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Travel Tax, Terminal Fee, PDOS

#1 cardilene

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:26 PM

After so many years of waiting, our petition has been approved, and we already got our visas,
and had our flight book already. Sadly, and I know many will agree on how much our government
is taking advantage of every traveling Filipino, every traveling filipino is required to pay
the TRAVEL TAX, a TERMINAL FEE and have to attend a PDOS (Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or the Peer Counseling Seminar)...

I can accept that I have to pay the terminal fee (PhP550-750), for I know it is used for the maintenance of the airport
and its facilities. However, I am not sure where the TRAVEL TAX is going, which is around PhP1620 :blink: ...
While the PDOS is only PhP400, it left me wondering that the government can simply impose any kind of HASSLE
just to milk a few bucks out of its own citizen, it is quite sad to see that in this day and age,
traveling Filipinos are helpless in such system. It sucks,..! :angry:
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#2 dwarf

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:48 PM

After so many years of waiting, our petition has been approved, and we already got our visas,
and had our flight book already. Sadly, and I know many will agree on how much our government
is taking advantage of every traveling Filipino, every traveling filipino is required to pay
the TRAVEL TAX, a TERMINAL FEE and have to attend a PDOS (Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or the Peer Counseling Seminar)...

I can accept that I have to pay the terminal fee (PhP550-750), for I know it is used for the maintenance of the airport
and its facilities. However, I am not sure where the TRAVEL TAX is going, which is around PhP1620 :blink: ...
While the PDOS is only PhP400, it left me wondering that the government can simply impose any kind of HASSLE
just to milk a few bucks out of its own citizen, it is quite sad to see that in this day and age,
traveling Filipinos are helpless in such system. It sucks,..! :angry:



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It's a normal Filipino trait. That's why no matter what, PHilippines is hopeless. Many people want to leave the country. I've work abroad in 3 diff countries but everytime I go back to Manila, I dont feel secure..I feel much secure when I'm overseas. So many sick heads in Manila...I dont even recommend to my office colleagues not to go to Philippines for vacation. I tell straight to their faces, that even myself I dont find Philippines being so secure..
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#3 Wally G!

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:14 PM

After so many years of waiting, our petition has been approved, and we already got our visas,
and had our flight book already. Sadly, and I know many will agree on how much our government
is taking advantage of every traveling Filipino, every traveling filipino is required to pay
the TRAVEL TAX, a TERMINAL FEE and have to attend a PDOS (Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or the Peer Counseling Seminar)...

I can accept that I have to pay the terminal fee (PhP550-750), for I know it is used for the maintenance of the airport
and its facilities. However, I am not sure where the TRAVEL TAX is going, which is around PhP1620 :blink: ...
While the PDOS is only PhP400, it left me wondering that the government can simply impose any kind of HASSLE
just to milk a few bucks out of its own citizen, it is quite sad to see that in this day and age,
traveling Filipinos are helpless in such system. It sucks,..! :angry:


Check to see if all airport taxes and fees are included in the ticket price. My wife flew Delta and all airport taxes were included. They tried to say she need to pay the departure fee but when she show the detailed itinerary I emailed to her. It show the breakdown of airport taxes and fees. Although each tax item was abbreviated. The Philippines travel tax was included in the ticket price. She only need to pay the Departure Fee P750 at that time (2011). Now the Departure tax is P550 as of February 1, 2012.
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#4 reya

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:53 PM

For tickets purchased online, normally it doesn't include the travel tax,
unlike if you get it directly from a booking or airline office. Wally
Greene is right, the current terminal fee is P550 but it has been announced
that it will go back to P750 :angry:
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#5 Wally G!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:26 AM

For tickets purchased online, normally it doesn't include the travel tax,
unlike if you get it directly from a booking or airline office. Wally
Greene is right, the current terminal fee is P550 but it has been announced
that it will go back to P750 :angry:


On the itinerary for Delta taxes and fees:

Total Tax: 240.90 USD
PH: 37.10
OI?: 6.60
SW: 13.40
XA: 5.00
XY: 7.00
YC: 5.50
YQ: 150.00
US: 16.30


The PH tax is the travel tax included in the ticket price. I was the same way. What, why and how come. Then I checked with Delta. The agent stated all Taxes and Airport fees are include. Excluding the departure fee.

