Davao City council goes ‘paperless’; Inabot ng P1.3M gastos

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As part of its efforts to go “paperless,” the Davao City council has spent P1.3 million to acquire laptop computers for use starting 2018.

Council majority floor leader Bernard Al-ag said the amount covers some 27 laptops worth P50,000 each, for use by the councilors during sessions.

“Next year the Council will be reducing the use of paper during session. We will be using the laptops for our agenda and especially for all our attachment,” he said.

Al-ag said this will end the practice of printing the agenda and other attachments for the session.

This should in turn reduce the council’s use of paper by 80 percent – or about 8,000 kilos of paper a year.

Meanwhile, Al-ag said the councilors will be trained to use the new system before they can use the laptops.

Al-ag also said the city council will soon pass an ordinance creating a City Archive Office that will reduce the use of paper.

“Eventually all signatures of department heads and City Council will be also in digital form. So once this is implemented, the use of paper will really be reduced,” he added.