When was the last time you mailed something that passed through the Philippine mail service – you know, the post office, the Philippine Postal Corporation? Well, I did, via US registered mail pa talaga – 3 weeks ago. Sent it March 16 to be exact. It is April 2 now. I am tracking the reference number – and it just shows it left New York sometime on the 19th – and then naglaho na parang bula. It has been 3 weeks and counting, wala pa rin. I have a bad feeling about this. I feel so frustrated and uber super duper mega hyper ultra… PISSED (not ballistic yet, though… lol).
I was hoping I could save some money since it cost only $16 to send it from US to Davao City. Guess what, di pa rin ako natuto – I was thinking that by going through the US postal service, which then goes to Philippine Postal Corporation, I was helping the Philippine economy. After all, the US Postal Service will remit the funds for the Philippine leg of my parcel to Philpost. Kahit maliit lang, kahit paano, makakatulong sa bayan. Pera pa rin yun kahit paano.
But it’s not even about the money anymore. It means I have to call the card company and have a new card reissued. Which I have to mail to the Philippines again – this time with Fedex/DHL/UPS… for good. Anyone, as long as they promise it will not go through the muddaeffin Philippine Postal Corporation.
Here’s a profile of Philpost from wikipedia:
The Philippine Postal Corporation, (Filipino: Korporasyong Koreo ng Pilipinas), abbreviated as PhilPost, is a government-owned and controlled corporation responsible for providing postal services, as the postal administration in the Philippines. It has a total estimate of 13,800 employees and runs more than 2,000 post offices nationwide. Philpost is based in the Philippines’s primary post office, the imposing Manila Central Post Office, which overlooks the Pasig River. It is presently under the authority of the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) as an attached agency. Its policy-making body is the Board of Directors composed of seven members that include the Postmaster General who, at the same time, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation.
The Philippine Postal Savings Bank, one of three government-owned banks in the Philippines, was organized under Philpost, however, it is a separate company today. (BV – Thank goodness, hiniwalay, kungdi, nakupo, ewan ko na lang. TALAMAK!)
1767 – The first post office was established in Manila;
1779 – The country became a postal district of Spain;
1838 – The Philippines became a leading center of postal service in Asia;
1898 – Established as a Postal Service;
1922 – The Philippines joined the Universal Postal Union [UPU);
1926 – The Manila Central Post Office was built in its present neo-classic architecture;
1946 – The Manila Central Post Office was re-built after world war II;
1992 – It became a government owned and controlled corporation under its present name the Philippine Postal Corporation by Virtue of R.A.7354 or the Postal Service Act of 1992;
2004 – It was placed under the Commission on Information and Communication Technology per Executive Order 269 dated January 12, 2004
One (1) Head Office
– Manila Central Post Office Building, Business Address: Liwasang Bonifacio, Lawton, 1000 Manila, Philippines.
Two (2) Office of Exchanges
– Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC), Business Address: Domestic Airport, Pasay City, Philippines
– Foreign Surface Mail Distribution Center (FSMDC), Business Address: Port Area, Manila, Philippines
Fourteen (14) Regional Offices.
Thirteen (13) Mail Distribution Center
Thirty Eight (38) Sub-Distribution Center
1,523 Regular Post Offices.
366 Extension Post Offices.
345 Private Postal Stations.
862 Mail Vehicle.
13,800 Regular Employees.
Siyempre, iniisip ko, para naman kumita ang bayan – dito na ako sa Philpost. Serious, naive, and misguided from hereon- as far as I am concerned – sinabi ko na rin to noon. Ewan ko, sobrang pagmamahal sa bayan – di pa rin natuto, kahit niloloko na – for love of country is blind, and silly patriots can’t see the petty follies that they themselves commit – naks, emo cringe. Para bang tomador na nangakong – di na ako uulit.