After lowering it, government set to hike airport fee

After lowering it to P550 on February 1, the government is considering bringing the airport terminal fee paid by outbound passengers at the countrys main gateway back up to P750 to finance badly needed improvements in airport facilities. Transport Secretary Manuel Mar Roxas II said a P200 hike in terminal fees for international passengers was necessary to improve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) terminals, which have been repeatedly cited in international polls as among the worst in the world.

Terminal fees will have to go back up to P750 per passenger. Thats being processed right now, Roxas told a press conference on Monday, but declined to give a specific schedule for the increase. The terminal fee per passenger at Naia was reduced to P550 on February 1 this year from P750. The fee was raised to P750 in 2007 to fund the acquisition of state-of-the-art security equipment at the airport terminals. That was a temporary increase and the Miaa (Manila International Airport Authority) only had the authority for that until last February, Roxas said. Roxas said the higher fee would help fund the rehabilitation of the three-decade-old Naia Terminal 1, as well as the additional work needed to Terminal 3 fully operational.

Misconception
Roxas explained that other airports around the world also charged terminal fees contrary to the misconception that only the Philippines was one of the few places in the world where this was the practice. The difference is that with other countries, terminal fees are included in their ticket prices thats why its seamless, he said. The reason plane ticket prices are exclusive of terminal fees here in the Philippines is because our airlines dont want it, Roxas said.

Refusal
He said airlines that operate in the Philippines had refused to collect terminal fees on the governments behalf due to the countrys complicated system of exemptions covering senior citizens and overseas Filipino workers, among other reasons. He said the Miaa was currently studying a system that would force airlines to collect fees and remit these to the government. Under the system being studied, exempted passengers would get a refund by mail. Roxas said projects that would be funded by the hike in fees are the ongoing rehabilitation of Terminal 1 and the work to fully operationalize Terminal 3, which is running at half capacity. Roxas said he was scheduled to fly to Japan later this week to complete negotiations with Takenaka Corp., Terminal 3s original contractor, for the delivery of unfinished work to the facility.

These deliverables include the facilitys master clock, escalators, fire alarms and flight information systems. Terminal 3 was expropriated by the government after its original concessionaire Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (Piatco) was declared a mere dummy company for its German partner Fraport AG by the Supreme Court, before Takenaka could finish its work. Roxas said the government was close to agreeing on a price for the unfinished work with Takenaka.

http://globalnation....ike-airport-fee
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#6 cardilene

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:24 AM

Its just absurd to know that we are being charged because we can TRAVEL,..??? :blink:
That we have to pay a TRAVEL TAX just to fly out of the Philippines..?

What's it for, I told you I have no qualms in paying any sort of taxes,
been a businessman all my life, but somehow, what is the purpose of this one,..?

Terminal fees are ok, it will be used to maintain the airport and its facilities
(though it remains to be seen,... :whistle: )
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#7 Philwithlove

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:11 AM

For tickets purchased online, normally it doesn't include the travel tax,
unlike if you get it directly from a booking or airline office. Wally
Greene is right, the current terminal fee is P550 but it has been announced
that it will go back to P750 :angry:


I booked online at Delta website and it included the travel tax.
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#8 Philwithlove

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:11 AM

For tickets purchased online, normally it doesn't include the travel tax,
unlike if you get it directly from a booking or airline office. Wally
Greene is right, the current terminal fee is P550 but it has been announced
that it will go back to P750 :angry:


I booked online at Delta website and it included the travel tax.
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#9 Philwithlove

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:11 AM

For tickets purchased online, normally it doesn't include the travel tax,
unlike if you get it directly from a booking or airline office. Wally
Greene is right, the current terminal fee is P550 but it has been announced
that it will go back to P750 :angry:


I booked online at Delta website and it included the travel tax.
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#10 Philwithlove

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:39 AM

I booked online at Delta website and it included the travel tax.


sorry guys for the replies. Having internet issues. please delete the rest. cant find how. thanks!
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#11 Wally G!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:49 AM

Its just absurd to know that we are being charged because we can TRAVEL,..??? :blink:
That we have to pay a TRAVEL TAX just to fly out of the Philippines..?

What's it for, I told you I have no qualms in paying any sort of taxes,
been a businessman all my life, but somehow, what is the purpose of this one,..?


The travel tax is imposed by the Philippine government on individuals who are leaving the country irrespective of the destination.

