I have not updated this blog for a few days now – I flew to Laoag last Saturday to check on my team who were deployed all over North Luzon to complete a systems implementation project for a multinational client based in Manila. Laoag – a city up in Northern Luzon, Philippines, is about 45 minutes plane ride from Manila, or approximately 10 to 12 hours travel by bus.

My team (by two’s, spread in 5 locations all over North Luzon) just completed the roll-out of the new Sales and Distribution system on the first batch of sites in North Luzon – covering sites in San Fernando in La Union; Candon, Cabugao, Vigan and Laoag in Ilocos Province. The second batch of sites commenced today – Urdaneta and Dagupan in Pangasinan; Solano, Santiago and Tuguegarao in Central Valley area. Hopefully, we should be able to complete this nationwide roll-out of the new System by first week of March – after more than a year of roll-out/implementation all over the Philippines. We have already completed the roll-out in Central Luzon, all the way to Manila, to Southern Tagalog and Bicol region; Leyte, Ilo-ilo, Cebu and Bacolod in Visayas; all the way to Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Zamboanga in Mindanao.

There were a total of almost 70 locations where the group implemented the system – which covers from Sales Route Management, to Order Booking, Processing, Dispatching, Invoicing, Finance Accounting and Accounts Receivable.

This is a good implementation experience for this young team – composed of entirely newbies in Systems Implementation. But all successfully implemented the system more than what was expected out of them – despite being their first time doing a large project such as this.

Right now I am in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, and will do my rounds to other locations this whole week. Hopefully, I could get a good mobile internet connection on these areas, so I can still update this blog even for a few minutes.

The sights and sceneries, the food, the charming people that we meet would greatly ease the burden of going from one place to another on long hours of driving.

Will post pictures as well. Till then…