After getting your clearance from POEA, you have to get it cleared (again!) once you reach the airport and line up in the OFW Exemption line (which is longer than if you’re paying the Terminal Fee). All the hassle, plus the POEA charges a huge sum mind you (around 6000 grand good for 2 years!). All the hassle and what do you get in return? Long lines and crappy (not to mention bitchy) service. The airport clearance lady was a hormonal biatch but in fairness model employees exists such as the man who processed our papers in POEA. He had the right disposition, respectful and efficient. When you think about it, the combined contribution of all OFWs is significant enough to make or break our GNP and this is how we get treated?
My complaints may seem shallow but it should not be dismissed easily. Going back to the Philippines, all we want is to experience how it is to truly feel home sweet home. We do not need special treatment, but at least a more efficient and respectful service fit for our so-called “Bagong Bayani.”