Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children Recognizes PHLPost as Partner in the Betterment of Individuals with Special Needs

In celebration of the National Deaf Awareness Week on November 10-16, 2014, SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children, represented by CHIS Coordinator Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D., LRGC, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to PHLPost in recognition of its unwavering support to the deaf children and adults in order for them to become useful and productive members of society on November 10, 2014. 

Ms. Georgette Vee, the beautiful and energetic Executive Assistant of PHLPost Area 6 Director Fabiolita P. Ferraris, received the award in behalf of Director Ferraris.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Chairman Cesar N. Sarino Makes A Side Trip to PHLPost-6 Administrative Center

“The Post Office has gone a long way.” This was PHLPost Chairman of the Board Cesar N. Sarino’s opening statement during his very short visit to PHLPost-6 Administrative Center on November 17, 2014. Chairman of the Board Cesar N. Sarino was in Iloilo City for a different purpose but took the time to meet with PHLPost Area 6 Director Fabiolita P. Ferraris and other PHLPost 6 officials.

The good chairman said that while it has not been an easy three years, he is happy to note that the “direction PHLPost is heading to has now become clearer”. However, “there is still much to be done”, the Chairman emphasized. For one thing, “the Post Office needs to look competitive”, the reason for the repairs, repainting and face-lifting of Post Offices nationwide. 

In Area 6, 30 facelifting and repair projects have been targeted by the end of 2014, and 28 of which have already been completed at the end of the third quarter this year. Chairman Sarino also stressed the importance of internet connectivity nationwide. 

In Area 6, 36 Post Offices now have internet connectivity; 17 Post Offices are now accepting electronic Postal Money Order transactions, 12 Post Offices have Bayad Center outlets, and 24 Post Offices/Post Office Counters can now process walk-in electronic business mails. 

Chairman Sarino ended his visit with a statement of gratitude. “Whatever we have done should be credited to you”, he said, referring to the postal officials and employees. “Thank you for all the things you’ve done for the corporation.” While the visit took less than an hour only, it was nevertheless a moving experience for all who had the opportunity to listen to the man who helped transform the Post Office. 

Thank you, too, Chairman Sarino!

Monday, November 10, 2014

AD Ferraris Meets with LGU Heads For Possible Business Deals

November 4, 2014. PHLPost 6 Area Director Fabiolita P. Ferraris made personal visits to the local government units of Mina, Dingle, Passi, and San Enrique, to further discuss with the Local Chief Executives the benefits of establishing a Postal Station in the municipality. 

“In LGUs which do not have a regular post office, and where delivery services are limited, the LGU-operated postal station can easily meet the mailing needs of the people, while allowing the LGU to generate additional revenues at the same time”, Director Ferraris emphasized. 

San Enrique Mayor Ramona Go pledged to start the operation of the Postal Station early next year, while Mina Mayor Rey Grabato requested for more time as he would still need to refer the proposal to the Sangguniang Bayan. 

Director Ferraris also paid a visit to Dingle Mayor Rufino Palabrica to request for a municipal-paid employee to be detailed at Dingle Post Office, currently manned by a lone Letter Carrier who is also acting as the Officer-in-Charge. 

At the end of the day, Director Ferraris was hopeful that LGU heads would see her business proposal also as a means of furthering partnership with Local Government Units especially in linking people anywhere in the world.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PHLPost 6 Area Director Fabiolita P. Ferraris Talks About The New Post Office and the Importance of Letter Writing in the Midst of Technological Advances in LGU-Miagao

November 3, 2014. “Do we not need letters to be sent anymore? Has the new age forgotten about personal touch and feel? Do we really have to depend on technology now and ignore the fact that we still have hands not just for typing but also for writing which makes it more real? Do you still greet your friends, family members or colleagues with cards on special occasions and send it via the post office?” These are just a few questions veteran Area Director Fabiolita P. Ferraris, CESO III, asked the officials and employees of LGU-Miagao during her speech in the flag raising ceremony of the local government unit on November 3, 2014 with the theme Postal Consciousness.

