Senate eyes reducing paper consumption

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2019 05:35 PM

MANILA - The Senate leadership will study a proposal to cut the chamber’s paper consumption.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, an environmental advocate, said a huge pile of papers containing the Senate’s reference of business, agenda for the day, and journal is produced by the Senate secretariat for each senator weekly.

Cayetano suggested that copies of some Senate documents be distributed as soft copies to reduce the chamber’s paper consumption.

She said the Senate should also develop a mobile application where senators and their staff could collaborate and annotate legislative documents.

“It’s a personal choice… if there ’s something you can forgo,” Cayetano said in her manifestation at the session hall. “We need to lead by example, that’s why I brought this up.”

Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said the secretariat should also study the possibility of going “paperless”, noting that the House of Representatives is planning to use tablets to reduce its paper consumption.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said there were similar attempts to go paperless in the Senate, but it was opposed by those who preferred to read physical copies of documents.