22 public schools to get CCTV cameras

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


A TOTAL of 22 public schools in Iloilo City will receive this week a donation package consisting of 44 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and data video recording (DVR) from the Chua family.

Councilor Nielex Tupas said the donation was coursed through his office to pursue the ICT-CCTV project he is endorsing for the schools. The Division of City Schools selected the first 22 batch of beneficiary schools.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be inked between the City Division of Schools, the school recipients, and the City Government for the awarding and turnover of the CCTV units. The school division has 65 elementary and high schools.

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Tupas said he will be looking for other donors to complete the CCTV system in all schools in the city.

He said the public schools are not included in the list of mandatory facilities to be installed with CCTV cameras for security purposes under a regulation ordinance.

Only those high risk businesses such as banks, money changers, pawn shops, jewelry stores, money carriers, private schools, transport terminals and gasoline stations are covered in the ordinance.

Engr. Dyjee Gallega of the National Telecommunication commission (NTC) said the CCTV cameras are used mainly as surveillance system and crime deterrent, protection of the school properties, promote safe and caring environment, monitoring and curbing of truancy and monitoring of pupil’s punctuality, record and surveillance of school property against vandalism, among others.

Tupas said the initial batch of recipient schools are the seven district schools, 13 secondary schools and the city’s Iloilo City Community College (ICCC) and Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC).

Each school will receive two CCTV cameras that will be installed at the entrance and exit area, and at the point of customer transaction that includes the administrative office or the principal’s office.

The recipient district elementary schools are the Baluarte Elementary School in the district of Molo, Jaro I Elementary School in Jaro, Arevalo Elementary School in Arevalo, Mandurriao Elementary School in Mandurriao district, La Paz Elementary School in La Paz, Iloilo Central Elementary School in the city proper, and A. Montes I Elementary School in City District 1.

The national high school recipients include those of Jalandoni Memorial, Melchor L. Nava, Bo. Obrero, La Paz, Iloilo City, Ramon Avanceña, Jaro, Mandurriao, TC-TAR Foundation and Integrated School, Fort San Pedro, Buntatala, Sped-ISEC, and RG Hechanova.

ICCC and TIIC are also recipients for being the only city-owned schools offering collegiate and vocational technical courses.

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