After 100 days when Supertyphoon Haiyan with the local name of Yolanda hit areas in Visayas, particularly Tacloban City, PHLPost does its share in helping restore the normalcy in the postal office located in the said city with the help of two foreign postal organizations.
PHLPost has been closely working with a team from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) during a special mission in the country last February 3 to 14. They personally conducted an inventory of damages on postal facilities which were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda.
The UPU has appealed to member countries to contribute in their rehabilitation efforts in the Philippine’s postal services, which were totally devastated by the super typhoon. The Universal Postal Union is a specialized agency for the postal sector of the United Nations (UN) based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Once the inventory is complete, the UPU will help PHLPost put in place an emergency plan to re-establish postal activities. The UPU plans to concentrate its efforts on rebuilding the main post office in Tacloban, which is also the mail transportation hub in Eastern Visayas region.
The funds collected will be used to rebuild the post office, and also to buy postal vehicles for mail transportation.
According to Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz, “Super typhoon Yolanda has affected its personnel and their families in provinces of Leyte and Samar, destroyed several post offices, roofs torn off and vehicles out of service.”
She likewise conveyed on behalf of PHLPost their sincere appreciation to UPU member- countries for their contributions in rebuilding the postal infrastructure in the region.
Dela Cruz also assured the public that they are making continuous efforts to bring normalcy of postal operations in affected areas.