12p Phlpost Anniversary Logo -
55p Souvenir Sheets on One
Note: Due to silver foil stamping on
souvenir sheets, the stamp value was raised to 55p in contrast with
the accompanying single stamp which remained at 12p (single domestic
rate) only, having NO embellishments.
Designer: Rodine C. Teodoro
First Day Covers: Manila
Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) - 25th Anniversary
The Philippine Postal Corporation, (abbreviated as PHLPost (PhilPost prior
to 2012), is a government-owned and controlled
corporation responsible for providing postal services in
the Philippines. The Philippine Postal Corporation has in excess of
8,000 employees and runs more than 1,355 post offices nationwide. PHLPost
is based in the Philippines' primary post office, the Manila Central
Post Office, which overlooks the Pasig River. Its policy-making body
is the Board of Directors, composed of seven members including
the Postmaster General who serves simultaneously as the Chief
Previously an attached agency of the Department of Transportation
and Communications (DOTC) and the Commission on Information and
Communication Technology (CICT), the Philippine Postal Corporation
is under the direct jurisdiction of the Office of the President.
The Philippine Postal Savings Bank, one of three government-owned
banks in the Philippines, was organized under PHLpost.
Now it is a separate company.
The Philippine postal system has a history spanning over 250 years.
In 1767, the first post office in the Philippines was established in
the city of Manila, which was later organized under a new postal
district of Spain (Postal District 31). In 1779, the postal
district encompassed Manila and the entire Philippine archipelago.
The postal district was reestablished on 5 December 1837. A year
later, Manila became known as a leading center of postal services
within Asia. Spain joined the Universal Postal Union in 1875, which
was announced in the Philippines two years later.
On 5 December 1837, the first postal service in the Philippines,
established by a royal decree in 1767, 70 years earlier, was
reorganized. A year later, Manila became known as a leading center
of postal services within Asia. Upon its creation in 1767, the first
post office was established in the city of Manila, serving mainly to
courier government and church documents. It was later organized
under a new postal district of Spain, encompassing Manila and the
entire Philippine archipelago, in 1779.
During the Philippine Revolution, President Emilio Aguinaldo ordered
the establishment of a postal service to provide postal services to
Filipinos. It was later organized as a bureau under the Department
of Trade on 5 September 1902, by virtue of Act No. 426, which was
passed by the Philippine Commission. The Philippines eventually
joined the Universal Postal Union, this time as a sovereign entity,
on 1 January 1922.
Manila Central Post Office.
While the Manila Central Post Office building, the center of
Philippine postal services and the headquarters of the then-Bureau
of Posts, was completed in its present-day Neo-Classical style in
1926, it was destroyed during World War II.
After the war, the Central
Post Office was rebuilt in 1946.
With the overhaul of the Philippine bureaucracy in 1987, the Bureau
of Posts was renamed the Postal Service Office (PSO) by Executive
Order No. 125, issued by President Corazon Aquino on 13 April 1987.
It was also that order that placed the PSO under the DOTC. On 2
April 1992, by Republic Act No. 7354 the Postal Service Office
became the present-day PHLPost. The law also granted the
Philippines Postal Corporation, the authority to reopen
the Philippine Postal Savings Bank, which occurred on 21 July 1994
by President Fidel V. Ramos.