Liwasang Bonifacio, City of Manila
May 19, 2022

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attended the launching of the Digital Innovation and Modernization of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) at Liwasang Bonifacio in the City of Manila.

Upon arrival, the President passed through the 46 brand-new vans acquired by PHLPost and listened to a briefing on the PHLPost’s digital innovations and modernization efforts that include the following: (1) Mobile App; (2) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) covering the digitalization of the entire organization to include the new website, Mail Management System (MMS) — with an automated letter sorting machine that can process 40,000 mails per hour — Corporate Financial Management Information System (CFMIS), Financial Counter System (FCS), Human Resource Information System; and (3) cutting edge Postal Card with advanced financial features.

The President also experienced the entire process of enrollment and witnessed the printing of his actual Postal Card which he subsequently received. The card now uses the latest technology in its security and data capturing with advanced iris scanners and 4-4-2 finger biometrics capturing. It is compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Standard used by border security control in first world countries.  Aside from the state-of-the-art technology of the card itself, the Postal Card Issuance Machine is the first in the Philippines which will be soon be available for use in key areas around the country.

Aside from the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) chip, the new Postal Card also features a contactless antenna which may be utilized as transport payment in the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), Philippine National Railways (PNR) and in the Metro Manila Subway in the future if it will be allowed in their API (Application Programming Interface) for best convenience of the public.

“The modernization efforts of the Postal Agency are indeed timely and relevant as it facilitates the efficient delivery of communications, payment of services, as well as goods and merchandise — especially now that industries and businesses shift their operations to more modern methods such as e-commerce and online transactions,” President Duterte said in his speech.

He added, “This endeavor will surely boost our global competitiveness and stimulate economic activities during the period of recovery [from the effects of pandemic] and digital transition.”

The Chief Executive also commended the PHLPost “for ensuring responsive and people-centered governance, placing Filipinos at the heart of their operations towards building a high-trust society.”  He further expressed his gratitude to “PHLPost for supporting this Administration’s advocacies and development plan that are always anchored on ‘malasakit’ as one of its pillars.”

Moreover, President Duterte checked the Command Center that monitors real-time Post Office operations.  These changes in PHLPost form part of President Duterte’s goal to expedite the delivery of government services to Filipinos as embodied in Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

PHLPost is a Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC) under the Office of the President (OP) tasked to mainly provide postal services and deliveries in the Philippines as well as to other nations.

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