THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution requesting the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) cluster head Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas to update in writing on the status and condition of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system installed in the city’s streets.
The resolution was authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., chairperson of the City Council committee on history, culture and arts.
Gamboa said in the initial stages of the CCTV projects, there were 15 CCTV cameras installed in various streets of Bacolod City during the administration from 2013 to 2016.
He said in May of 2018, Bacolod City acquired 39 high definition cameras and four 59-inch LED monitors.
“In October of 2019 the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved to purchase additional 73 cameras upon recommendation of the City Development Council and was recently installed,” he added.
Gamboa said there is a need to know the conditions and status of these CCTVs as these devices will help ensure the safety and resolution of various crimes committed on city streets.
Vargas earlier said the City Government purchased 73 high-definition cameras with nine television monitors amounting to P21 million.
The CCTV’s supplier, based in Singapore, 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 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.