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PH gov’t eyes transfer of Philippines Post office building

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MANILA, Philippines—The administrative offices of the Philippine Postal Corp. will soon transfer to Quezon City to reduce operational costs while it awaits Malacañang’s plan for the 86-year-old Central Post Office building in Manila.

Postmaster General Josefina dela Cruz said the national government has not laid out a clear plan yet for the building but the Mega Manila and Central administrative offices will push through with the transfer within the second quarter of the year.

“Since we will move out, and it’s provided for by our joint venture partner with no expense to us, we might as well do it before the rainy season comes to avoid a repeat of damaged mails and parcels,” Dela Cruz said. “We will still keep (the building) until Malacañang tells us to leave.”

In the meantime, the mail-sorting operation of the Manila Central Post Office will remain in the expansive neoclassical building constructed in 1926 and restored in 1946 after the war.

“Much as we’d hate to leave this beautiful building that we are so proud of, we feel it should go to another department or company who has the money to preserve it at its best, unlike us who have to earn every cent for the overhead cost,” Dela Cruz said.

She said electricity and water bills at the Central Post Office amount to P4 million a month, which could be used instead to pay for PHLPost’s share of the premiums for Government Service Insurance System coverage for postal workers.

Converting the Central Post Office into a high-end residential, office or commercial structure as part of a public-private partnership plan to redevelop the area is one of the options being explored. The group behind Fullerton Hotel in Singapore, which used to be a postal office, too,  reportedly expressed interest in the PHLPost building last year.

“This is a heritage building, it cannot be sold. It can go for joint venture and lease. But it’s not up to us, it will be decided by a committee that will be created by Malacañang, which will involve this entire quadrant, including Intramuros and Metropolitan Theater,” Dela Cruz said.

The redevelopment project is also expected to have a spillover effect on Binondo and Escolta, she added.

“As far as this is concerned, the Department of Finance is on top of it. We are waiting because we are just a member of the committee. Meanwhile, we found a way to solve our dilemma because we can’t always run to them like children every time we have a problem,” Dela Cruz said.

Empire East Land Holdings Inc. will provide Philpost with a temporary building while it develops the latter’s 1.4-hectare property in Quezon City. As part of the joint venture, Empire East will build a 5,000-sq.m office building for PHLPost and will also build a building for its own use.

“Given that arrangement, we solved our problem on where to transfer and we earned some money because (Empire East) will give us guaranteed income in an eight-year spread. This year, they will give us P31 million which we can also use to move out,” Dela Cruz said.


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  • $53950194

    i think it is a very wrong move if ever they demolished the building.  there’s a heritage commission i think should look after and protect this kind of building.  

    • magiting78

      Pwd p naman gamitin…gwing Opisina ng VP binay…para madali sya balibagin ng mga tao..lolz

    • http://twitter.com/balingkinitan Hendric Redor

      “This is a heritage building, it cannot be sold. It can go for joint
      venture and lease…”

      pakibasa ulit…

      • $53950194

        what about this paragraph?

        “Converting the Central Post Office into a high-end residential, office or commercial structure as part of a public-private partnership plan to redevelop the area is one of the options being explored. The group behind Fullerton Hotel in Singapore, which used to be a postal office, too,  reportedly expressed interest in the PHLPost building last year.”

      • http://twitter.com/balingkinitan Hendric Redor

        at kung hahanapin mo sa google ang fullerton hotel, makikita mong pinreserve yung original structure…

  • Karabkatab

    Tsk tsk tsk….Sayang na Building, mapupunta na naman kay tsikwa…

  • dickenhead

    I wish to God they will preserve that building & not tear it down like what they did to the Jai-Ali. it’s a part of our national heritage

  • blue01

    Matagal na ito pinag-iisipan. One of the suggestions that has some traction was to convert it to a hotel. Kasam rin i-rehab ang katabi nyang Metropolitan theater. Parang may underground access pa nga ako nabasa dati from the Phlpost to the theater.

  • rouelcalzita

    Again corruption is at stake.
    Crook mind in the government glared back at themselves from the guaranted P31 million w/c they can use to move out.

  • paulmart

    Tama yan at approve na approve ako dyan. Talagang hindi mapagtiwalaan ang ating gobyerno when it comes to preserving heritage buildings. Walang kaalaman ang gobyerno in maintaining heritage buildings, architectures, structures at iba pa.  Even the world famous Luneta is poorly maintained. I’ve just been there recently to find out myself. The place is so dirty, dusty, and very smelly. Talagang mabaho, it stinks everwhere. Ang malinis lang na parte ay ang monumento ni Rizal.  The fallen leaves under the trees are left to rot. Obviously, wala or bihira lang seguro winawalis at nililinis.  The water in the pond of the  Japanese or Chinese garden ay napakarumi, No water circulation. Ang mga tagabantay sa mga entrance ticket booth ay napaka pangit.. hindi lang sa mukha kundi pati sa ugali. Talagang hindi tourist friendly ang mga iyon. Sari sari ang mga tinitinda ng mga vendors, karamihan ngtitinda ng hilaw na mangga with bagoong, my nagtitinda ng dried pusit. Talagang hindi tourist friendly ang mga tinitinda nag mga vendors.  Marami akong dapat sabihin dito …pero kahit anong sasabihin ko … wala naman talagang aksyon na mangyayari.

  • Don Dee

    Move the Senate to this building.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    merong kikita dito:)



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