The taxes paid will be divided among the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Commission for Higher Education (CHED), and the General Fund of the National Government for government programs.

Terminal fees are ok, it will be used to maintain the airport and its facilities
(though it remains to be seen,... :whistle: )


Total agree but most of the terminal fee was used for upgrades for security, surveillance, scanning equipment etc.. :whistle:
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#12 Markieboy

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

After so many years of waiting, our petition has been approved, and we already got our visas,
and had our flight book already. Sadly, and I know many will agree on how much our government
is taking advantage of every traveling Filipino, every traveling filipino is required to pay
the TRAVEL TAX, a TERMINAL FEE and have to attend a PDOS (Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or the Peer Counseling Seminar)...


I understand your frustration. Believe me, I do.

Philippines has a tax for everything under the sun...including travel. I've been to other countries in Asia...and only the Philippines has this tax. And you know? I wouldn't mind it so much, if I see where this tax is going. If it does actually improve the various sectors of the government...I'm all for it. The only people benefiting from this tax are the politicians.

Having said that, it is one of those things that are easier to accept than to change. Corruption is part of Filipino culture. The sooner you realize it, the better.

BTW, congratulations on your approved petition! Best wishes! :thumbs:
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#13 actob99

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

Everyone wants a piece of the pie is the reasons. All of that money made on departure fee's and where has it gone? Surely not into the airport where it was originally suppose to go. How about that nice International Airport(Terminal 3) that pretty much sits stangnant because the Phils government doesn't want to pay the bill to the foreign companies that built it..

A little story... My friend and I were traveling back to work and leaving terminal 1. We had just gone thru security and had our shoes in hand and were looking for a place to sit and put our shoes on. There was a security guy who was taking up 3 seats, very large and spread out like on his couch. My friend(hothead at sometimes) told him to move so he could put his shoes on. The security guy said no and my friend started screaming so loud the custom agents were looking back. Telling him and everyone who was listening, "for all the airport fee's we pay coming thru this airport there isnt a flippin seat for us to put our shoes on because lazy asses like you won't get up and give your tourists a place to sit". A few more comments were made and that person didn't get up. We had to stand and put our shoes on. I thought he was going to be missing his flight!!!! Hard to argue with someone who is right.
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#14 cardilene

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:30 PM

Everyone wants a piece of the pie is the reasons. All of that money made on departure fee's and where has it gone? Surely not into the airport where it was originally suppose to go. How about that nice International Airport(Terminal 3) that pretty much sits stangnant because the Phils government doesn't want to pay the bill to the foreign companies that built it..

A little story... My friend and I were traveling back to work and leaving terminal 1. We had just gone thru security and had our shoes in hand and were looking for a place to sit and put our shoes on. There was a security guy who was taking up 3 seats, very large and spread out like on his couch. My friend(hothead at sometimes) told him to move so he could put his shoes on. The security guy said no and my friend started screaming so loud the custom agents were looking back. Telling him and everyone who was listening, "for all the airport fee's we pay coming thru this airport there isnt a flippin seat for us to put our shoes on because lazy asses like you won't get up and give your tourists a place to sit". A few more comments were made and that person didn't get up. We had to stand and put our shoes on. I thought he was going to be missing his flight!!!! Hard to argue with someone who is right.


Only in the Philippines,..
I lost hope already to our country's development,
corruption is EVERYWHERE, sadly everyone is affected.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

Just about ALL airport in the world have some form of travel tax & Terminal fee - it is not just the Philippines. The difference is the taxes are already incorporated into the price of the ticket while in the Philippines it isn't.

For the USA we have the following:

Transportation Tax (International Arrival/Departure) = $16.30
Federal Flight Segment Tax (ZP) = $3.70
Passenger Facility Charges (PCF) = up to $4.50
Federal ticket excise tax (7.5%) - charged on all domestic tickets.
Alaska/Hawaii Ticket Tax - for travel to these two states.
Passenger Civil Aviation Security Service Fee (September 11th Security Fee).

There is a separate/additional fee that some airports charge a passenger like the Alaska/Hawaii International Travel Facilities Tax ($8.20) or the Rural Airport Tax (charged if the segment tax isn't).

We may not see those charges but they are there and are included in the price of the ticket.

Even some airports in the world charges passengers for stopovers - leaving the airport & coming back later to continue their journey.
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