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Manila City council to go digitalized – VM Yul Servo

Yul Servo
Vice Mayor and Council Presiding Officer Yul Servo explains plans to digitalize all records of the Manila City Council. (JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA Vice Mayor and City Council Presiding Officer Yul Servo announced plans to digitalize all the records of the Manila City Council so that searching for ordinances and resolutions will already be much easier for the public and can already be done even just with the use of cellphones.

Servo, in an exclusive interview with the Manila City Hall Reporters’ Association (MACHRA), said that the records that will be covered by the digitalization plans date back to as far as 1908.

“Nakakatuwa at malaking tulong sa mga kabataan o sinuman na ang records natin ay maisasalin sa digital format. Sa tulong ng internet, isang pindot mo lang o i-type mo lang ang author nung ordinance, lalabas na agad ito sa kung anumang search engine ang ginagamit mo, tulad ng Google halimbawa,” the vice mayor said.

Servo said he has set a one-year time frame to finish the said project, saying the council has to be in keeping with the times and the ever-evolving technology.

“Yung iba kasing mga city ordinances ay hindi mo makikita kahit sa Google,” he said.

According to Servo, it is important that the residents of Manila, specially the students, are able to have access to the existing local laws that govern the city.

With the said digitalization, Servo said entering a mere key word of what topic is looking for will already lead to the corresponding records at the city council.

Servo, who has also served as third district Congressman, said he would like the Manila City Council to have the same kind of system as that which is being implemented in Congress, where the public have easy access to records.

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