TACLOBAN CITY- Members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan of Leyte renewed their paperless sessions after it was temporarily stopped after their equipment were destroyed when their building sustained severe damages due to supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

This was disclosed by Vice Governor Carlo Loreto who serves as the presiding officer of the council. The paperless system beginning this month.
“With this move, the provincial board members can read our agenda for the upcoming sessions wherever they are. They no longer need to bring bundles of papers with them. In just one click, they can already read and review our agenda,” Loreto said.

He explained this move is also part of the legislative body to help save environment “by having a paperless environment, means saving trees”.
“For every one thousand pieces of coupon bond, one tree is being cut. It is about time that we intensify our move to save mother earth,” Loreto said.
Moreover, the paperless system will save time and effort in submission of voluminous documents to the Sanggunian. It will also redound to savings for the provincial government, Vice Governor Loreto said.

Implementation of the paperless system has been initiated during the term of former vice governor and now Board Member Mimiette Bagulaya with the help of the Department of Interior and Local Government that provided them with the development of the software. However, it is only now during the term of Vice Governor Loreto that it is fully implemented. But when Yolanda hit Leyte, its building sustained damages, to include its Internet connections. Agenda of their regular session could also be uploaded from the official Facebook page of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan of Leyte.

The vice governor also said that municipal or city council could also send soft copy and one hard copy of their resolutions and ordinances to the provincial board which will be uploaded to the system by a staff of the vice governor. Loreto explained that uploading their agenda to the Internet make the public aware of what will they be discussing and people can check documents anytime thus makes the provincial legislative office transparent.