THE Provincial Board (PB) of Misamis Oriental clarified that it did not intend to deliberately censor the proceedings of its entire sessions.

In a statement sent through email, PB acting secretary Filemon Aguilar Jr. said they did not intend to censor or alter the proceedings of the entire session as they depend solely on the minutes prepared by the PB's stenographer.

Aguilar issued the statement in reaction to Sun.Star's news report about some flaws on PB's paperless session, which was culled from the observation of Board Member Jesus Jardin.

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Earlier, Jardin commented about the use of ambulance in the province's hospitals that required P800 as payment for the vehicle and P300 as honorarium of the driver.

Jardin said his observation was not included in the minutes of the session. The PB has been implementing "paperless" sessions with its members using laptops.

Aguilar said he already called the attention of the PB's stenographer.

"In fact, we have an item in the agenda that says: 'Reading and consideration of previous minutes' for the body to move for any corrections of the minutes before its adoption," Aguilar said.

Jardin said "paperless session" is okay as long as all that were discussed would be included.

"The problem is what they have written is only the summary and those that were said are not reflected. It should not be omitted since it is in the law to put all in the journal," he said.

However, Jardin said he considered the secretariat's explanation and is optimistic that his concerned will be included in the minutes. (ALR)