THE Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) already started the installation of 73 high-definition closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in various areas in the city.
Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas, cluster head of DRRMO, said Thursday, October 1, the City Government purchased 73 high-definition cameras with nine television monitors amounting to P21 million.
The CCTV’s supplier, based in Singapore, already installed some of the CCTVs along 6th Street, Alijis-Taculing or Bacolod Memorial Park, Alijis Road, Araneta Avenue, Circumferential Road, Golden Field Araneta Avenue, Gonzaga Street, Hilado Street, Luzuriaga Street, Mabini Street, Magsaysay Avenue, entrance and exit of Bacolod Government Center, Paglaum-Burgos Streets, Rizal Street, among others.
Vargas said the supplier has started the installation of CCTVs last month, but it was only interrupted when the city was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine.
He said the big screens were installed in the command center at the old City Hall building that will be managed by the DRRMO Information and Technology team.
Due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, he said only two personnel were assigned to monitor the CCTV screens.
Vargas said the CCTVs are a big help in monitoring traffic accidents, floods and crime incidents.
"It's a high-definition camera, so it could capture clear plate numbers of vehicles or identities of perpetrators in accidents or crime incidents," Vargas said.
In May, the City Government also installed a total of 39 CCTVs in various intersections in Bacolod.