THE Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) mulled purchasing 100 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to enhance its traffic and intelligence monitoring system in the city.

Jennifer Jay Ellano, PSSCC technical support group chief, said the technical team of the PSSCC found out the importance of CCTV cameras along Lasang road to Panacan where there are plenty of "blind spots".

Ellano, however, said they have yet to discuss the allocation for the additional CCTV cameras.

"No concrete plans yet. Nasa technical team na level pa angplano," she said during the I-Speak Forum on Thursday.

She said Davao City has a total of 128 CCTV cameras installed for the intelligence operating center (IOC) and 17 CCTV cameras for the traffic operating center (TOC).

"These cameras are positioned in various strategic points in the city," she said.

She said the CCTV cameras are installed on city roads, checkpoints, seaports, airports, bus terminals, public parks, and other public facilities and structures.

These CCTVs have 35x zoom capabilities (can reach up to 1.2 kilometers far) which provide clear visuals even in low-light conditions.

There are two types of cameras purchased -- the PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) cam which can monitor around its 360 degrees, and the bullet CCTV or the steady cam.

She said the existing PTZ cameras cost P200,000 each while the bullet type costs P100,000 a piece.

Meanwhile, Ellano also said a total of 10 CCTVs no longer function, three of which are for TOC.

These cameras are weather-sensitive, she said.

"These were damaged during the heavy rainfall in the city," she said, adding that the malfunctioning cameras are currently being fixed. (ANC)