The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said it is closely coordinating with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) regarding the PhilIDs that may have been affected by the fire at the Manila Central Post Office.
Based on the initial information provided by the PHLPost, only PhilIDs for delivery in the City of Manila were affected by the fire.
“The PSA is working with the PHLPost to determine the number of PhilIDs affected,” PSA said in a statement issued on Monday.
PSA also clarified that PhilIDs for delivery of the PHLPost are “sorted and stored” at the PHLPost Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City, which it said were unaffected by the fire.
“We assure the public that the PhilIDs affected by the fire shall be replaced by the PSA at no additional cost to concerned registered persons, following protocols set by the PSA for such scenarios,” PSA said.
On Monday morning, a massive fire razed the Manila Central Post Office. According to the Bureau of Fire Protection, the fire was confirmed when a first alarm was raised shortly before midnight.
According to a social media post of the Manila Public Information Office, Manila Fire Department Fire Senior Supt. Christine Doctor-Cula said the fire is declared under control as of 7:22 a.m. Monday.
Meanwhile, according to an earlier story published by the BusinessMirror, a statement furnished to this paper noted Postmaster General Luis D. Carlos assured the general public that the PHLPost would remain operational as he ordered nearby Manila branches of PHLPost to assist the public.
“We express grief and are saddened by this unfortunate incident. We didn’t expect this to happen but we assure the public that all PHLPost branches will be business as usual. There is a nearby post office in Manila and other parts in Metro Manila where the public can send their letters and parcels”, Carlos said in a statement furnished to BusinessMirror.
Carlos added that the PHLPost is “closely coordinating with the Bureau of Fire Protection on the possible cause of the fire.”
In the meantime, Carlos said their immediate concern is for The Manila Central Post Office and its main offices to look for a temporary office while the nearby post office will house PHLPost’s letter carriers. -30-
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