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Monday, October 7, 2013
BELIEVE it or not, there is one post office in the world where mail is seldom delivered, if at all; where mail becomes dead right at the moment it reaches this post office.
Believe it or not, this post office is located right here in the Philippines! Right here in Cebu! Right in Lapu-Lapu City!
It is a showcase of gross dereliction of duties and blatant disregard of existing policies on the handling of mail by certain employees of this post office.
And despite the designation of new personnel to replace those who retired, the situation remains pathetic and from the looks of it, it even took a turn for the worse.
I don’t know about the other barangays, but in my barangay, our new postmaster
conveniently blames his predecessor when confronted with issues on lost mail.
But his predecessor had a valid reason for being unable to deliver mail: he was old and he was no longer in the pink of health.
While before, when we went to the post office and asked for some undelivered mail, our former postmaster would readily give it to us just by referring to his log, our new man on the job just sits on his ass all day and if he does go out in the field, they don’t deliver mail all and who knows where he goes.
To make matters worse, he never gives notices about registered mail to the addressees.
His only saving grace is, he goes out of his usual indolent ways to deliver SSS checks to people concerned promptly. The reason he does this is dubious no less, I would presume.
If you visit the Lapu-Lapu Post Office you will see an even larger pile of undelivered mail there, courtesy of the new derelict personnel.
Take this one from my own actual experience: An invitation for the family to attend the vigil mass (Christmas Eve) at the Sugbu Study Center was mailed at the Cebu City Post Office on Dec. 7, 2012. It reached Lapu-Lapu City on Dec. 8, 2012. We received the invitation on January 22, 2013.
Letters from abroad suffer an even worse fate: A Christmas card from Cheltenham, England was mailed on the first week of December, 2012. It reached us mid-February, 2013.
A letter from our son containing pictures was mailed from Pamplona, Spain sometime in March, 2013. We never received it.
A package containing business cards bearing my name was mailed from San Francisco,
California, USA on July 30, 2013. We haven’t received it either, until now.
We inquired about them and gave the postman assigned to our barangay a week to look
for them. We came back after two weeks.
We were informed that they could not find my son’s letter, and the business cards from San Francisco never reached Lapu-Lapu City.
I have written to the Postmaster General about this and I certainly hope that she can do something to rectify this sorry situation.
It is definitely giving the Philippine Postal Corp. a bad name. Are the days of dedicated postmasters totally gone? Or is this inherent only at the Lapu-Lapu City Post Office? Heaven help us!
Bottomline: I am not asking for heads to roll, I just want this people to shape up.
My wife will still love to see my son’s pictures. And I would certainly want to use those colorful business cards in my work as a real estate agent.--from an exasperated but still hopeful Lapu-Lapu City resident
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 08, 2013.