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THE Philippine Institute for Supply Management(PISM) intends to develop among its members world-class supply management standards through continuous collaboration with associations and educational institutions, said PISM president Mina Bato in an interview with PortCalls.

The association – which holds its annual conference and exhibit at the EDSA Shangri-la on March 3-4, 2005 – recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines for the creation of training programs for supply chain managers.

It also has a joint training program with Bayantrade,and is looking for areas of collaboration with the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers.

It maintains its association with the University of Makati even as it renewed a partnership with the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde on the joint offering of the Post Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management through the School of Professional and Continuing Education.

The six-module, 22-day post-graduate program is intended for both professionals and fresh college graduates."The diploma course promotes the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and competency in the area of purchasing and supply management," Bato explained.

This year, PISM will also offer three more Modular Learning Systems modules on international purchasing and supply chain management: reverse purchasing, auditing the purchasing function, and the environmental procurement/green purchasing.

On the overseas front, Bato said PISM is an active ally of international organizations including the Institute for Supply Management based in Arizona, and the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) based in the Netherlands, and the International Trade Center-United Nations.

She said the association takes pride in the recent appointment of former PISM president Imelda S. Carrillo, C.P.M., DSM as the regional vice president for 2005-2006 of IFPSM Asia Pacific Region.

Locally, Bato said PISM is working on the activation of its chapters in various parts of the country, including Bacolod, Cebu, Subic, Davao, Sorsogon and the Calabarzon area.

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