Filipino expats urge Manila to end hurdles at airport

TRAVEL HASSLES: A long queue of OFWs on Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to refund P550 terminal fee (Photo by Abdul Hannan Tago)
Updated 12 June 2016

Filipino expats urge Manila to end hurdles at airport

RIYADH: Filipino expatriates have urged the country’s president-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte to abolish procedural hurdles at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Duterte had said during his Presidential election campaign that welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs would be among his top priorities.
His pro-OFW stand played a key role in mobilizing their support in the May election.
According to OFWs, said the previous administration aggravated the situation when it imposed terminal fee (P550 around $12) on Filipinos, including OFWs both first timer and those returning to their work site abroad. Already they have to go through the tedious procedures when traveling abroad for work.
“One has to wait at various queues for verification of his documents, including visa, Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), birth certificates of accompanying children and marriage contract, if the OFW traveling with his family members to avail discounted travel tax,” and OFW said.
Compounding their problem is the terminal fee, which should be paid when purchasing the ticket, said another OFWs. “The new system, which came into effect in 2015, requires that OFWs with OEC to refund such extra amount at the airport after the immigration check. It creates a long queue every day and even confuses other nationalities whether they have to do the same or not.”
The Congressman-elect, John Bertiz of ACTS OFW, described the issue as unconstitutional and said he would look into the problem.
“I saw long queues and difficulties. I am moving a house resolution for investigating this problem as well as the unconstitutional implementation of charging terminal fee,” Bertiz told Arab News in a text message.
“That should be one among first priorities of the new administration to handle and need to rectify that system,” said Soler Garlan, the overall chairman of the United Bangsaranao Council.


Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

The pavilion features a series of documentaries on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2020

Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

  • Saudi Arabia’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the national heritage sector at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), is taking part in the 6th Joint Periodic Exhibition on the Archaeology of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Arab States in Kuwait.
The exhibition, held under the supervision of the secretary-general of the GCC, in partnership with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, opened last Wednesday at the National Museum of Kuwait and will run until Feb. 15.
The Kingdom’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods.
The pavilion also features a series of documentaries on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, a number of publications by the antiquities and museums sector on different areas of cultural heritage, as well as a collection of photographs and historical information on Saudi Arabia’s cultural depth.