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Last Friday night SCMAP held the induction of its incoming officials – directors and committee chairpersons, at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, in a simple ceremony. Basically the ceremony included just the necessary parts.

  • Welcome remarks by outgoing President Dennis Llovido
  • Keynote address by MMDA Chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino
  • Induction of the SCMAP officials
  • Inaugural address of the incoming President Ike Castillo
  • Awarding of plaque to the keynote speaker
  • Closing remarks by VP Gabby Patag.

Seen at the induction were:

  • SCMAP past presidents (Norman Adriano, Eric Perdigon, Lorie Cinco),
  • Conference sponsors and advertisers (Shyrr Perez, Dave Alegado,,Salvador Segovia, Jane Ocava, Manuel Baldeo, Arvin Lope, Ruth Que, Chris Borci, Rellie Siapco, Roman Mariano, Aniec Dungog)
  • Shipping Lines (Richard Manansala, Melody Cuevas, Lucy Medrano, Nora de Gracia, Jun Manalang, Bert Santos, Marvin Tiu, Dexter Go, Mario Arnaiz)
  • SCMAP members (Sam Salas, Jessie Piedad, Robert Aquino, Federico Figueroa, Manuel Rodil, Dan Aguinaldo, Robert Concepcion, Grace Zamora, Dominador de la Cruz, Alberto Vera, Ernie Gana, Noel Aguilar, Arnel Tamayo, Charito Lopez, Rocky Alcantara, Michael Racho, Bong Cages, Lonna Mae Dreyfus, Marlyn Del Monte, Norman Aguilar, Philip Baleros, Magdalena Gagallac, Jocelyn Dizon, Leah Landaos, Johanna Guevara-Janeo, Salvador Segovia,

The highlight of the proceedings was the keynote speech of MMDA Chairman Tolentino, a bit lengthy but never boring, definitely very enlightening, even entertaining, sometimes even exciting.

Chairman Tolentino displayed broad thinking and fairly deep knowledge of logistics, something that caught the audience by surprise. As he is basically a lawyer by background, I expected a boring speech. Yet his talk was heavy in content. Without sounding boastful, he recounted his achievements to date, including the motorcycle lane on Commonwealth Avenue (more orderly than Vietnam), never having demolished a dwelling, never having removed a sidewalk vendor, removal of large billboards on EDSA, esp. lewd billboards, motorists obeying traffic rules on Macapagal Blvd., never removed informal settlers, instituted fixed salaries for bus drivers to avoid bus racing.

He also unveiled what appears to be his pet project, which would go a long way to alleviating the traffic problem in the connection between QC-Manila to Makati. This is the Skybridge. This is an elevated highway running between QC-Manila and Makati. The beauty of this project is that it will use road space that is currently unused. Where is this space? This is the space above San Juan River. Thus, even during construction, this will not add to the traffic. It will be finished in two years and motorists will not even notice it is being constructed.

He said that at this time, Philippine supply chains have the government as the weakest link. Chairman Tolentino challenged SCMAP to collaborate with, and help the government, being the experts in logistics and supply chain management.

For his part, incoming President Ike Castillo praised Chairman Tolentino’s words as encouraging and uplifting, because they are founded on the thrust to improve the country’s supply chain

Ike then paid tribute to the SCMAP movers, led by past presidents “who through commitment and passion have brought SCMAP to where it is now.” The many years of Consistent Advocacy, Open Communication and Relevant Education have shaped DMAP and SCMAP through time.

Then Ike promised that SCMAP in 2012 will be different.

Truly, it might have been Fun in SCMAP the past many years

But it is going to be Different in 2012!

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. Visit SCMAP’s website at:www.scmap.org

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