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Two issues ago we featured advocacy work undertaken by SCMAP in its first twenty years of existence (1990 to 2010). The advocacy work dealt with the objective of Improvement in Supply Chain Processes and Improvement was directed at two aspects:


(1)   Direct Improvement in Supply Chain Cost

(2)   Service Improvement


That was one side of what I referred to then as “two-faced”SCMAP. The other side of SCMAP pertained to the Development, Advancement and Dissemination of Supply Chain Knowledge. In the end, this would also lead to the Improvement of Supply Chain Processes due to improved knowledge and understanding of supply chain processes. Both faces of SCMAP lead to the same objective. Thus the first side of SCMAP used a direct approach, a direct attack on supply chain cost and service, while the second used an indirect or soft approach.


In the issue where we discussed advocacy work (May 6, 3013), we summarized activities classified as advocacy work using a direct approach to improvement.


On the second face of SCMAP (indirect approach), below is a summary of activities undertaken in the first twenty years:


  • Holding of various forums with government officials and private groups as speakers,

on topics such as truck ban, hijacking, EVAT, shipping deregulation, RORO project, ports projects, road projects, trucking, shipping lines plans, bar coding, citizens’ crime watch seminar, etc. (1990-2001)

  • Annual logistics / supply chain conference & exhibit (1993-2010)
  • Annual shipping / logistics immersion courses on board vessel (1992-2010)
  • Seminars / workshops / forums (1991 – 2010) on warehousing, intro to supply chain management, logistics outsourcing, leadership, quantitative approaches to logistics planning, basic shipping course, forum on measuring logistics performance
  • Speaker and participation in, and endorsement of, international logistics conferences (1995-2010)
  • Surveys on distribution practices, shipping procedures, hijacking, trucking rates, pallets, third party logistics, warehousing shipping lines appraisal, benchmarking project
  • Contacts and lectures with the academe (De la Salle, UA&P, MIT, TIP), SCMAP

-DLSU program on SCM (2005-2010)

  • Cooperation with JETRO and AOTS on logistics conferences, consultations, training


  • Development of a certified logistics master program under guidance of JETRO and in cooperation with PCCI
  • Publication of a regular column – “SCMAP Perspective” in PortCalls newspaper


  • Listing with the Council of Logistics Management as a trade and professional organization (1996-2005)
  • Participation in various conferences, congresses, council work with government and private groups (MARINA, PPA, PLSA, DOTC, MMDA, SPAC, PSB, DTI, PCCI, etc.)
  • Key role in CSPM (Coalition for Shipping & Ports Modernization).

Looking at the first twenty years, DMAP/SCMAP became known for doing battle on rates with the shipping lines cartel. This set SCMAP apart from other organizations, which focused mainly on expanding knowledge in their field to members for them to use in improving their own processes, such as the holding of seminars, forums, conferences.


The direct approach was active, at times aggressive, using participation in rate hearings, submission of position papers in meetings on developing legislation and regulations and contribution to a newspaper advertisement. At the height of the infamous EO59 controversy we even had a march to Malacañang on Mendiola Street.


Today SCMAP does not make such a clear distinction between the two approaches, but still undertakes both.


Address inquiries and comments to Ed Sanchez at tel. 671-8670, fax 671-4793, cell 0918-914-1689, or email scmap.org@gmail.com. Those interested in SCMAP training and other activities are requested to send their e-mail addresses.

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