City council goes techie-A A +A
Thursday, January 2, 2014
THE Iloilo City Council has started innovations on paperless session agenda by using e-copy to all council members to work on their respective laptop computer during the session.
City Council Secretary Ruth Arroyo said the high tech session initially focused on the session agenda only but is expected to expand to other matters and agenda content within this year.
Councilor Lady Julie Ann Baronda, committee on information technology chair, initiated the paperless agenda in December 2013 and fellow councilors found the innovations practical and saved on bond paper, ink, and work hours.
Costwise, the computerized system is very effective and the City Council secretariat found more hours for its other functions.
All 13 city councilors prefer the agenda on their personal computer except senior city councilor Ed Peñaredondo who assured he will try to learn the demands of the computer age. Peñaredondo insisted that the city councilors be furnished the hard copy of the agenda content and not just rely on the computer.
Arroyo said they are starting the agenda and will soon go into the provisions and contents of the agenda and other matters in a paperless session. Aside from the laptops, two wide screens were provided by the office of vice mayor Jose Espinosa III for the use of councilors and session observers.