By Jel Santos
Makati City Hall employees here were enjoined to adhere to the paperless policy, which was passed recently by the City Council.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay yesterday called on city hall to fully support the policy, which she said is a bold move to push for a more environment-friendly and digitalization initiatives this year.
“We laud the well-timed initiative of the City Council which complements our thrust of pursuing the city’s transformation into a digital city of the 21st Century,” she said.
“Maximizing the use of modern technology to substantially reduce paper consumption concretely demonstrates our sincere commitment to promote the conservation of natural resources and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change,” Binay added.
The City Council Resolution no. 2018-007 or the “Paperless Policy”, according to her, is in the performance of its mandate is aligned with her administration’s thrust of “embracing technology in the various aspects of local governance.”
As a known champion and role model of the global campaign for climate resilient cities, she said that Makati must take the lead in adopting environment-friendly practices in its systems and operations.
The policy was endorsed by Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, Binay said.
To show support, the mayor has ordered the prompt procurement of new laptop computers.
Lagdameo presided over the first paperless session of the City Council where all its members used a laptop during the proceedings last year.
At the same time, the legislative body would be able to reduce the consumption of paper and save on printing costs, given the voluminous documents generated in the performance of its duties and functions, she added.
City Administrator Atty. Claro Certeza recently issued a memorandum to all departments and office heads of the city, ordering them to comply with the guidelines of the said policy.