Philpost runs out of money order forms PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 12:09

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness…” (Colossians 2:6-7, the Holy Bible).

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PHILPOST RUNS OUT OF MONEY ORDER FORMS: Many lawyers like me surely had the scare of their lives, in a manner of speaking of course, during the last several days insofar as their out of town (read that, outside of Metro Manila) cases that required them to pay certain fees, like appeal fees, for instance. The reason?

The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) appears to have ran out of money order forms that had to be filled up by interested parties, so money orders could be sent by them to appropriate government agencies, like the courts, where fees and money had to be remitted as part of certain requirements.

As a result of this, fees that had to be paid were not paid, causing big problems, like, in an Iloilo City court case of mine, the appeal fees I was trying to deposit with the Philpost were not accepted and hence were not paid to the court.

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PHILPOST ASKED TO EXPLAIN: So, since no one at the frontline offices of Philpost can explain anything to me and to my staff about the problem of missing money order forms, I wrote the Postmaster General. Here are parts of my letter: “We are writing to you in connection with the problems being encountered by our clients and other interested parties in connection with their inability to send money orders…

“We were told that the Philippine Postal Corporation has stopped or refused accept placements for money orders allegedly on account of the policy of its officials to change its money order forms, and that, the new money order forms had not been delivered to it yet.

“With due respect, we do not question the wisdom or the necessity of changing forms for money orders. That is a matter that is better left for your discretion. But, Philpost should have, in the meantime, provided for a way by which money orders can still be sent while it is awaiting the delivery of the new forms.  As it is, people who regularly transact using money orders are left without any recourse or remedy at all…

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PHILPOST TO ISSUE CHECKS IN LIEU OF MONEY ORDER FORMS: Ms. Corazon E. Damias, the chief of Philpost’s Postal Payment Delivery Division, wrote back to me. She explained:  “We would like to inform you that the postal money order form has been converted into a check  in compliance with the regulation of the Philippine Clearing House Corporation (PCHC)… which states that banks would no longer accept checks with the old format design effective July 01, 2017.

“We were advised by our depository bank on the implementation of the said circular only in January 2017. Hence, we consulted the PCHC if the postal money order would be covered by this issuance and they replied us on the affirmative. There was a delay in the distribution of the new postal money order checks in the post offices because we had to wait for the approval of the PCHC and our depository bank on the design since there was series of tests made on the proof/sample prior to its approval and printing of checks.

“In addition, compliance with the provisions of RA 9184 on procurement of  goods and services must be strictly observed since PHLPost is a government entity….”

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