Councilor wants businesses to contract security agencies with local permits

DAVAO City Councilor Maria Belen Acosta is pushing to pass a resolution urging the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCII) to encourage its members to only conduct business with private security agencies who have secured their required business permit in Davao City.

Acosta said she received a letter from the Regional Security Association (Resa) Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators 11-chapter Inc., asking assistance to regulate all branches of private security agencies operating within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City.

In a press conference on January 30, Acosta said that Resa has followed up their pending item since many security companies do not have business permit and do not follow rules of the Department of Labor and Employment.

She added these companies tend to lessen the amount of the contract just to get their clients, resulting in underpaid security personnel who were not trained well.

"They have many violations but their businesses thrive, Resa asked us if they can compel these operating security agencies to be their member but we cannot do that because in the Constitution, you have the right to be a member or not of a private organization," she said.

She added that in their committee hearing, they recommended to pass the resolution.

"These security agencies cannot make a reason or alibi that they do not have office in Davao City because kahit wala kang office or physical branch in Davao City but you are conducting business in Davao City you should have a business permit," she said.

She added that aside from the resolution, the committee will also pass a resolution urging the Philippine National Police-Regional Civil Security Unit-Davao to remind all non-region based private security agencies operating in Davao City to secure their business permit prior to operating business.
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