Prior to sending via USPS-Philpost, I sent a parcel via Fedex last year. It cost me $50 to ship a parcel from US to Davao City – medyo masakit sa bulsa, pero I knew siguradong makakarating sa Davao. I paid an extra $35 to send via Fedex, sayang na rin yun, pang-grocery na rin yun sa Pilipinas – . Kaso nadala ako dahil…punyeta talaga, pinaghirapan ko yung perang yun, nahulog lang sa wala. Oh dawg, don’t get me started.
Four years ago, nakapag-ipon ako ng items ipapadala sa pamilya – radio controlled toy sports car, children’s books, crayons, at postcard. It fit in a small parcel box, I packed it, even sealed it with a kiss. I shipped it via US Postal Service. Same justification – by going through the US postal service, which then goes to Philippine Postal Corporation, I was helping the Philippine economy. After all, the US Postal Service will remit the funds for the Philippine leg of my parcel to Philpost. Kahit maliit lang, kahit paano, makakatulong sa bayan. Pera pa rin yun kahit paano.
I was thinking about the recipients reaction – that they will be so happy – I wish. I tracked the shipment. Guess what, the last time I saw it – it just shows it left the Miami Overseas Center – and **poof** was never heard from – ever since. It’s like sending something to a black hole or a twilight zone. Somehow, the Philippines is a twilight zone – but this disappearing parcels from overseas – not just once – just takes the cake. If it happened to me, it could have happened to any one else. Feeling ko tuloy – lahat ng Pilipino sa Pilipinas ay mga magnanakaw. I know it is wrong to feel that way – but I am just so pissed – and I didn’t mean that – I know there are still honest Pinoys out there – albeit, very very few – a dying breed practically.
See, this really bugs me. Why is it na tinutulongan mo na nga, nanakawan ka pa? Para bang hindi kapwa Pilipino ang kausap mo, kung hindi mga ahas!!! We talk about corruption in our leaders – and yet we don’t fez up to the corruption in our own ranks.
Today, I feel so foolish. I thought kahit paano naman siguro wala nang magnanakaw sa Philpost two years after they started the probe on pilferages.
PhilPost starts probe into missing valuables from Australia
MARK MERUEÑAS, GMANews.TV
07/11/2008 | 07:42 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) on Friday said it has started an investigation into the loss of several valuables, including a digital camera, shipped by an Australia-based Filipino to his family in the Philippines last June.
PhilPost officials were prompted to conduct the probe after Edsel Pono, a computer solutions specialist in Australia, wrote to the Central Visayas Regional Post Office, to complain that the package he sent to Moalboal in Cebu was tampered and its contents stolen.
Clifford Dasig, head of the Inspection Service at PhilPost, told GMANews.TV that the investigation could result in the possible granting of indemnity to Pono or compensation for the lost items.
Pono’s parcel, which was meant as a birthday surprise for his daughter, contained a digital camera – complete with a memory card, a memory stick, and a number of compact discs – and a set of photographs.
The box arrived at the PhilPost branch in Mandaue on June 23, and was later dropped at Pono’s residence in Moalboal two days later.
Pono’s family, however, was surprised to find that the clear adhesive on the box had been slashed and the brown envelope containing the valuable items was gone. All that was left in the box, which weighed almost 700 grams before it was shipped, were the photographs.
“I am greatly disappointed and very disgusted of the incident. This ‘crime’ creates emotional strain to my daughter… She was crying for almost a day,” the 28-year-old father wrote in his letter to the PhilPost.
Robert Mondonedo, director of the PhilPost regional office in the Central Visayas, ordered the district manager in Moalboal to investigate and come up with a recommendation on the incident by next week.
Dasig, however, said PhilPost cannot pay Pono the full amount of the missing items even if pilferage would be proven. He said PhilPost will abide by the standards set by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), an international governing body of postal services, of which PhilPost is a member.
Under UPU conventions, addressees are entitled to a maximum of 30 Special Drawing Rights (SDR) or about P2,500 under current exchange rates if an item sent through a letter was proven to have been damaged or have gone missing due to negligence on the part of the PhilPost.
As for damaged or stolen items sent through a parcel, the sender could get as much as 130 SDR or a little more than P10,000, said Lucille Camid of the PhilPost’s International Affairs Department.
