In addition, said Pimentel, Section 73 of Republic Act 9593, also known as the Tourism Act of 2009, already provides other sources of funding for travel tax-funded programs if the travel tax is phased out after the implementation of international agreements. He felt that „the percentages of travel tax allocated to THE travel tax for ched, even though the law states that tourism-related education programs and courses should be given priority and should be given priority for the NCAA, are not necessary, as they are not travel related.“ In requesting the lifting of taxes, particularly for travellers to countries within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Pimentel said it was to be in effect since November 2002, „after the signing of the Intergovernmental Regional Agreement on Tourism, in which the Philippines is one of the signatories.“ However, the senator said that Filipinos who already pay a large portion of their wages to the national government through income tax „should not bear the additional burden“ if they release funds for infrastructure and tourism infrastructure. „They should not be made to pay for the fact that the national government is not in a position to provide state-of-the-art tourism equipment and infrastructure,“ he added. „It was first decreed in 1977 by the then President, Ferdinand E. Marcos, after the adoption of Presidential Decree 1183, to allocate appropriate funds to tourism-related programmes and projects to improve the country`s competitiveness as an important tourist destination,“ Pimentel said. The senator assured that the right of Filipinos to travel abroad should not be subject to a tax, recalling that the travel tax, which ranges from P300 to P2,700, was introduced to limit unnecessary travel abroad and obtain foreign currency during the war. These conditions are no longer in place. The Senate Act of 1841, introduced by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, is intended to compel Filipinos travelling abroad to pay tax before boarding, and this, 42 years old, after the imposition of martial law. The senator cited the Asean tourism agreement and noted that he had already abolished travel rights and taxes for nationals of Member States travelling within the region. „It`s been almost 14 years since the Philippines signed the Asean Tourism Agreement, but to date, travel taxes are levied for people travelling to other Asean member countries,“ he said.
Instead, Pimentel proposed that agencies that receive revenue from travel tax collection, such as the Tourism Infrastructure and Business Area Authority (Tieza), the Higher Education Commission (CHED) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), receive the necessary funds directly under the General Resources Act (GAA). After its passage, Pimentel said remedial legislation „will completely eliminate the introduction of travel taxes for those migrating to another country around the world.“ The Senate will consider abolishing the imposition of Marcos-era travel taxes as soon as Congress convenes the plenary session next month.