Duterte: City businesses need more guards, CCTVs

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said hiring more security personnel and installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras deter crimes better.

"Kining CCTV almost yield to nothing bisag sa mall na dako. This is no longer crime prevention. Mura na siya'g crime review kay kuhaon ra man sa CCTV unsay nahitabo didto (CCTV yields almost nothing even in big malls. This is no longer crime prevention. It's like crime review since the CCTV can only show what already happened)," Duterte said during Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa on Sunday.

Duterte suggested that it would be better to install CCTV cameras and deploy security guards inside and outside the establishment.

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"Ang nindot dapat naay mag bantay. Pag naay musyagit, maadtoan dayon. Ang angay ani naa gyud security guard. Naay sa gawas, naa pud sa sulod. You can immediately arrest the suspect. Isa pa, somebody must be looking sa monitor didto (It'd be better if someone was keeping watch. If someone screams, they'd respond quickly. It's best to have security guards both inside and outside. You can immediately arrest the suspect. Additionally, somebody should be looking at the monitors,)" he said.

This was also the comment of Councilor Victorio Advincula Jr., chair for committee on social services, during an interview in June this year.

He said security guards should be combined with CCTVs since the two services are important as they complement each other.

"We should not confuse ourselves in choosing between the two. Security guards provide immediate assistance, while CCTV cameras can be reviewed after the crime," he said.

"You cannot review the mind of a security guard," he said.

The 17th City Council is amending the existing CCTV ordinance by adding a penalty of revocation and requiring higher resolution to CCTV cameras.

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.

However, the proposed amendments did not mention about the security personnel. (ANC)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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