WE get very little good news about the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost).
For years it has been delivering letters and greeting cards for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Christmas, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day, etc. with signs of the envelops having been opened, sometimes with an oafish criminal’s heavy handed carelessness, obviously by employees looking for valuables to steal. This is an experience almost all of us here in The Times who have relatives abroad have suffered. The PHLPost-delivered greeting cards become occasions for sadness instead of total glee.
We must give praise where it is due, however. And this is why we write this piece to congratulate PHLPost for holding the “Dear Next President” event last Friday, Oct. 9, which was World Post Day.
October 9, 1874 was when the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was established in Berne, Switzerland, which made it a happy thing for people of all countries–even dictatorships–to communicate by mail to friends and relatives all over the planet.
PHLPost says the main purpose of “World Post Day is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries.” Yes, very good.
But, sadly, the Internet, cyberspace and cell phones have all but killed letter-writing in ordinary people’s lives. Letter-writing is a venue for human beings to practice respect and affection for each other. And we hope something will revive the practice. Maybe PHLPost can work on this and hold other events like the “Dear Next President” activity.
PHLPost’s sponsorship of the “Dear Next President” exercise is a service to the people. This is the third. If the company’s expectations were fulfilled, 50,000 or more young people participated in it all over the country. The letter-writing activity was held simultaneously in Skydome, SM North EDSA and in other selected SM Supermall branches all over the country.
The exercise made young participants think of how to improve the sad fate of our Republic which is now immersed in corruption and criminality.
In explaining her corporation’s rationale for the project, Postmaster General Josefina de la Cruz said. “With the 2016 election fast shaping up, we would like to encourage the youth, though they are not yet eligible to participate in the electoral process, to express his or her thoughts and hopes for the next president of the country through a letter.”
PHLPost says it will compile all the letters and present these to the next elected president of the Philippines.
We hope many of the letters are high-minded and the next president will be moved by the idealism of the letter writers.
But if the next president is a creation of the Smartmatic PCOS machines as the present one that we have is, then our hope–and that of Ms. Josie de la Cruz and the thousands who wrote “Dear Next President” letters–are going to be thrown to the garbage bin.
But at least the participants did an exercise in expressing themselves and using their brains, which are good things in themselves.