Philippines – Delays in the processing of inbound and outbound international mail owing to the activity of Taal Volcano


The designated operator of the Philippines, Philippine Postal Corporation, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, since Sunday, 12 January 2020, it has experienced severe ashfall in the areas of Batangas, Laguna and Tagaytay City in the province of Cavite owing to the activity of Taal Volcano. As a result, some international incoming and outgoing flights were cancelled, leading to delays in the processing of international mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items).

As of Tuesday, 14 January 2020, normal operations were resumed with regard to all outgoing and incoming international flights carrying mail dispatches. Nevertheless, delays are still to be expected in the processing and delivery of international incoming and outgoing mail, as Taal Volcano’s activity has not yet ceased. Alert level 4 remains in place, indicating intense unrest characterized by earthquake swarms and volcanic tremors, ash explosions, fluctuating emission levels, ground deformation, lava flow and/or rockfalls. Similarly, hazardous eruptions are still possible within the coming days.

Philippine Postal Corporation thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding.