PhilPost employees fear losing their jobs

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


SEVERAL employees of the Philippine Postal (PhilPost) Corporation in Eastern Visayas are in danger of losing their jobs as the office has now been merged with its counterpart in Central Visayas.

The PhilPost Eastern Visayas merger with the PhilPost Central Visayas, which took effective February 1, was part of the rationalization plan of the government.

Catherine Asensi, PhilPost personnel division chief, said the merging would affect several personnel of the said office considering that some positions would be abolished.

“But I could not say yet as to how many of our personnel would lose their positions as we are still awaiting the list from our central office as approved by the Department of Budget and Management,” she said.

The PhilPost in Eastern Visayas has 390 regular staff, 31 casuals, one contractual and 31 job order workers.

Asensi said initially, 60 of the regular employees would be affected as three of them are to retire this year while the remaining 57 chose to retire voluntarily.

She said the casual, contractual and job order workers are sure to be affected by this merging and not so much with those holding permanent positions.

But Oscar Bioco, who is the finance and administrative division chief of the PhilPost in Eastern Visayas, said he would voluntarily resign from his work at the PhilPost.

Bioco said his position as chief on administrative and finance division is among the positions that would be abolished due to the merger.

“Anyway, I will be retiring two years from now so I just opted to retire from service,” Bioco, who has been working at the PhilPost for 36 years now, said.

Bioco also admitted that one of the reasons of the merger is the fact that Eastern Visayas is a “losing region” in terms of income.

Last year, the PhilPost in Eastern Visayas only generated P61 million sourced from postal stamps sales and money order fees, among others.

The income was practically half compare to its annual expenses of at least P120 million, the bulk of it goes to salaries and benefits to the employees, Bioco said.

“Our being a losing region could be a factor why we’re merged to Central Office,” Bioco said.

The preference of the public to use private forwarder companies and the use of text messages and electronic mails were the reasons cited for the low income of the PhilPhost in Eastern Visayas.

Eastern Visayas covers the provinces of Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar. With the merger, it would now consider Central Visayas as its mother region with its central office based in Mandaue City.

Officially, the two offices would now be known as Central and Eastern Visayas Postal Area under the leadership of Robert Mondoñedo.

Eastern Visayas’ director, Edward Rojas, was directed to report to their central office effective February 1. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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