Philippine Postal Corporation

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Philippine Postal Corporation
Philpost Logo.jpg
Type State-owned (government monopoly)
Founded Manila, Philippines (1992)
Headquarters Manila, Philippines
Key people
Hector RR. Villanueva, Chairman
Dario C. Rama, Postmaster General
First Class mail, Domestic Mail, Logistics

The Philippine Postal Corporation, (Filipino: Korporasyong Pilipino sa Koreo), commonly known as PhilPost, is a government-owned corporation responsible for providing postal services in the Philippines. It was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 7354, otherwise known as the Postal Service Act of 1992. It was primarily established to undertake and implement an intensive modernization and development program geared towards the improvement of the country's postal system to serve the country's postal needs. Its policy-making body is the Board of Directors composed of seven (7) members that include the Postmaster General who, at the same time, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.

It is a profitably operating corporation, professionally managed and run by a corps of committed personnel providing the highest quality and widest range of postal products and services. It has a total of 18,000 employees, with more than 2,500 mail vans and motorcycles, and more than 2,000 Post Offices, Distribution Centers and Mailing Outlets located throughout the country. PhilPost is based in the Philippines' primary post office, the imposing Manila Central Post Office, which overlooks the Pasig River. It is presently under the authority of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) as an attached agency.

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.



The Philippine postal system has a history spanning over some 250 years. In 1767, the first post office was established in the city of Manila, which was later organized under a new postal district of Spain, encompassing Manila and the entire Philippine archipelago, in 1779. The postal district was reestablished on December 5, 1837. A year later, Manila became known as a leading center of postal services within Asia. Spain joined the Universal Postal Union in 1875, which was announced in the Philippines two years later.

During the Philippine Revolution, President Emilio Aguinaldo ordered the establishment of a postal service to provide postal services to Filipinos during that time. It was later organized as a bureau under today's Department of Trade and Industry, then known as the Department of Trade, on September 5, 1902, by virtue of Act No. 426, which was passed by the Philippine Commission. The Philippines eventually joined the Universal Postal Union, this time as a sovereign entity, on January 1, 1922.

While the Manila Central Post Office building, the center of Philippine postal services and the headquarters of the then-Bureau of Posts, was completed in its present-day Neo-Classical style in 1926, it was destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt in 1946, after the war.

With the overhaul of the Philippine bureaucracy in 1987, the Bureau of Posts was renamed the Postal Service Office, or PSO, by virtue of Executive Order No. 125, which was issued by then-President Corazon Aquino on April 13, 1987. It was also that order that placed the PSO under the DOTC. On April 2, 1992, by virtue of Republic Act No. 7354, otherwise known as the Postal Service Act of 1992, the PSO became the present-day PhilPost. The law also gave it the authority to reopen the Philippine Postal Savings Bank, which was reopened on July 21, 1994 by President Fidel V. Ramos.

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