Philpost - - Determined to Claim Heritage Amidst Modernization by: Marie Alsie Penaranda

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Philpost - - Determined to Claim Heritage amidst Modernization By: Marie Alsie Penaranda

The Philippine Postal System (Philpost), the oldest postal services in Asia recently celebrated its 227th Anniversary. With its heritage dating back to the 1700’s, Philpost is proud and determined to rise above the ashes of extinction. “We are trying to modernize the mailing system in the Philippines. We have started lining up projects and created partnerships with various private organizations and other government agencies as well”, Chairman of the Board Fred Gabot said in an interview. He also mentioned about e-bill, e-cards, online shopping, e-signatures and e-postage services are some of the big projects Philpost is set to pursue in the next seven years.

The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), an agency of the government created primarily to promote, develop and regulate integrated ICT systems recognizes the challenges Philpost is currently facing with the advent of modern communications and technology. CICT Chairman Ivan John Enrile Uy cited a number of projects for Philpost that will boost not only its revenues but also claim its place in the electronic world. He proposed to develop and convert into modern post offices the almost three-hectare Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in the Airport Zone, the 1.4-hectare Quezon City Post Office in the Government Center and the Baguio Post Office. The said properties will also serve as e-community education and business centers.

“A new top level domain name, .post, recently assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in sponsorship with the Universal Postal Union (UPU), will enable the postal sector to establish a solid base in cyberspace for developing secure and trusted e-postal service” the Chairman also added.

During the time when stamps and envelops were the main tools for sending letters and other communication, statistics show that Philpost...
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