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DFA drops RP acronym, now PHL in usage By Michaela P. del Callar 10/29/2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

DFA drops RP acronym, now PHL in usage

By Michaela P. del Callar 10/29/2010

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and its foreign diplomatic posts began using the initials PH or PHL when referring to the Philippines, and not anymore “RP,” an acronym for the Republic of the Philippines, in compliance with the country codes set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Moreover, the DFA said the use of the designated country codes would “avoid the ambiguity and confusion with the use of the initials RP.”

“The long standing usage of the initials RP is not in accordance with ISO codes, leading to ambiguous initials that can also refer to other countries,” the DFA noted.

In a Department Order dated Oct. 20, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo directed the DFA’s 67 embassies, 23 consulates general and four permanent missions to use the initials PH or PHL in their dispatches and reports to the Home Office.

The ISO developed the ISO3166-1 codes, assigning two letter (alpha-2) and three letter (alpha-3) code to member countries..... MORE

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