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Oct 10, 2018

New Vehicles for the Post Office

While the internet provides an instant way to communicate, post offices continue to provide essential services. In rural communities across the country, the delivery of mail and packages remains a job for the post office. Today, two vehicles were gifted to the Post Office Department from the Universal Postal Union. The vans will be deployed to the north and south of the country. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The addition of a pair of spanking new mail vans to the existing fleet of vehicles at the Belize Postal Service, at a time when electronic communication has all but taken over as the ideal means of instant messaging, seems a bit preposterous.  That’s if you’re of the impression that the Post Office Department is solely responsible for the delivery of letters.  The advent of email and other forms of information exchange, including texting, has certainly impacted the mailroom; however, in most rural areas the delivery of physical correspondences and packages is still very much necessary.

 

James Gabriel

James Gabriel, Postmaster General

“To date we have expanded postal services to the village of Bella Vista, all the way down south in the Toledo District.  As such, residents of that community no longer have to travel all the way to the village of Independence to receive their mails.  As a result of this initiative, we have been seeing a huge reduction in the number of mails being returned from that area.”

 

Aside from the distribution of post, these vehicles will also be used to deliver packages, particularly boxed items purchased online.

 

Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport, NEMO

“Even those who use email and Whatsapp and Viber and soh fi go go purchase dehn stuff in New York, Canada or Russia, still need to get their goods home.  So the postal service is re-engineering itself so that they can use technology to fit in and deliver the goods or services to the world, really and especially here, for us in Belize.”

 

Both vehicles will service communities along the George Price and Philip Goldson highways.

 

Edmond Castro

“One of the vans will be traversing Belize, Corozal, the northern zone.  The other van will be going out on the western, on the George Price [Highway], one with Philip Goldson, [to be] politically correct and one on the George Price.”

 

For persons interested in collecting, the Philatelic Bureau advises that a new set of postage stamps known as definitives will soon be replacing existing imprints and those presently in circulation will no longer be used.

 

James Gabriel

“The sale of postage stamps is a core function of any post office, the Belize Postal Service, of course, is no exception.  Our objective was to produce at least three different issuances of postage stamps over a two-year period.  To date, we have produced two such issues of stamps.  I believe some of you would be able to recall the release of the commemorative stamp that commemorated the diplomatic and friendly relationships between Mexico and Belize.  That was a release of stamps that came out last year in September.  In addition to that, we also produced a reprint of our present definitives, tourist destinations.  We had also released that set of stamps and now we are working on a third set of stamps, very important set and that is the definitives.  The definitives are stamps that you would see in circulation for five years or more.  So when those definitives come on stream, the stamps that are presently circulating on our counters will be pulled off our counters, you will not be able to get those stamps again.  So it’s a good time for you to by those stamps, put them up because that is how stamp collectors make money.”

 

The vehicles are a donation to the Belize Postal Service and were purchased from Belize Estate and Company. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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