DFA to use PH or PHL instead of RP PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:50

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will be using the initials "PH" or "PHL" from now on when referring to the Philippines.

The Philippines has long been represented by the initials "RP" for "Republic of the Philippines."

In a department order issued on October 20, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo directed the DFA's 67 embassies, 23 consulates general and four permanent missions to use the initials PH or PHL in their dispatches and reports to the Home Office.

The DFA said the move complies with the country codes set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The DFA said the use of the designated country codes PH or PHL would "also avoid the ambiguity and confusion with the use of the initials RP."

The DFA already uses the ISO numeric code for the country, 608, in passports, visa issuances, and authentication documents.

"The long standing usage of the initials RP is not in accordance with ISO codes, leading to ambiguous initials that can also refer to other countries," the DFA explained.

However, there is no "RP" on the ISO country lists online. The closest are Puerto Rico (PR) and Romania (RO).