Reviving project mercury -2

OVER the years, Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost), now-privatized agency of the government, has gained notoriety not just for its employees’  track record in mail thievery/pilferage (remember the recent TV news footage on two Philpost employees caught on CCTV opening a mailed matter?), but for its lousy mail delivery practice.

I’ve fallen victim to this Philpost-imposed “tragedy” many times, the latest of which involved the arraignment of the accused I represent before the Regional Trial Court of Sorsogon, Branch 53.

As court records will indicate, in her Order dated 23 September 2011, Presiding Judge, Hon. Rofebar F. Gerona, set the accused’s arraignment on September 26, 2011.

It’s mailed copy (intended for me as defense counsel) of this Order was stamped “received” at both the Sorsogon and Legazpi Philpost offices on September 29, 2011, and eventually delivered to my office address at our residence in Pilar Village, Las Piñas City ONLY on October 2, 2011.

Obviously, it was impossible for me to attend the court’s setting for September 26, 2011.

Quite expectedly, and for my failure to materialize during the scheduled arraignment, Her Honor issued a “mild” warning against me in Her Order dated 26 September 2011 which partly read: “Today’s arraignment cannot proceed because of the absence of accused’s counsel de parte, Atty. Alex Almario,  who is given by the court the benefit of the doubt considering the inclement weather. Xxx.”

Her Honor was only doing her job  and,   in  fact,   deserves  two thumbs-up for her said Order.

She was only trying to make sure that the disposition of the subject case should be insulated from too much delay – an attitude that ALL judges throughout the country, irrespective of court level, should at all time emulate.

The incident I mentioned, as we put it in legalese, is now moot and academic.

But such mix-up should not be replicated.

This brings to mind the “Project Mercury” in the late 70’s invented by the then young genius by the name of Roilo Golez (now Representative of Parañaque City) as soon as he was appointed Postmaster General in the Bureau of Posts. It resulted in the delivery of mail matters anywhere in the country with amazing dispatch – which quickly catapulted Mr. Golez to prominence.

It is time current PostGen Josie Dela Cruz revived “Project Mercury” and give the public that much-needed “heave of relief”  vis-a-vis their mail matters.

After all, Philpost exists wholly on account of our TAX MONEY.

Let’s retrieve our fullest ROI from it – in terms of efficient Philpost service.


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