As part of the trade union’s strength and democratic processes, the Postal Employees Union of the Philippines (PEUP) held its National Convention and Election of Officers on April 25-26, 2008 at the Cebu Business Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines. Eighty-four (84) active trade union leaders from around the country participated in the convention. The PEUP elected their new set of national officers and adopted a new election code for future union conventions. The delegates also decided to create a committee to address the implications of the Rationalization program of the current administration.
Leaders from various labor groups both local and international were also present to give solidarity messages to PEUP. Among the guests were: Daniel Edralin, Chairperson of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL); Reynaldo Rasing, Executive Director of LEARN; Eeichi Ito of the Union Network International (UNI) – Japan Liaison Council; Jun Umali of the UNI-Philippine Liaison Office; and Alvin Dizon for the Olof Palme International Center of Sweden. The Union of Service and Communication Employees (SEKO), of Sweden also sent a solidarity message which was read on that day. Furthermore, postmaster-general of the Philippine Postal Corporation, Hector RR Villanueva, attended the convention and delivered a message for the PEUP officers.
Incidentally during the convention, the delegates congratulated Crisogono Llido delegate of Region X (Cagayan de Oro), whose son, Christian Llido, placed 10th in the recent Bar examinations.
The new elected union officers of PEUP are the following: Diosdado de Guzman III-National Chairman; Jaime Villanueva-National Executive Vice Chairman; Edwin Tolentino- Area Vice Chairman for Luzon; Samad Macmod-Area Vice Chairman for Mindanao; Raymundo Rey Suelto-Area Vice Chairman for Visayas; Danilo Avellana-Secretary General; Rafael Luna-Deputy Sec-Gen Internal; Ernesto Sanpedro-Deputy Sec-Gen External; Flora Monton-Treasurer; Merlie Narvaez-Assistant Treasurer; Marlyn Abuel-Auditor; Maritess Marifosque-Deputy Auditor; Allan Aldea-PRO; Sam Fadallan-Assistant PRO.