Council wants CCTV ordinance strengthened

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


DUE to a robbery incident in Sunscor Grocerama in Toril last week, the 17th City Council pushed for amending the existing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Ordinance of 2012.

Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV said the proposed amendment has been supported by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who also expressed alarm over the incident.

The existing ordinance requires all establishments in Davao with a minimum capitalization of P3 million and above, including banks, pawnshops, restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and inns, educational institutions, hospitals and medical institutions, gaming cockpits and private transportations terminal operating land, air, and sea to install CCTV cameras.

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The ordinance is aimed at protection and public safety.

Monteverde, however, said some of the business establishments have taken the policy for granted, thus, there is a need to add more teeth.

The maximum penalty for violating the existing ordinance is a fine of P5,000.

With the proposed CCTV ordinance, the Business Bureau is mandated to revoke business permits of establishments that fail to comply.

According to the ordinance, CCTV cameras shall be installed, operated and maintained in public and common areas of the business establishments.

The ordinance will be a requirement in applying and renewing business permits.

Duterte earlier said that CCTV cameras help authorities expedite the investigation to crimes committed indoors.

Meanwhile, the jail warden of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Davao City asked the City Council on Tuesday to donate CCTV cameras for security purposes.

“We will be glad if we would be given or become one of the recipients since in Davao City Jail our primary concern is to safeguard our custody. It is a must of us then to have security gadgets and respond to the demands of the present time,” Superintendent Simeon Soledad Dolojo, Davao City Jail warden, said during his courtesy call to the City Council Tuesday.

Responding to Dolojo’s request, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte told Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV to provide the City Jail with CCTV cameras.

Monteverde, on the other hand, advised him to send a letter of request to Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Sr., chair for the committee on public safety, to allocate budget for the CCTVs.

Dolojo also raised his concern about the city’s building project for inmates. The structure in question is only 90 percent complete.

“That project was not yet awarded to us and there was no acceptance,” he said.

He asked the City Council if it is possible to expedite its completion.

“So we could use that facility for our congestion problem,” he explained.

Dolojo said the Davao City Jail houses a total of 1,712 inmates. (ANC)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 28, 2014.

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