For a number of years he had been frustrated at not being able to “crash” the ranks of the SCMAP 10-man Board. Although he had been among the top ten vote-getters at the annual November elections, there was a limitation according to the by-laws that the number of directors coming from the ranks of logistics service providers could not exceed two (this limitation was removed last year). With his frustrations, he involved himself in the election process, in the canvassing of votes.
The company he represented, TNT Express Worldwide, is a logistics service provider. The other companies whose reps usually came ahead of him were the likes of XVC Logistics, IDS Logistics, Fast Logistics and Koldstor. Finally he came through for 2013. Not only did he become a director; he was elected President.
Whom am I talking about? It is no other than Gabby Patag, this year’s President.
Why did I not say his name outright? I guess to add to the suspense brought by the title. In the SCMAP circle, however, it was already known that he was ill.
Gabriel Raymond Patag, or “Gabby” as he is fondly called, succumbed to complications arising from cancer last Friday, May 17, 2013.
Gabby was a hard working President and demonstrated his leadership as he took over the reins of SCMAP from previous president Ike Castillo, starting with the first Board meeting right after Christmas 2012. At the Planning Session in January 2013 he was already visibly in discomfort but carried the session to success.
Gabby pressed on and welcomed the challenge of the expanded scope of SCMAP activities. In his last two months, he directed SCMAP activities, although visibly ill, from home and the hospital bed. The last activity he was directly involved in was his attendance at the 2013 Arangkada session, an activity organized by the Joint Foreign Chambers.
Below is a profile of Gabby:
- Solid expertise in operational and technical field of Supply Chain Management and its related disciplines such as transport, warehouse, project management and the like.
- Employed as Operations Development Manager of TNT Express Worldwide Express (Phils.) Inc. “Gabby” earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University Professional School last 2004 under the Regis Program. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science Degree major in Management at the University of the East in 1992. He took up a Master’s Program in TNT – Strategic Supply Chain Management at Tilburg University in Tilburg, The Netherlands. He was also a part-time lecturer at the De la Salle University Professional School for the Post Graduate Course in Supply Chain Management.
- Started his career in logistics and transportation industry as Corporate Planning staff and moved across the organization and industry occupying several positions in various capacities from Branch, Operations, Logistics and Distribution Manager to Strategic Business Solutions and Planning Manager, Special Services Manager
- Conducted strategic and operational training programs, seminars and workshops for various disciplines such as leadership, communication, customer service and the like.
I invited Gabby on two occasions to be a guest columnist, but his illness prevented him from. He is survived by his wife Dindin and two young children, one going into 4th year and the other grade 7. Gabby’s body lies in state at the Holy Trinity Chapels on Sucat, Paranaque. He will be buried at Himlayang Pilipino, Tandang Sora.
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