“We need to establish that the item is indemnifiable. We need to know who is at fault. Was the sender contributory to the damage or loss of item,” Camid said.
If there was negligence on the part of the sender, he or she would not be able to avail indemnity privileges, she added. Negligence means improper packaging of the items or misdeclaring a parcel’s contents, Camid said.
Camid said 90 percent of all the complainants who were found eligible for indemnity in 2007 were already paid. She, however, said the PhilPost would not be able to pay for the extra amount in excess of the SDR.
Pono’s digital camera alone could cost about P12,000, way above the P10,000 SDR.
“Hindi namin kayang sagutin ang mga nawawala at hindi namin kayang utusan ang mga employees namin na isauli ang nawawala (We cannot pay for the lost item and we cannot order an employee to return the item),” Dasig said.
He said the PhilPost is only after catching erring employees and meting sanctions, including dismissal from service.
“Kapag kami nakahuli, sa issue lang ng pagbubukas ang ipo-prosecute namin pero di na namin sakop na palitan iyong nawala (If we catch someone, we will only push for his prosecution, but we cannot replace the missing item),” Dasig said.
He urged victims of pilferage to file criminal and administrative complaints against erring PhilPost employees. If the court rules in favor of the victims, they stand a chance of being paid damages apart from the indemnity.
Camid, meanwhile, reminded the public to take an insurance for items they would send by mail.
Postmaster General Hector Villanueva said he has already ordered a serious crackdown on mail thieves to earn back the confidence of customers. He added that the recent cases of pilferage by “undeserving employees” are isolated.
“We are trying to restore the old reputation of the post office – one of honesty, prompt service, and smiling postmen. That’s our mission,” Villanueva said.
In early July, police arrested two PhilPost employees in Manila who were caught trying to open envelopes and taking out currencies inserted in the letters. The postmen, who left Manila on board a delivery van, stopped along a highway in Pangasinan to open the letters when police saw them.
Authorities filed charges of qualified theft and “opening of closed documents” against the postmen who were identified as John Castillo and Paquito Manlangit. The PhilPost suspended the two for three months.
Separate charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will also be lodged against Castillo and Manlangit after police recovered methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) from them.
Dasig called on the public to cooperate and to avoid inserting money in letters or packages, an act strictly prohibited by the PhilPost. – GMANews.TV
Crackdown my ass!!! Investigation my ass!
I am thinking that I am going to help my kabayan, particularly yung mga taga Philpost. I don’t know any more – why bother? These are the type of people who give Filipinos a bad name. How can these people in PhilPost even sleep? Yan ba ang pinapakain nila sa mga anak at pamilya nila – mga pinagnakawan nila? Sana mabulunan sila at ng mabawasan ang mga pasaway sa mundong ito!!! Pinaghirapan rin namin ang kinita namin a. Di naman namin to pinupulot sa kalye, nagababanat rin kami ng buto!
Ewan ko ba itong mga empleyado ng Philpost – HOY MGA PILIPINO KAYO, PILIPINO RIN KAMI – BA’T KAYO NAGNANAKAW SA KAPWA PILIPINO. HIRAP NA NGANG MAGHANAP NG PERA, NINANAKAW NYO PA, MGA BAWAKANG ### NYO!!!!
What the f*ck is going in Philpost? How about kayo, sa Philippine Postal Corporation pa rin ba kayo nagpapadala ng mail nyo?
Etong masasabi ko, save yourself the trouble, bahala ng mas mahal ang Fedex o UPS at least siguradong nakakarating.
Ewan ko ba tong Pilipinas – sangkatutak ng magnanakaw – ma-leader o ma-empleyado, magnanakaw. Nakaka-asar, buwiset.
This company should be outsourced and run by foreigners or a joint venture with foreigners – if Filipinos can’t run it themselves.
PHILPOST CORPORATION (and this applies to any Philippine GOCC as well) – Give us the service we are paying for, If you can’t do it, get da frak out of the way, and let someone who can, do it.
Sell Philpost to FEDEX – Gardemmit.