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UAE: Filipino expats can now use Manila airport shuttle for just Dh5.

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Filipino expatriates, whether in the UAE or worldwide, can now avail themselves of a cost-effective alternative to the steep taxi fares from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) has partnered with UBE Express, a prominent bus service provider, to offer a substantial 50 percent discount on airport shuttle fares.

This collaboration, revealed by Owwa administrator Arnell Ignacio in discussions with local media, represents a significant relief for travelers facing high transportation costs. Ignacio highlighted the stark contrast between exorbitant taxi fares, which could reach Php3,500 (Dh228) for trips to Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), and the much lower shuttle fares of Php150 (Dh9.79) for regular passengers and only Php75 (Dh5) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

UBE Express, known for its reliable point-to-point bus service serving Naia commuters, operates routes covering major landmarks in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR), and south Luzon. While regular fares range from Php150 to Php300, OFWs, especially Owwa members, can enjoy a significant 50 percent discount on these rates.

Furthermore, UBE Express offers inter-terminal transfers within Naia at affordable rates, charging Php50 for regular passengers and only Php25 for OFWs, enhancing convenience for travelers navigating the airport.

For OFWs wishing to benefit from these discounted fares, booking is available through the UBE Express website, with walk-in passengers also accommodated. However, seat reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, irrespective of online or in-person ticket purchases.

To access the discounted rates, OFWs must provide necessary information during the booking process, including their full name. The website automatically verifies Owwa membership and applies the 50 percent discount accordingly. Payment methods include Gcash or cash transactions.

This initiative alleviates financial strain for Filipino expatriates and underscores the government's commitment to supporting OFWs. By providing affordable transportation options, the partnership between Owwa and UBE Express aims to enhance the travel experience and foster stronger connectivity within the global Filipino community.

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