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PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost beefed up security in the wake of Quiapo bombings

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has tightened its security on mail matters that passes through the postal service and delivered to addresses nationwide in the wake of the recent Quiapo bombings involving a package delivered by a private courier (not PHLPost).

Under the Parcel Post Manual implemented by postal administrations worldwide through the Universal Postal Union, countries have the right to inspect parcels in transit by applying security and internal regulations.

Preventive measures have been undertaken by the PHLPost to stop the entry of prohibit items detected upon at the entry point where parcels and other mails that passes through the post for inspection and delivery.

PHLPost has been doing its part in the government’s effort to specifically stop prohibited materials from entering the country through the mail. Aside from the regular inspection of parcels by employees of the Bureau of Customs in the presence of addressees/claimants, PHLPost has also set-up x-ray machines to detect postal items coming from the provinces and abroad at its mail processing area located at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City and Surface Mail Distribution Center (SMED) in North Harbor Manila.

“We remain vigilant in our effort to thwart illegal items on mails and parcels,” postmaster general Joel Otarra said.

It has also “beefed up” measures including “tracking, advanced data collection and close coordination with other country’s postal administrations, security assistance from drug and law enforcement units, and other risk management procedures that would mitigate the threat of using the postal service in illegal activities.”

Also, postal administrations worldwide must inform each other through the UPU - International Bureau of prohibitions or restrictions governing the import and transit of parcels in their service.

Any security measures applied in the international postal transport chain must be commensurate with the risks or threats that they seek to address, and must be implemented without hampering worldwide mail flows or trade by taking into consideration the factors in the mail network.