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(Reported by: Ms Victoria Melissa C Pulido, Social Development Office Program Officer and Formator for Service Learning)oroMain Photo

Xavier Ateneo is part of the team that assisted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in COVID 19 business recovery through the OROBEST Business Recovery Innovation through Development and Growth of Enterprise Program (OROBEST BRIDGE). This partnership program between the academe, government agencies and business sector, extend direct consultancy services for MSMEs to guide them in redesigning their operation and emerge resilient amid the threats and limitations of the pandemic. 


OROBEST BRIDGE Implementers, Partners and Stakeholders with Mr Ruben A Vegafria (President, Oro Chamber of Commerce)

Faculty experts in Xavier Ateneo and Ateneo de Manila University have assisted identified MSMEs in coming up with Innovation Business Recovery Plans (IBR) that will aid businesses in accessing appropriate programs and services that will help cushion the impact of COVID 19. IBRs can bring in potential partnership for MSMEs that will support them in research, innovation, capital loan, e-commerce, and funding/ grants. Moreover, the IBRs main objective is to help businesses make an informed choice on their recovery and continuity as they strive to overcome the threats of the pandemic. 


Mr Ruben Vegafria, President of Oro Chamber of Commerce, attends the turn-over ceremony and personally hands in to MSMEs the IBR developed by faculty experts from Xavier Ateneo and ADMU.


Ms Nenita Tan, Business Owner of Bestfriend Goodies, receives the IBR developed by Engr Elenito Duran, Faculty of the College of Agriculture at Xavier Ateneo.

Ateneo de Manila’s Intellectual Property Office developed the IBRs of Green Pastures Corporation and Oro Handmade Innovation, Inc. while the following are Xavier Ateneo faculty involved in the IBR development of the respective MSMEs:

  • Engr Glenn B Paclijan, Chairperson (Industrial Engineering) of the College of Engineering

Jamaican FnB Training and Assessment Center

  • Mr Milbert Dialogo, Faculty of the School of Business and Management

Mustard Seed Systems Corporation

  • Engr Elenito Duran, Faculty of the College of Agriculture

Best Friend Goodies

IBRs were turned over to MSMEs on April 22, 2021 at the Oro Chamber of Commerce and was attended by Mr Ruben A Vegafria (President, Oro Chamber), Mr Alfonso P Alamban (Regional Director , DOST-X), Dr Ambrosio Cultura II (Director, NorminCIERD), Mr Ermidio J Abang (Regional Director, DTI-X), Mr Almer R Masillones (Provincial Director, DTI-MisOr), Ms Querittes Queja (Program Director, OROBEST Innovation), Engr Dexter S Lo, (Director, Xavier Ateneo’s Institutional Societal Engagement), representatives from the academe and business owners of MSMEs.


OROBEST BRIDGE Program’s Core Team and Xavier Ateneo’s Faculty Experts with Mr Ruben Vegafria (President, Oro Chamber of Commerce), Ms Querittes Queja (Program Director, OROBEST Innovation) and Mr Noemar Nash Nunez (Program Officer, OROBEST Innovation)

Lead implementers of the ORBEST BRIDGE are Xavier Ateneo, Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Trade and Industry X, Department of Science and Technology X, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and USAID Stride Program. While, Xavier Ateneo’s OROBEST BRIDGE core team is composed of Engr Dexter S Lo (Director, Institutional Societal Engagement), Ms Therese Rhea Rose M Baliwag (Project Officer, Institutional Societal Engagement) and Mr John Louie Sabal (Chairperson, Economics Department).