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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 beenconverted into a check  in compliance with the regulation of thePhilippine Clearing House Corporation (PCHC)… which states that banks would no longer acceptchecks with the old format design effective July 01, 2017.

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

“Inaddition, 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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