Editorial: A nod to the CCTV ordinance

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Thursday, June 19, 2014


CLOSED-CIRCUIT television (CCTV) cameras are vital in two ways—to deter crimes and to review what really transpired at the crime scene.

The 16th City Council passed Ordinance 0407-12, famously known as the CCTV ordinance on December 4, 2012.

It was among the seven landmark legislations out of the 221 approved ordinances in 2012.

Councilor Victorio Advincula Jr. authored the ordinance which requires all establishments, whether commercial, industrial or financial institutions, with capitalization of not less than P3,000,000, including, but not limited to, banks, pawnshops, restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, inns, educational institutions, hospital and medical institutions, gaming cockpits (Sabungan), private transport terminals on land, air and sea operating, within the City of Davao to install, operate, and maintain closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in public/common/areas.

Because of that, one of the requirements needed for renewal and application of business permits is the CCTV—one that really functions, not a dummy.

Numerous crimes were solved because of the CCTV.

Several perpetrators were caught because of the CCTV.

Needless to say, CCTVs are of a big help.

Now, the 17th City Council intends to amend the existing ordinance—imposing stiffer penalties on those who fail to install one.

Aside from the P5,000 fine, the Council wanted to slap revocation to those who take the ordinance for granted.

Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV clarified that business establishments are only required to set up CCTV cameras in lobbies, parking spaces, entrances and exit gates, pools, corridors and the like.

He said rooms, bathrooms, toilets, internal offices and working areas are categorized as private areas. Hence, CCTV cameras may not be set up in these places.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc., (DCCCII) president Antonio Dela Cruz urged the business establishments in the city to adhere to the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Ordinance because this will help the authorities' investigation process in solving crimes.

CCTV cameras are very important, and although it is a little expensive, it is extremely helpful. It is an investment in security.

Hiring security guards is not enough to provide security.

Remember, one of the suspects during the robbery that transpired in the Central Convenience Store along Quimpo Boulevard was the store’s own security guard.

Proof? In the CCTV footage.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 20, 2014.

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