CCTVs for public schools pushed

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Monday, February 17, 2014


BACOLOD City Councilor El Cid Familiaran has proposed the installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all public elementary and high schools in the city.

Familiaran said the installation of CCTV cameras in the schools would be an effective tool to curb the occurrence of crimes.

The employment of CCTV cameras by any entity purposely to record factual evidence of crime has been proven to be an effective instrument to deter any act of lawlessness, he said.

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Familiaran said the CCTV cameras that will be installed in the public schools should meet the minimum technical standards and should be operated in coordination with the City Mayor’s Office and the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).

He said the head of school or its personnel will be prohibited from viewing or using any saved or archived recorded data through camera or video recordings.

Except for the complainant, unauthorized disclosure of the identity of any person in the video is prohibited, without the order of the proper Court, he added.

Familiaran said that the City Council previously passed City Ordinance No. 595 or the “Bacolod City Eye in the Sky Comprehensive Closed Circuit Television Ordinance.”

They have also passed C.O. No. 600 or “An Ordinance Requiring all Banks and other Financial Institutions, as well as Certain Business Establishments within the City of Bacolod to install CCTV within their premises.” (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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