THE City Council has approved the request of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) Northern Mindanao for the city to come up with its own commemorative stamps.

Councilor Simeon Licayan, chairperson of the City Council committee on finance, said the stamp hopes to promote the city’s tourism industry.

The letter of PhilPost to the City Government said that as a general rule, subject and themes of their proposed stamps shall promote mutual understanding to strengthen the bonds of international friendship and to enhance and disseminate the Philippines flora and fauna, natural resources, culture and history.

Amor Aguilar, Postal inspector, said they will charge the City Government P565,950 in the purchase of the commemorative stamp, in which a memorandum of agreement shall be entered into between the proponent and PhilPost.

Mayor Vicente Emano said he had already requested the City Council’s finance committee to identify sources of funds for the proposed project.

Emano said this is because the city’s funds have already been allocated to other projects.

Upon application, PhilPost requires 50 percent as down payment for the project. Licayan said they will submit a hard copy of at least three stamp designs to PhilPost Manila, with sizes 5”x7” or 8”x10”, for study and evaluation.

He said they will include write ups or historical background of not more than 200 words in the submitted copies.

Licayan said the post master will decide for the final subject and theme of the stamp after which the stamp committee will evaluate the proponents and be given stamp issuance.

He added that all commemorative stamps sent by the Philatelic Service shall be included in the Philatelic stamp collections within one year.

Licayan said if the project would push through, Cagayan de Oro City will have its own identity to be broadcast worldwide.

He added that the City Government is yet to decide on the design of the stamp. (Nicole J. Managbanag)

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