In a move to expand the market of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), the state now allows local government units (LGUs) to operate and maintain their own postal stations.
Under the arrangement, PHLPost will supervise the operation of the facilities, in partnership with the LGUs. PHLPost will also provide the marketing equipment and initial stocks as well as training of LGU personnel who will handle the Postal Station.
The local government will provide the facility and hire employees to set up Postal Stations in strategic areas such as communities, barangays or public markets.
The LGU Post Office Operator must be authorized by the Sangguniang Bayan through a resolution to enter an agreement with PHLPost in setting up a postal station.
Deliveries of postal products, services and merchandise shall be requested by the LGU Post Office Operator to the designated PHLPost postage stamp custodian or Postmaster where the postal station is situated.
Under the initiative, PHLPost is extending its market to as many settlements in the country, abiding by its universal service obligation of providing postal services to the public.
The state-owned firm employs over 8,000 people nationwide in 1, 400 post offices.
Aside from improving the market of PHLPost, this partnership with the LGUs will develop communities, bringing courier and financial services closer to people,
Still relevant in the communication industry, the 100-year old PHLPost is the duly designated national postal operator in the Philippines.
It has the manpower and the network capability to deliver mails, goods and payment services anywhere in the country and around the world.
The postal service is an active member of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the primary forum for cooperation among global postal sector players.