Paperless QC council
LAUDABLE was the cohesive move of the Quezon City council when it decided to go paperless in its determined bid to cut back huge expenses on paper and ink in its offices, sessions and in crafting ordinances and resolutions.
Though such practice could have already been adopted by the Manila and Makati councils, it’s not yet too late to follow suit since after all it’s meant to save much from the taxpayers’ hard-earned money and of course for a more efficient legislation.
The youthful Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, the council’s presiding officer, says that by going paperless the QC council can ably reduce the volume of paper stacked in various offices at the Sanggunian.
She says that the 18th City Council has passed a resolution to support a minimal use of paper in every session and adopt an effort to employ the benefits of technology for a more effective and efficient legislation.
“From now on, the city councilors will use their own laptop computers every session,” says the daughter of ex-mayor and now House Speaker Sonny Belmonte as she reveals that it’s the city government that acquired the units to sustain its initiative to reduce the high demand of paper.
Unexpected loss of documents could now be avoided and that the weekly printing of large stacks of paper can now be minimized.
“As more people are now relying on the benefits and efficiency of the web, the Quezon City Council will continue to strive to its vision to reinvent in how they do their business in providing high standards of service for its constituents,” she says.
Citizen’s Charter Cognizant of the importance to further improve the delivery of basic services to its constituents, the administration of Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco revised and re-launched its own Citizen’s Charter.
Ex-mayor and now Rep. Toby Tiangco should be credited when he initiated the establishment of the Charter in 2009 in support to R.A. 9845 or the anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.
Just the same, his younger brother, Mayor John Rey, revisits it and decides to revise it as “it is human nature to continuously improve itself.”
With the revised charter, securing a business permit or minimally-regulated businesses now takes 30 minutes only compared to approximately three days, one hour and five minutes process before, says Mayor John Rey.
MAYOR RECOM’S BIRTHDAY TREATS
Instead of holding lavish celebration for his birthday come November 18, Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri offers his Big Day for another mega jobs fair and feeding program stands to benefit thousands of children all over the city.
“I feel my birthday will be more meaningful and memorable if I focus on offering employment through mega jobs fair and a feeding program which will benefits thousands of children in Caloocan instead of a lavish celebration,” Echiverri tells this writer in a text
He however was quick to say that it has been his practice to carry out such projects for years as a birthday gift to the residents.
Happy Birthday, Mayor Recom, may your tribe multiply.