You’ve got mail! Doesn’t it sound interesting? It’s a surprising thing to know that you have mail waiting for you, but if you are in the Philippines are you 100% sure that it will reach you on time? I had such an experience on the public postal service in the Philippines. I was once sending mail to one of the banks I have, for signature verification purposes while I was overseas. But a couple of weeks later the mail was sent back to me with a stamp that it’s been to the Philippines. What happened to my mail?
I had a relative working as a postman years ago in my hometown. He use to deliver mail using his bicycle and he said there was a time when a staff member was fired because he was opening some of the parcels in the post office before sending it to the owner. Corruption similar to this is happening everywhere, especially government offices aside from the good ones. How could a country improved and progress if even a small institution is full of corrupt people?
If you want your mail to be secure and to reach those you are sending it to, I think it would be safer to send it through commercial post. Though you pay extra, at least you’re confident enough in knowing that your mail is in good hands. But beware! Choose only reliable commercial posting companies, because not all of them are good.
Here is another experience I went through, that occurred two years ago. My husband sent me some mail before I met him with Australian magazines. I was in Manila at the time I was due to pick it up. I went to the post office and “woe” it was a really hot afternoon. I had to wait in line in a very long queue. While waiting for my turn, someone was getting a package and when she was asked where it came from she answered she did know where it came from so the postman refused to give her the package. The woman just went away mumbling and upset after waiting such a long time for nothing and expecting to get her package. Anyway, I finally got my package and to think it only took 1 hour before I had it in my hands.
That was my city experience, in case you were to ask if you asking if it was in a rural area or in a province. Yes absolutely, it takes ages before you get your mail and the worst thing is you have to travel kilometres away just to follow up if it’s in the post yet and if it’s in the post you’ll see by the date that it’s been sitting there for ages. Some staff are obviously not doing their job. If you don’t follow it up by yourself then you don’t get any mail. What’s that? it’s supposed to be delivered to you?
I was really impressed by the mail and post system here in Australia. It is on time, secure and reliable and you have no worries at all. Why is this happening in the Philippines? Delayed mail delivery, opened packages, long queues and missing contents? It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines but stress definitely outweighs it.