Calls to save post office reach Aquino-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Saturday, June 22, 2013
CONCERNED residents in Baguio City are banking on postcards sent to President Benigno Aquino III and post master general Josefina Dela Cruz to help restore the Post Office Building along Upper Session Road and convert the property into a museum.
For government employee and journalist Joel Arthur Tibaldo, passing through the Post-World War II building is a sight of the lost glory of the former American Hill station.
Tibaldo said most of the original structures and markers of Baguio such as the Old Stone Market and the Baden Powell Inn, among others, remind him of a long gone Baguio.
With the transfer of the Post Office to a building it shares with the Department of Transportation and Communication, Tibaldo noted the old building is slowly degrading.
Tibaldo said this can change by converting the historic landmark as an income generating museum.
With the use of social media, he started posting photographs of the Old Post Office Building along with his call for local authorities to look at its current state.
Soon, Baguio residents from all over the country and abroad have started expressing support to his advocacy.
Tibaldo stressed that even if Aquino or dela Cruz don’t reply to his postcard, he is happy both officials have been made aware of the current plight of the historic building.
But Tibaldo’s wishes did not fall on deaf ears.
Recently, he received good news from National Historical Commission executive director Ludovico Badoy saying the building may be recognized as a historical site even if it is just more than 50 years old.
Badoy said they will have to work with the National Museum for the building’s recognition, as well as work for its preservation.
Tibaldo stressed his dream of a postal museum with historical letters of Baguio’s past, collectible stamps and other communication equipment used through the years will not only be a source of great pride for the city known as a pioneer in communications in the north but also as a part of communication history being the first to be able to have cable television transmission in the country.
He said a councilor is also poised to author a resolution for the preservation of the Post Office building.
But all these aspirations, Tibaldo stressed, will only be realized if Baguio residents support and push for the preservation of the once historic Baguio landmark.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 22, 2013.