PNoy orders the use of PH or PHL as Philippines country code

By on Jan 4, 2011 in Current Events, National, Politics Comments
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All government offices has been directed by President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, through Administrative Order No. 5,  to use the initials PH or PHL as the country code of the Philippines. The complete AO No. 5 is posted in the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines website.

The directive of the PNoy is in compliance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards on country codes. According to the ISO website:

ISO‘s work makes a positive difference to the world we live in. ISO standards add value to all types of business operations. They contribute to making the development, manufacturing and supply of products and services more efficient, safer and cleaner. They make trade between countries easier and fairer. ISO standards also serve to safeguard consumers and users of products and services in general – as well as making their lives simpler.

For businesses, the widespread adoption of International Standards means that suppliers can base the development of their products and services on reference documents which have broad market relevance. This, in turn, means that they are increasingly free to compete on many more markets around the world.

According to AO No. 5, signed last December 9, 2010, ISO assigns two-letter (alpha-2) and three-letter (alpha-3) codes for member countries, and the codes assigned to the Philippines are PH and PHL, respectively. Previously, the Philippines is using the initials ‘RP‘ to refer to the Republic of the Philippines.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has already directed earlier the 67 Philippine embassies, 23 consulates general and four permanent missions to implement the use of the initials PH or PHL in all their dispatches and reports.

AO No. 5 was issued because the codes set by the ISO are being used in international events and conferences, sports meets, and airline ticketing, among others, locally and abroad. The Philippine electronic passports issued by the DFA Office of Consular Affairs already bears the ISO three-letter codes.

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