The invitation of the Chief Executive Officer of the town, Mayor Macario N. Napulan, M.D., was timely, as PHLPost has just celebrated World Post Day by sponsoring simultaneous letter writing activities throughout the country, and will be celebrating Postal Consciousness Week this second week of November. Director Ferraris took the invitation as an opportunity to talk about the importance of writing letters in the midst of technological advances, the importance the postal service brings to the community, as well as the many changes happening in the post office today.

Director Ferraris emphasized that while “emails have proven amazing to business, where bottleneck competitions and survival of the fittest become the name of the games”, such have brought a decline in effective communication where messages are written in short-cut forms, internet slangs, and chat abbreviations. And besides, the same cannot be said of personal correspondence as there is a different kind of excitement upon the receipt of a letter, handwritten on a beautiful stationery, the words emotionally expressed to outpour the mood of the writer.

The beautiful lady director further said that “Letters do not always bring good news, but it concerns you and it is all about you, and that’s what really matters”. And she posed this challenge to everyone: ”It's time now to start writing again! Let us teach and inspire our young generation to appreciate the value of writing not only for sentimental reason but for better communication.”

But, of course, this does not mean that technology will not have a place in PHLPost anymore. In fact, as Director Ferraris said, “many changes are happening in the postal service”, and many of these changes make use of communications technology. PHLPost has now expanded its products and services to include financial servicing and logistics. It now offers electronic money transfers, accepts payments of PHLHealth remittances and bills, and letters, too, can now be tracked and traced in the privacy of homes with the use of the internet. Soon the Postal ID will work like an ATM Machine Card and can be verified online. Director Ferraris encouraged everyone to go and visit the post office now for great things can start at the tip of the writing pen.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Post Offices in Area 6 Get A Facelift

In line with the rebranding of PHLPost, 30 facelifting and repair projects have been targeted this year.

 At the end of the third quarter, 28 projects have already been completed. 20 POs in Aklan, Guimaras, Antique, Iloilo, and Capiz are now sporting PHLPost’s signature logo and colors, while 4 POs in Iloilo and Roxas City have undergone repairs of ceiling and leaking roofs. Except for Laua-an, which was repainted through the efforts of Bugasong Postmaster Henry Sevigan (who convinced Mayor Francisco Baladjay, Jr. of LGU-Laua-an to fund the repainting of the post office), the facelifting of the other Post Offices is corporate-funded.

The Training Rooms in Bacolod City Post Office and Administrative Center were repainted and renovated in the middle of this year to serve as venue for the Area’s various training programs, meetings, and conferences. Since its renovation, the Administrative Center Training Room has already accommodated two training programs, the orientation on the IPS Tracking and Walk-in eBMS with APMG for Operations Robert Mondoñedo in August 2014, and the Trainors’ Training on eBMS, and several meetings with Postmasters and Clusterheads.

The POs new look is seen to improve corporate image and increase PO visibility, attracting more customers and generating more revenues in the process.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

PHLPost Area 6’s Best Bets to the Nationwide On-the-Spot Stamp Design Contest

Recognizing the importance of celebrating the visit of Pope Francis in the country, particularly in Yolanda-stricken areas, PHLPost has launched a Nationwide On-the-Spot Stamp Design Contest in two categories, the Student Category and the Professional Category. In Area 6, the contest was held on October 27 and 28, 2014, at Robinson’s Iloilo and Robinson’s Roxas (Capiz), respectively.

Equipped with imagination, 96 students and professional artists were given two hours to interpret the contest theme A Nation of Mercy and Compassion through beautiful artworks. Notable personalities PG Zoluaga (Local Artist and Executive Council Member of NCCA), Liby Limoso (Academic Coordinator for Fine Arts, University of San Agustin), Gerard Habana (Member, Alumni Community Theatre, UPV, and Former President, Theater Arts Guide, UPV), Rodolfo Libiano (Member, Arts Association of Capiz), Mervin Orola (HS Art Teacher), and Narciso Francisco (BS Industrial Ed Major in Architectural Drafting) were invited by PHLPost Area 6 Director Fabiolita P. Ferraris to judge the entries for their originality, relevance to the theme, visual impact, and artistic method/design.

