The Next Generation Cold Chain Practitioners Program kicked off last January 2019 at the University of Makati. The aim of the program is to inform and educate the students undertaking Supply Chain Management the difference of Cold Chain management as compared to standard SCM practices and to educate and share with them our experiences with Cold Chain. This is a joint effort with the Philippine Institute of Supply Management and the course is being prepared to be extended to the Jose Rizal University also.
The program for the first quarter of 2019 was attended by no less than 30 students per session. The students were in their third year, taking up BS Supply Chain Management at the University of Makati and were very surprised about the difference in the attention to detail when handling perishable products.
The students were given lectures on Cold Chain Basics and Fundamentals, Successful Refrigerated Warehousing, Temperature Controlled Transportation, Cold Chain for produce, Cold Chain in the Retail environment and Cold Chain in the Quick Service Restaurant environment.
The working committee of two (2) would like to thank; Mr. Jon Santos of IRS Transport, Ms. Brenda Santos-Te, Mr. Edgar Fernandez and Mr. Fed Figueroa for their time and effort in helping educate the students of UMAK. The committee would also like to thank the Management of Royal Cargo for allowing the students to visit their facility in Bulacan. The field trip was indeed an eye opener for the students.
Moving forward, the course “Cold Chain Management” is now being developed to become a regular subject in the course Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management. At least when the time comes that we will be considered dinosaurs in this industry by the younger generation, we will still feel confident that we have laid the proper foundation for the industries’ development in their hands.
The committee welcomes additional volunteers who would like to participate in the program.