Despite the latest technology that we have nowadays, wherein sending messages are made a lot easier through e-mails, there are still Filipinos who prefer to send messages and important documents through the traditional mail.
However, this manner did a lot of hassle to an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Australia.
According to Erwin de Lara, he sent a letter to his wife in Pampanga that contains several documents. He used the regular mail in hopes of saving some bucks.
It is said that the mail will reach in Pampanga in 3 weeks. The mail contains an important document which is the deed of sale of their house.
However, it’s been months but his wife hasn’t received any letter.
“Okay na sa akin ‘yung 1 month na tagal kasi ordinary [mail] eh… Pero ‘yung abutin ng 2 months, 3 months sobra naman ‘yung ganung serbisyo nila. Hintay kami nang hintay. Naghihintay kami sa wala,” says Erwin.
If they cannot find the letter, this will be an added expense on Erwin’s part.
“Puwede ako mag-request ng panibagong copy kaso another gastos na naman ‘yun. Papadala ng misis ko dito, papadala ko diyan so another bayad na naman. Dagdag gastos na naman,” the OFW said.
The problem of Erwin was rendered to the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) but it seems like they also cannot do anything about it. Since the letter was sent as an ordinary mail, it does not have a tracking number making it totally difficult to locate.
“Ginagawa po namin lahat ng posibilidad na mahanap ‘yun through manual na paglo-locate ng parcel niya. From Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) to distribution center ng Pampanga, medyo mahabang proseso kasi manual pero gagawin po namin ang lahat,” says Amado Tura, the post master in Manila Central Post Office.
Furthermore, Tura advised the public that if the document you will be sending is important, do not hesitate to spend more.
“Mas maganda na sigurado tayo. I-package nang maayos at gawing registered o express mail service para may paper trail,” the postmaster said.