I live in a subdivision outside Davao City. Technically it’s still Davao City, as Davao is geographically the largest city in the Philippines it encompasses a wide area. I think of it more like a suburb though. It’s probably a good thing that PhilPost rarely delivers here, because there aren’t any addresses in my subdivision.

I found the same to be true for most businesses that I tried to find. I started to realize that Google Maps had almost no chance of being accurate if the business was on a long street. Especially one without a cross street nearby. “Center the marker and call it good”, seems to be the rule about 50% of the time.

The locator that is used in identifying a house in our subdivision is the Phase (our subdivision was built in three phases), the Block Number, and the Lot Number. Similar to what you might have back in the States for the identification of the lot of your home. For good measure we occasionally add a street to the address, for mail and bills, but I am not certain if that is made up or real. There is no indication that is our street name, and no one seems to follow that for direction purposes. We just give the phase, block and lot number for directions.

For businesses what I see most commonly is the listing of the street they are on, and then the nearest cross street. A building is also listed, if that is applicable. I suppose this worked well when Davao was a small, little town, but that’s not true anymore. This is a good sized city that is growing rapidly. If you are a smaller business, it is not going to be easy to find you in many cases. I know I’ve had a difficult time knowing Where to Find It in Davao. It would be a great help to have a specific, definite address to locate.

I don’t know if PhilPost has given up trying to figure it out, or if it’s the other way around. Maybe no one cares about addresses, as mail is unlikely to arrive, so much so that many businesses, Davao Light for instance, have their bills hand delivered. But even then, they need to know where to deliver it, too. I suppose in their case they deliver it to the meter.

We got mail last week for what I believe was the first time since I’ve moved here. The two pieces were post marked at our local office two months prior. I’ve yet to determine if there is something we need to be doing differently to receive our mail in more timely fashion, but it’s on my list of things to do. I know it’s not me being a foreigner, as these were addressed to my asawa.

I can’t really think of any good reason not to establish street addresses, and to start using them. Maybe it won’t improve the mail delivery, but it could have a positive effect on locating something. Isn’t that the idea, to have your business located?

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