.  Exemption from Travel Tax, Documentary Stamp and Airport Fee. - All laws to the contrary notwithstanding, the migrant workers shall be exempt from the payment of travel tax and airport-fee upon proper showing of proof entitlement by the POEA.


Sabi ni Raymund L. ng Jeddah Saudi Arabia: “Basic logic lang eh example nagnakaw siya tapos nahuli kaya ibinalik niya, does it acquit him of his crime? Same thing sa batas na di dapat maningil o pagbayarin ng terminal fee ang mga OFWs tapos ngayon sisingilin at isasauli.. Eh kung ganyang logic nila parang sinabi mo na pwedeng magnakaw ng bilyon-bilyon  sa gobyerno at pag nahuli ka isasauli mo at wala ng kaso kasi isinauli mo naman.”

2.   Not all Employer will Pay OFWs Air Ticket
a)    Not all. In countries like United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Singapore and many others, as commenters expressed that they are the one paying for their air tickets. The sponsors only cover the payment once you are on exit or your contract ends.
b)    Family Case, where the family stays abroad with the OFW. The OFW shoulder the cost not related to planeticket and sometimes even more depending on what the OFW and the employer agreed to.
c)    Some employers give the money to employee and employee will purchase the ticket, now with terminal, they haveto pay extra for the P550
d)    During Emergency Leave or Vacation, employees usually pay for their air tickets.



Sabi ni Clarita, a caregiver based in Israel: “Hindi po employer ang bumibili ng ticket naming,sa halos 9 years ko na dito sa Israel, kada bakasyon ko, ako ang bumibili ngticket. Sasagutin lang ng employer ko ang airplane ticket cost kung finishcontract na ako.”


Sabi ni Mel from Dammam, Saudi Arabia:”Fix na rate ang binibigay sa amin ngemployer, kung pick season, mas lalong mag-aabono na kami ng pambayad niyan saair tickets kasi may terminal fee pa.”

3.   Money (P550) TerminalFee is already a one day hard earned salary to many OFWs.
Sabi ni Josie ng Doha Qatar: “Samin po na mga kasambahay, isang araw nanaming pinagpaguran yang P550 na yan, halos 18-20 hours na kaming pagod niyanpara lamang ibayad sa terminal fee tapos hindi mo na ipaparefund”
4.   Forms? So many forms.
Sabi ni Saysonic, an OFW based in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia: “The forms and many requirements is not in line with PNoy's tuwid na daan wherein he wants all government services to shorten the processes so they can serve more people...however, yung forms na ipapafill-up sa atin in refunding the Terminal Fee is a waste of time plus the fact na nagdagdag ka pang papaswelduhang empleyado sa counter ng refunds.”
5.   Long Lines? Which line has a longer Queue, Terminal Fee or OEC verification?
If you want to eliminate longer lines by including the terminal fee in air tickets and then ask OFWs to refund, you should observe at the NAIA counter. Mas mahaba ang linya, ang verification sa OEC, prior to immigration counter kaysa sa linya ng nagbabayad ng Terminal Fee. Now,imagine those OFWs lining up for refund? The long lines at the OEC verification is quick, because it requires only stamping, what more yung may mga papers and documents to fill and present and to be checked?
Sabi ni Beverly from Dubai, UAE: Can they please confirm their figures na 25% lng ang OFWs na gumagamit ng airport. The highest concentration is here in the Middle East na at least every one or two years umuuwi? Halos lahat OFW. Compared sa mga hindi OFW na US or Canada based na kung ilang taon bago umuuwi. I really think if they have a truthful numberkung ilan ang OFW airport users (international flights ratio lang) that alone will show na hindi efficient solution yun to trim down the cues.

6.   Refund? Why pay? Why not make a SOLUTION at the point of purchase?
MIAA will pay the airline carriers P150M annually for collecting the terminal fee. Why not at the point of purchase na kung saan bibili ka pa lang ng ticket ay malalaman na nasa abroad ka at OFW ka? There are many measures na pwedeng magagawan ng paraan. IP address when purchase online. Country location when purchasing the air tickets abroad. Proof of being an OFW, can be passport, company ID, old OEC, or simply ask if OFW or not.


7.   Computation: Refund and No Refund
If there are 4,000 OFWs leaving the countrydaily: 4,000 x 550 = P2,200.000 How many counters do they have to set-up afterimmigration booth? 2, 4, 6, 10 counters? How many counters ang naka set up saOEC verification, 2 counters. 2 counters sa nagbabayad ng terminal fee and theysaid na makakasave sila ng P50M because of this. How much expenses will theyincur sa REFUND counters?
If there are 1,000 OFWs that will notrefund daily, assuming yan na lang kaliit ang ayaw mahassle, 1,000 x P550 =P550,000. Half Million Pesos daily, in 30 days, P16.5M!!!

8.   Airport Scenario OnDeparture: Maiiwan ng Eroplano o Nagmamadali, Madaming Bata.

Dalawa among 3 requirements sa pagrefund sa Departure Area.(section VII item29.i.1and 3).. COPY OF PASSENGER TICKET... at yung PRESENTATION OF BOARDING PASS... magkaibang words ang ginamit.. yung una COPY at yung pangalawa PRESENTATION. Mangangailangang ixerox pa sa loob ng departure area ang Passenger Ticket ang sabi - COPY. We all know na pag nasa loob na ng Departure area di ka na pwede lumabas pagkalampas ng Immigration Counter.. or even if eh lalabas ka pa ba para magpaxerox lang.. kung meron man sa loob

Sabi ni Kathy G. based in Kuwait: “Sa aking experience wala pang PILA ng Terminal Fee refund madami ng naiiwanan ng eroplano. Madaming pila ang dadaanan mo bago ka makapunta ng Boarding Area. Kung after Immigration ang refund, at konti nlng ang oras mo bago ang Depature time hindi mo na gugustuhin na magrefund lalo na kung may kasama kang mga bata na pipila.

9.   If the OFW will not Refund, Where will it go?
How will the government accountfor the unclaimed refunds? Where will it go?
Sabi ni Fidel C. an OFW based in Riyadh Saudi Arabia: “The many 'irregularities' that trapped so many people in the government to become corrupt, it is not hard to understand that funds collected and may not all be refunded accordingly will find its way to fund other corrupt practices. The circular that integrates the terminal fees into the purchase of tickets and then to be refunded is JUST one way to make money for a hidden agenda, like funds for the upcoming elections, extra expenses to win peoples' votes etc. since The 1987 constitution has been changed, it also opened vast opportunities for making laws that have loopholes in their processes. More people came to politics and the budget bloomed sky high for their salaries and wages. All from people's taxes and yet those in power can simply manipulate these laws...and are they themselves the first to be corrupt....SO. Where else will these funds go??? Projects ?? You can't blame the whole world to think that this circular is intended for other reasons and the terminal fees and it's circular of integration is one covert conspiracy under the guise of a Legalized tool of corruption. Just look who is watching..he may be the brains of this all and if it fails, only those below will be blamed.”


10. No Consultation to OFWs.
OFWs are one of the sectors that will be greatly affected by this policy measure,but there was no dialogue or consultation that was conducted before this circular was signed. Nagmuro-muro sila, sila-sila lang hindi man lang tayo sinabihan pero tayo ang magbabayad! Ganyan ba ang demokrasya? Ganyan pa sa Aquino government? Palagay namin hindi. So why allow this to be implemented?





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