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OFWs appeal to Bureau of Customs new Balikbayan Box Tax Rule

 

 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the globe and their families in the country are appealing to the Bureau of Customs headed by Customs¬†Commissioner¬†Alberto Lina to stop implementing new Balikbayan Box Tax Rule where customs officials are allowed to open and inspect incoming balikbayan boxes for taxable goods. This new rule, according to the Customs Chief Lina will prevent the abuse on sending items¬†that ‘can well may be used for commercial purposes.’ “The contents of a balikbayan box must not exceed US$500.00 in value. Canned goods, grocery items and other household effects must not exceed a dozen a kind, while apparel, […]

Cebu Pacific brings home OFWs from Hong Kong with 30 free flights to the Philippines

 

 The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) gave away 30 free flights to the Philippines last September 30, 2012, as a major sponsor of the Kalilang Mindanao event held at Chater Road in Hong Kong. Over 3,000 estimated attendees, most of whom were overseas Filipino workers (OFW), got a chance to win round trip flights from Hong Kong to Iloilo. Hong Kong was the first international destination CEB launched in 2001. CEB now flies from Manila, Cebu and Clark to Hong Kong, and will begin thrice weekly Iloilo-Hong Kong services on November 8, and Hong Kong-Iloilo services on […]