This is worth emulating.

It is now all paperless in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Leyte as Vice Governor Carlo P. Loreto strengthened his move for a paperless environment that will greatly benefit mother earth.

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Leyte Vice Governor Carlo P. Loreto and Senate President Franklin Drilon led the cutting of ribbon during the blessing of the repaired building of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Leyte and the re-launching of the paperless session system. Also present in the event are (from left to right): Board Members Bob Abellanosa, Wilson Uy, Mimiette Bagulaya, Jun Cayunda and Deborah Bertulfo. At the back: BMs Emmanuel Gacis and Edwin Faller. – Photo by Aldwin Paraiso

 

In a memorandum issued on March 24, 2015, Loreto cited the bad effects of paper on the environment.

“The production and use of paper has a number of adverse effects on the environment which are known collectively as paper pollution,” the memorandum reads.

“Pulp mills contribute to air, water and land pollution. Even paper recycling can be a source of pollution due to the sludge produced during deinking,” it added.

With this, Loreto and the Provincial Board Members of Leyte “agreed collectively to re-institutionalize the paperless system in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Leyte,” which they have started sometime in August 2013 but was stopped after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The paperless initiative is “in harmony with the province’s persistent advocacy for the protection and preservation of the environment, and to be compliant with R.A 8792 or the Philippine Electronic Commerce Act of 2000.”

Hence, the province will maximize the benefits of information and communications technology as they recognized its “vital role in nation building and the need to create an information-friendly environment.”

They will now be technologically-driven which will introduce transparency and real-time transmission of public documents.

“With the paperless system, public documents especially the agenda of every session conducted at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Leyte are now accessible through a website. These are also being shared into social media pages,” the vice governor said.

“It is updated with necessary documents made available to the public. The government is more transparent. Everyone can check the documents anytime,” he added.

The vice governor however said that they need the cooperation of other agencies and offices for the paperless system to be really successful.

Thus, the province agreed to require “all offices and agencies doing business with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to submit both electronic copy and hard copy of any document submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in consonance with the Paperless System in the conduct of the SP Sessions.”

While some may not agree to this due to whatever technical issues, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan believes that with this resolution, “concerned government or non-government officials and private persons or entities having recurring official transactions with us will be able to save time, effort and finances from submitting voluminous documents.”

On the same note, this will serve the purpose of the paperless system in place as the legislators expect “an enormous reduction of paper consumption and a significant contribution to the transcending advocacy for environmental conservation and adaptation.”