12/09/2012 RIYADH: The Philippine Postal Corporation, (Filipino: Korporasyong Koreo ng Pilipinas), is a government owned and controlled corporation responsible for providing postal services in the Philippines. The Philippine Postal Corporation has an estimated 13,800 employees and runs more than 2,000 post offices nationwide. PhilPost is based in the Philippines’s primary post office, the Manila Central Post Office, which overlooks the Pasig River. Previously PHLPOST was an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT).
Its policy-making body is the Board of Directors, composed of seven members including the Postmaster General who serves simultaneously as the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation.
PHLPOST Brief History
* 1767 – Established as postal office in Manila.
* 1779 – Created as a postal district of Spain.
in 1783 Governor General Basco organized a postal system throughout the archipelago . First postage stamp was issued on February 1, 1854.
* 1837 – Re-established as such on December 5.
* 1838 – Became a leading center of postal service.
* 1877 – Became a member of the Universal Postal Union.
* 1898 – Established as a postal service on the order of Philippine Revolution president, Emilio Aguinaldo.
* 1902 – Created as a bureau under the Department of Trade by virtue of Commission of the Philippines Act no. 426 on September 5.
* 1926 – Built in its present Neo-classic architecture.
* 1946 – Rebuilding after it was destroyed in World War II.
* 1987 – Named Postal Service Office under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) by virtue of Executive Order no. 125 on April 13.
* 1992 – Became the Philippine Postal Corporation (its present name) by virtue of Republic Act No. 7354 on April 2.
From year 1998, the internet technology has significantly reduced the demand for postal service but last year during PHLPOST 228th Year Anniversary, a new theme was launched under the Aquino administration “PHLPOST: Bagong Simula Bagong Sigla”, a “New Beginning New Vigor”. Just last year, President Aquino placed PHLPost directly under the authority of the Office of the President through Executive Order 47 and allocated P644 million to support its efforts to revive the corporation.
PhilPost with a new Chief Executive Officer in the person of former Bulacan Governor Josie Dela Cruz, armed with a vision to rebuild the Philippine Postal Corporation, her mission – aims to revive the whole postal system thru more efficient way of servicing the public and; with her innovative and creative ideas THUS – ePostMo is born not only locally but hopefully, to serve Overseas Filipinos around the globe.
This Friday, 14 of September 2012, PHLPOST officials to be led by the Postmaster General herself, Josie Dela Cruz will meet the Filipino Community in Riyadh to discuss and offer new services to OFWs designed in today’s technology trend. The lady Postmaster General in her speech during the launching of its 20th year as corporate entity of the Government said “Let us leave the past behind because we can no longer change it. Let us look to the promise of tomorrow, through the intelligent use of today.” She was referring to the Philippine Postal Corporation’s position in today’s high tech world. - BongA-
References: Wikipedia, Phlpost website