For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been sending out snail mails to Deped officials, school associations, and schools for my SchoolPad website. My mail includes 8 pages of letter-size bond papers. The cost for each mail is 23 pesos (around $0.50).
The other day, one mail was returned because the addressee has resigned. OK, no problem. Except that the cost of the mail is only 14 pesos as stamped on the envelope. If not for this returned mail, I wouldn’t have known the true cost.
When you send a mail just like mine, the receiving staff would weigh your mail first before telling you the price. The price list is not posted anywhere and only the receiving staff can see the price list or maybe she acts as if there is a price list. You cannot even see the reading on the weighing scale. The 1st time, I asked for a receipt but the lady in charge politely said they don’t give receipts and that everything is OK. The reason I asked for the receipt is I want to be sure that they would actually send my mail. The 2nd time, my worry is that the price would change given that the weight and price list is virtually non-existent. The good thing is they price consistently. They also corrupt consistently.
I don’t mind the 23 pesos cost because it is still cheaper compared to a private courier service. LBC would charge 100 pesos or more for my package. What the Cainta Post Office is doing is clear corruption; it does not matter whether it is 1 peso or 100 pesos. I have sent 83 mails already so that means they have corrupted 747 pesos from me alone.
If you know people in the Philippine Post Office who want to eradicate corruption, please forward my story to them. It is very easy to duplicate this. Just go to the post office and send a snail mail to a wrong address. When your mail is returned, you should be able to see the actual postage cost.
To Postmaster General Hector Villanueva, I hope you can read this.