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SCMAP Election

The officials who will take over in year 2013 will be elected by the membership on November 22, 2012 at the last general membership meeting for 2012.

 

Member companies are asked to:

 

  • Specify their official rep for year 2013 as all official reps are available to be elected as directors
  • Attend the GMM and cast their votes

 

 

Strategic Procurement Seminar – Last Call

Last call for the SCMAP Strategic Procurement Seminar conducted by UniMaC Business Consultancy, Inc.

 

Highlights:

 

  • Seminar Fees are: SCMAP member P5,500 VAT included / Non-SCMAP member P6,875 VAT included
  • Date – Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:00 to 5:00.
  • Venue – Astoria Plaza on Escriva Drive (formerly Amber Ave., Pasig City
  • Speaker — Augusto Arguelles, Prof. in Operations & SCM, Ateneo Graduate School of Business, with over 30 years of consulting and managerial experience,

 

Seminar targets include companies procuring goods and logistics services, with the following objectives:

 

  • Raise the level of procurement from clerical or commercial to strategic
  • Analyze your “spend” to identify what needs most management attention
  • Develop appropriate strategies to provide your company the assurance of reliable and value-for-money suppliers and service providers

 

The seminar is also for suppliers and logistics service providers to

 

  • Understand how customers categorize your company and services
  • Improve value and competitive advantage to your customers

 

Seminar topics include:

 

  • Supply chain and strategic competitiveness
  • Clerical, commercial and strategic level of SCM operations
  • Prioritizing your efforts
  • Understanding your supply market
  • Strategic framework for analysis
  • Generic strategies to reduce supply risks and improve value

 

Ease of Doing Business (EODB)

After the bright economic news we listed in two successive issues, we saw a letdown when news items announced that the Philippines slipped down two notches in the indicator EODB from #136 to #138 out of 185 countries, i.e., the Philippines is in the lowest 25%. In Southeast Asia only Laos ranked lower.

 

More recently, a news item reported that the Philippines ranked #10 out of 11 countries in corporate governance, ahead of only Indonesia. But let’s go back to EODB. The rankings are published by the World Bank / IFC and determined using 10 indicators, including: starting a business, securing electricity, getting credit, protecting investors thru governance, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, court efficiency, trading across borders, resolving insolvency, getting construction permits. Part of the indicator starting a business is the number of procedures where the Philippines has 16 procedures compared to 3 for Malaysia.

 

So, what does the above have to do with supply chain? Two things. First, EODB affects investments, which affect the economy and therefore supply chain requirements.

 

Second, I had a recent experience in dealing with a government agency, the SEC. This was in connection with the amendment of by-laws approved at the GMM on June 28.

 

It took 5 days for our utility man to file, wait in the long queues, follow up and discuss with hostile-sounding SEC staff, absorb the corrections being dictated, follow unclear procedures, and move from department to department on 3 to 4 floors, plus several telephone calls by our secretariat assistant. We were surprised with new instructions, deadlines and penalties, some of which were verbal. We were ordered to buy a membership book, something we were told for the first time since the founding of DMAP in 1990.

 

In 2007 I personally handled the amendment changing from DMAP to SCMAP. I had a daunting experience, with the long lines and an impatient lawyer examiner, who struck me as a nitpicker and fault finder. It took me several days.

 

Probably amendment of by-laws is not part of the World Bank indicator for EODB. But starting a business is one indicator. Could it be that registration at SEC is part of this?

 

The difficulty of doing business is reflected in other government offices. Have you ever gone to a branch office of the SSS? Have you ever fallen in an NBI waiting line? Have you ever tried to get a city business permit? I have gone through all of these except the NBI line. I found them all intimidating, which matches our EODB rating.

 

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 DMAP training and other activities are requested to send their e-mail addresses.

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