By. Renz Paolo B. Regis
As part of its 81-year legacy, Far Eastern University (FEU) Central Student Organization (CSO) launched its official website — www.feucso.org.
FEU's highest governing student body revealed its 'new home' last Monday, November 14.
The website was "two years in the making," said FEU CSO Presidential Chief of Staff Jefferson Cauzon.
"It was actually me who thought of the idea of having our own website. That was two years ago, when I was appointed as FEU CSO's marketing director. Then, it only materialized this year with the support of my President, Romel Bernardo and Student Development through Mr. Joeven R. Castro and Ms. Marie Lenore Delos Santos."
Cauzon added, "It is a formal platform for everything that concerns FEU CSO."
The said website features: a newsletter, the announcements, the organization's history, events and student services, a sponsorship primer, the president's journal, and an online grievance form.
It also contains: all about the FEU CSO, which includes the mission-vision statement, the roster of presidents, routine events, and event partnerships; and its administration, which includes the executive board, the board of directors, the executive committee and its departments, an organizational chart, a semestral report, and a financial transparency board.
For FEU CSO Communications Head Bernadete Loa, the website would "give accessibility to the FEU students.
Furthermore, "This kind of platform is necessary for the branding of the organization. It displays the professional look of our communication line with our internal and external relations," she said.
For FEU CSO Logistics Head Jeremiah Mendoza, having a website would be "a great help in disseminating information."
"This could help in our events — both in promoting and finding its sponsors," he shared.
Moreover, the website would "show the kind of events organized by the FEU CSO," said FEU CSO Events Management Director Paolo Palogan.
"It would make other people aware how vibrant the FEU community is."
Meanwhile, FEU CSO Purchasing and Finance Director Jeremiah Ong said that having a financial transparency board in the website would "serve as FEU CSO's mandatory report to the FEU students, to indicate where their organizational fees are spent."
"We strive to be transparent in every expense we make, to ensure the proper usage of the organizational fee, which is paid by every member of the FEU student body," Ong added.
Likewise, FEU CSO Treasurer Paula Manuel also noted the financial transparency board. "I am really glad that we now have our official website. It is very timely for us to have it. This is where our expenditures, liquidations, and financial reports will be uploaded."
When asked about the presence of the online grievance form in the website, FEU CSO Vice President Joshua Valencia said that it would "create a systematic way of gathering concerns from the FEU students."
When it comes to FEU Congress, "I think, having this website, we will just going to post the minutes of the meeting and the resolution. So, just in case a student would like to have a copy, he/she will just go to our website, download it, and have a soft copy or even a hard copy of it," Vice Chairman Valencia explained.
Thus, FEU CSO President Romel Bernardo expects the newly-launched website to be "a better medium in terms of catering the needs of the students, and an avenue that can better express FEU CSO's functions, intentions and plans for the years to come."
He said that the website "could widen the reaches of the organization in terms of external partnerships, and solidify its appearance as a prominent partner organization inside FEU."
For FEU CSO Adviser Lenore Delos Santos, this is one of FEU CSO's achievement — for being "the only student organization in FEU Manila who has its own website."
Hence, she said, "This will serve as an avenue for the organization to communicate and to keep everybody posted. I just wish it will be maintained and managed well by the succeeding officers."