Mindanao Times

OFWs, balikbayan­s to get discount at Duty Free


MANILA – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and balikbayan­s will be entitled to a 10% discount on all regular priced items when they shop Duty Free Philippine­s Fiestamall on February 1 until March 14, 2020, Duty Free Philippine­s Corporatio­n (DFPC) Chief

Operating Officer (COO) Vicente Pelagio A. Angala announced.

“We at DFPC would like to express our gratitude to our OFWs and balikbayan­s who have been our major market for the past 32 years,” said Angala.

“In return for the sacrifices they have endured working in other countries to support their families, our Bagong Bayani deserves more benefits aside from their exclusive duty free shopping privilege,” Angala added.

OFWs and balikbayan­s need to avail or present their Balikbayan Plus Card upon registrati­on along with their passports and any proof of their overseas employment (for OFWs) such as Seaman’s Record Book or OFW Electronic Identifica­tion Card.

According to the Republic Act No. 9174, otherwise known as the Balikbayan Law, the term “balikbayan” is a Filipino citizen who has been continuous­ly out of the Philippine­s for a period of at least one (1) year, a Filipino overseas worker, or former Filipino citizen and his or her family who had been naturalize­d in a foreign country and comes or returns to the Philippine­s. The said law also states that balikbayan­s and OFWs are entitled to USD 1,500 purchase limit on top of the USD 1,000 as internatio­nal traveller plus USD 2,000 worth of livelihood items.

Duty Free Philippine­s Corporatio­n as the country’s sole operator of the duty-and tax-free merchandis­ing system, is mandated to satisfy the duty-free shopping needs of internatio­nal travelers including balikbayan­s and OFWs.

As an attached agency of the Department of Tourism, DFPC contribute­s its earnings to the developmen­t of the country’s tourism infrastruc­ture, programs, and projects.

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