Here are the judges’ best bets:

These winning entries shall be submitted to the Central Office to compete with the winning entries from other Areas, and from which the top two entries in each category shall be selected to be featured in the stamps that will be issued and launched in January 2015, in commemoration of the Papal visit. A special souvenir frame, which shall house the winning designs on stamps, shall be given to the Holy Father.

 All entries in Area 6 shall be featured in the forthcoming Philatelic Stamps Exhibit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PMG Josie Sorely Missed in PMs Conference

October 24, 2014. 96 Postmasters from the Provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, traveled by land or by boat, eagerly anticipating what would have been the PMs Conference with PHLPost Postmaster General and CEO Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz at Sarabia Manor Hotel, Iloilo City. Sadly, the lady Postmaster General met an accident the day before the conference, and was advised rest by her doctor.

The PM’s Conference proceeded nonetheless, with reports delivered by PHLPost’s big bosses, APMG for AdFIn Maura M. Baghari-Regis, APMG for Operations Robert S. Mondoñedo, APMG for Marketing and Management Support Services Luis D. Carlos, and HRMD Manager Ester V. Cabigao.

APMG Mondoñedo congratulated PHLPost Area 6, headed by Director Fabiolita P. Ferraris, CESO III, for sharing the top spot with Area 3 (Mega Manila) in terms of delivery performance, but strongly emphasized the four aspects of postal operations on which to focus the vision of the new PO, and these are counter services, processing, delivery, and return of information.

APMG Carlos delivered the good news that PHLPost is growing and expanding its business with Pinoy eMall, an e-Commerce website that makes it possible to buy and sell philatelic stamps and Pinoy products proudly made and produced in various municipalities all over the Philippines. 

PHLPost is also offering private individuals and barangays an opportunity to engage in the postal business through the establishment of a Postal Station, which requires an initial payment of only P 15,000.00-P 20,000.00 representing accreditation fee. Postal Stations shall help augment postal presence in the area, with the end in view of delivering more efficient and effective public service.

APMG Carlos promised more projects to boost revenue generation in the coming years, and appealed for the support and cooperation of the Postmasters, considering the huge financial target to be met by the Area in 2015. He also assured a stronger Marketing Team next year to back up the marketing efforts of the area.

HRMD Manager Esther Cabigao took the podium next, explaining, among others, the guidelines of the qualification to the Performance-Based Bonus, and the Huwarang Lingkod Koreo, which aims to give due recognition to the best-performing officials and employees of PHLPost .

At the end of a sumptuous lunch, the PM’s conference continued with APMG for Administration and Finance Regis’s report. APMG Regis cited PHLPost Area 6 as one of the Top 3 Areas in Overall Performance, combining Delivery Performance, Revenue Attainment, Net Income Realized, Minimizing Complaints, and Compliance with Directives. However, she appealed for more efforts in order to achieve or at the very least come close to achieving the revenue target.

After APMG Regis’ talk, a character building session ensued with Bishop Jonel Milan, founder and president of K4 Philippines Intercessors Movement, and who has been delivering inspirational talks to people in the Philippines and beyond. The two-hour session taught Postmasters to re-focus, to help them achieve success in the workplace as well as in their personal life.

Merrymaking @ Sarabia Hotel

Later that evening, guests and Postmasters were treated to a Hawaiian party, with garlands and leis giving the venue a festive feel. Postmasters prepared special numbers for the guests, featuring, in many cases, what the province they are representing is known for, like the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo and Masskara Festival in Bacolod City.

Contingents from Capiz danced to the upbeat music of Roxas City; PMs from Antique Province sang the Antique Provincial Theme Song, while PMs from Negros Oriental and Siquijor sang the hymn of Dumaguete City.

There were two dance numbers from the PMs in Iloilo Province, showing their flexibility and alertness. The last number came from the staff of the Administrative Center, whose musical performance featured the different product lines of PHLPost – letters and packages, logistics, and postal payment.

The program ended at 9:00 in the evening, and while the presence of our beloved Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz was sorely missed that day, the dancing and the merrymaking continued till the wee hours of the morning.