College students convey mixed views on Next+ Card

Students lining up by the Discipline Office as the Next+ IDs are distributed, February 14. (A. Bautista)

As part of the digital campus initiatives of the institution, a new version of the students’ IDs, the Next+Card was released to college students, Feb. 14 at the Office for Students Services.

In a previous interview with Lavoxa, Allan Lucero, OIC-manager of the Information and Communications Technology Center (ICTC), said that among the upcoming features of the Next+Card include automatic monitoring of students’ class attendance and e-payment of transactions inside the campus.

He also said that there will be a notification system for the parents of the students wherein a message will be sent pertaining to the entry and exit of the student in and from the campus.

As of press time, Lavoxa is still communicating with the ICTC for information on when the students will be able to access these features of the new ID.

Student claims the Next+ ID after surrendering the old school ID for invalidation. (A. Bautista)

Following the ID distribution, college students expressed mixed opinions regarding its functionalities and design.

Seth Amiel Marquez, third year BS Electronics Engineering student said, “Maganda siya kaso yung student number di gaanong makita. At saka di na siguro kailangan ipaalam pa sa magulang na nakarating na sa school sapagkat matatanda na [ang mga college students].”

Considering the overall design, fifth year BS Electrical Engineering student, Bernard Allen Falcunaya pointed out that students’ college or department is not indicated in the new ID.

“Ang ID natin ay [kamukha] na nung mga sa senior high, [at] parang wala nang identity kung ikaw ay CBEAM o CITE o kaya naman kung ano mang college,” he said.

Meanwhile, Maxinne Nicole Rangel, third year BS Accounting Technology student, acknowledged the purpose of the project.

“Maganda siya para sa goal ng La Salle na digital campus at sa statement nilang ‘’Driving What’s Next,” she said.

On the other hand, graduating students are concerned about the use of the smart ID due to their limited time left in the institution, given that no specific date has been released on when its features will be utilized.

No choice na din kami kasi yun yung gusto ng school, [pero] sayang siya kasi siyempre binayaran din namin siya at graduating na rin kami,” said fourth year BS Entrepreneurship student, Zarah Laroza.

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