Schools, stores and bars required to install CCTV cameras
Five more establishments are required to install CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras in their premises.
This, after the Iloilo City Council approved on second and final reading the amendment to Regulation Ordinance No. 2011-307 otherwise known as an “ordinance requiring all business and commercial complexes and establishments and other places and spaces considered as high risk to install video surveillance cameras or CCTV and providing penalties for violations thereof.”
These are fuel, petrol or gas stations; transport terminals, convenience stores operating 24 hours, private schools, stores selling liquor including but not limited to disco houses and bars, and places and spaces where critical assets or properties of the city government are situated.
The ordinance also covers banks including their satellite offices, branches and automated teller machines (ATMs), money changers, pawnshops, credit facilities, financial institutions, hotels, malls and supermarkets.
“The amended ordinance also states that the Iloilo City CCTV Camera Council can recommend additional high-risk establishments but it is the City Council that can add such through an amendment,” said its proponent, Councilor Nielex Tupas.
These establishments are said to have higher susceptibility to accidents or crimes.
The ordinance also states that these establishments have to comply upon their application or renewal of their business permit.
“I thank the support of the mayor, the stakeholders, especially my fellow councilors for passing the amendments. We are working hard to deter crime and for faster resolution of cases against property or person. Let us continue to work together,” Tupas said.*