DRIVEN BY THE objective of enhancing the “Bedan experience,” San Beda University’s (SBU) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for an exclusive partnership with MCGS Commerce OPC last September 13 to become the sole supplier for all merchandise in the College.   

The Student Council (SC) and Office of Prefect and Student Affairs (OPSA) organized a bidding session with 16 different suppliers last July 17, all of whom submitted sample products and quotations online.  

After carefully evaluating the quality and price of the products, the CAS SC had determined MCGS Commerce OPC as the supplier with the “best offer,” for it not only met the SC’s requirements but also “exceeded” their expectations as well.  

Yung pinaka-benefit of having them as our official supplier is ‘yung assurance that we, Bedans, are getting quality items. In short, they’re worth every penny that we are paying them for every order,” the SC’s Vice President for External Affairs, Kyla Cayetano, commented.  

Further, she added how MCGS Commerce OPC were, “one of the few suppliers who agreed and understood the situation regarding the delay in payment and rush orders,” which is a common challenge in this field of trade. 

The SC proudly shared that their chosen supplier is already helping the council by offering freebies and their expertise in guiding the SC through the whole process of choosing which fabrics and materials are most suitable for the items they wanted to order. 

Kahit ‘yung mga items na hindi nila cina-cater, for example ‘yung mini fans and alcohols [sic], sila na ‘yung naghanap and made sure na quality din ‘yung items,” Cayetano shared. 

It is the partnership’s goal to guarantee a set of top-notch products for the Bedan community with the main objective of elevating their academic and extracurricular experiences by making the student body feel more engaged and vibrant.  

The SC’s Vice President for External Affairs believed that the high-quality merchandise will contribute in building the school’s reputation while the satisfied students ‘act as the walking advertisers’ of the school. 

This collaboration is set to “define a new era of excellence and community spirit at SBU,” according to the SC, with Cayetano saying that “the Student Council, together with the executive committees, are working really hard on improving and changing the systems that aren’t efficient anymore to the student body.”  

The Council also expressed their gratitude to Assoc. Prof. Marvin Reyes, Ph.D., the Prefect of Student Activities, for being one of the people that provided his utmost guidance in preparing and conducting the MOA itself. 

“He was kind enough to let the Student Council have the final say on which supplier will we choose,” Cayetano specified.  Following the partnership, SC is dedicated to involving all students in university events and decision-making processes in order to ensure that every voice is heard and seen.  

“This is actually not a promise, but rather the responsibility of the Student Council, kumbaga “bare minimum” as they would say. Nonetheless, the SC is working on doing extra measures to make the experience of the whole community better and memorable,” Cayetano expressed.  


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