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Davao goes paperless with e-signature policy

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Mayor Sara Duterte pushing the envelope on a paperless systemby endorsing the use of electronic signature starting off with administrative documents for city government employees.

The e-signature will convert the entire city government into a paperless system for an eco-friendly environment by 2019, Duterte said on Monday.

She said the initiative was the brainchild of the City Archive Division, as it sought for way to lessen the voluminous number of papers per offices waiting for the signature of the department heads.

“The e-signature is very environment-friendly and it gives more security since we are the only one who can affix our signatures and our passwords as well,” the mayor said.

With the establishment of the e-signature system, documents will now be transacted from one office to another through the use of email even if the transaction involves national offices.

“We can still use the e-signature system even if the transaction is between our office and the national offices because it has an email option,” Sara said.

The documents containing e-signatures can also be used in court as a certified true copy when the judiciary asked for it.

The mayor hopes that through the initiative of the city government, other cities and municipalities will adopt the system eventually to help save the environment.

“I am very happy with the initiative of our archive division to push for technology and innovation in our city government processes, and hopefully when we are done and it is ready to roll out to be used by the city government, it will be a source of benchmarking for other LGUs as well,” she said.

The paperless system was one of the agenda highlighted by the mayor during her 2017 State of the City Address. (Funny Pearl Gajunera/PNA)