ALL stakeholders are invited to provide their inputs and comments, and to submit their concerns and views on the current postal service regulation in the country, including steps to be taken to address the need to regulate online couriers, app-based courier services, and freight forwarding services.

            In 1973, it was determined that “it is necessary to systematize the supervision and control over the carriage and dissemination of mailable matter for the good of the public in the interest of national security”(Presidential Decree No. 240 s. 1973). As such, the Postmaster General was authorized to supervise, regulate and control the operation of private express and/or messenger delivery services (PMEDES). This power was subsequently transferred to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)thru Article V §26 of Republic Act No. 7354, which states that: “[t]he exclusive power and authority to regulate the postal delivery services industry or those engaged in domestic postal commerce, as provided for under Presidential Decree No. 240, shall be vested with the Department of Transportation and Communications…” While control and supervision was with the DOTC, it suspended the processing of new and renewal of application of the Authority to Operate PMEDES. Afterwards, the powers and functions of DOTC relative to communications were transferred to the Department of Information and Communications Technology by §15 of Republic Act No. 10844.

 These consultations shall be part of the overall participative and synoptic process through which the Department shall gather relevant data and information that will inform its overall departmental policy direction relative to providing an effective, responsive, and updated regulation of the country’s postal services, in accordance with the Department’s statutory mandate to “ensure and protect the rights and welfare of consumers and business users to privacy, security and confidentiality in matters relating to ICT, in coordination with agencies concerned, the private sector and relevant international bodies.” (§6[n], RA 10844). The response of stakeholders may be in the form of position papers, draft policies, research papers or citations to foreign courier or freight forwarding services best practices, rules, regulations, or laws.

For reference, attached herewith is a copy of the 2018 draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) prepared by the Postal Regulation Division (PRD) of this Department. You may send your paper submissions at postalservice.armd0001@dict.gov.ph. The submission period shall be on or before 14 October 2019 or within thirty (30) days from posting of this Notice.

Let copies of this Notice be circulated, and published in the Website and Bulletin Board of the Department, and sent to the pertinent agencies and entities in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2, Book VII, Revised Administrative Code and existing laws.

For a copy of the notice, click the link below:

NOTICE : CONDUCT OF CONSULTATIONS ON REVISING AND UPDATING THE POSTAL SERVICE RULES AND REGULATIONS

For a copy of the guidelines, click the link below:

Draft Revised Guidelines