PHLPost resumes mail delivery for medical supplies, essential packages

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PHLPost reopens to deliver essential packages during the community quarantine. Photo from PHLPost.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has resumed its mail delivery service during the community quarantine to allow medical supplies and essential packages to reach frontline facilities.

PHLPost was given an exemption by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to continue its domestic acceptance and delivery of postal items. Outgoing mails bound for overseas are still be suspended until further notice.

PHLPost said it will ensure its postal workers are safe during the performance of their frontline tasks.

“While PHLPost is committed to support the National Government in the delivery of essential services in this time of crisis, the safety and health of the frontliners and other employees who will render services during this period is a priority,” Postmaster General Joel Otarra said.

PHLPost announced it will provide services limited to the delivery of mails/checks, parcels containing medical supplies, and other essential services. Mails will be accepted based on the following guidelines and procedures:

1. Only selected Delivery Post Offices shall be opened to serve the public three times a week limited to four hours of operations. Office hours shall start at 10AM to 3PM, limited to four (4) hours, only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, to enable employees to clean and sanitize themselves, the equipment and mails before and after the operations.

2. For mails and parcels with contact numbers, (cellphone/telephone numbers, or e-mail address) and in order to adhere to the call for physical distancing and minimize exposure of employees, addressees may go to the post office to claim their mails, parcels, or items.

3. To ensure continuity of service, PHLPost shall limit its door-to-door delivery of service. Delivery of mails shall be based on priorities such as vital communications and parcels containing medicines, items containing goods/perishable items, items from SSS, GSIS and other public and private institutions containing pensions, checks/loans etc. EMS items and leftover mails (vital communications/checks) prior to the implementation of the community lockdown.

4. Subject to existing local community quarantine protocols, the post office may coordinate with Barangay officials for the delivery of mails. The Barangay officials will be the ones to undertake the delivery to their respective constituents-addresses.

Aside from PHLPost mail delivery, other government facilities have been deployed to service the needs of frontliners in the fight against COVID-19.

The Philippine-made Hybrid Electric Road Train, COMET e-Bus, and e-Trikes have been deployed to exclusively shuttle Frontliners and Health Service Providers going to and from their work.

The BRP Gabriela Silang of the Philippine Coast Guard has also been commissioned to ferry hospital workers and medical supplies while Ambulance Ships are ferrying patients in Quezon.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the PHLPost and its workers for continuing its mail delivery service for medical and other essential packages.

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