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PHILIPPINE manufacturers and logistics companies were urged to comply with international risk management programs or face delays in their supply chain. This is according to Nippon Express security and risk manager James Oliver.

Oliver, who spoke at the recent Philippine Semiconductors and Electronics Convention and Exhibition, said Philippine stakeholders can adopt their processes to comply with the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the Transported Asset Protection Association and/or the ISO 28000 systems.

“There are different needs in terms of security and risk management for Philippine manufacturers and logistics service providers in order to protect the lines of trade,” Oliver told PortCalls at the sidelines of the convention.

“Based on my assessment, the best program to take would be the ISO 28000 as it offers comprehensive approach in security and risk management.”

He added, “Government initiatives are also good but we should not rely heavily on them.”

ISO 28000 is applicable to all areas of the supply chain unlike C-TPAT which mainly focuses on terrorism or US importers and companies that ship and handle shipping to the US. TAPA, on the other hand, focuses on cargo loss or for high-tech or high-value end-to-end warehouses and forwarders.

The ISO program is also compatible with ISO 9001; ISO 140001:2004; OSHAS 18001:2007 and ISO 27001:2005. It is the only program that uses a comprehensive security management and risk-assessment system, and a third-party certification that C-TPAT and TAPA do not offer.

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