Three lucky recipients receive free mailboxes

– as part of GPOC’s mailbox sensitisation campaign

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Three lucky homeowners, today, received the first of 100 free mailboxes as part of the Guyana Post Office Corporation’s (GPOC) mailbox sensitisation campaign.

Launched earlier this year, the initiative aims to help reduce the high volume of returned mail to post offices across the country, due to the absence of mailboxes.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes said the GPOC has provided over 225 years of service and will continue to make changes to effectively serve its customers.

“This time the change we are trying to implement we cannot do successfully without the assistance of citizens of Guyana, and that is why we are trying to make our postal service more efficient with your help… We need your full cooperation and support so that we can deliver your mail safely and securely,” the minister explained.

Minister Hughes said the initiative also aims to ensure the safety of the corporation’s mailmen and women. She also highlighted that the corporation is also keen to promote small mailbox businesses for those who wish to have their work on display.

“To the young and old entrepreneurs, if you are making postboxes please contact the GPOC because we are willing to help you get your product to the people. If you produce a quality product for a cost-effective price, people would buy your mailbox… We have had some innovative young people that have beautiful designs for mailboxes; some more expensive than others, but we are willing to display these innovative and creative boxes,” Minister Hughes said.

Those chosen reside in District ‘A’ which includes Georgetown and were randomly selected after a survey was conducted regarding residents without mailboxes. Thus far, some 1,704 mailboxes have been placed at various locations across the country.

It was highlighted that the corporation’s operations are divided into six districts, Areas ‘A’ to ‘F’ and the managers in all districts will randomly select recipients in the coming weeks to receive free mailboxes.

Postmaster General, Karen Brown expressed appreciation to everyone who has been supportive of this initiative, noting that the ministry has gone ‘the extra mile’ to help the corporation achieve its goal of reducing the large volume of returned mail.

“GPOC saw it necessary to aid in this regard, it is the Christmas season and what better way to promote this campaign than just simply giving back to the public to show continuous support throughout the years and to encourage you to have those mailboxes mounted,” Brown said.

Neola Damon.

Images: Adrian Persaud.

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