Roxas: CCTVs vital to deter crimes

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are vital in preventing crimes and other terror attacks.

But Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte maintained his stance that the local policy being crafted here might violate an individual's right to privacy.

"Yung paglalagay ng CCTV sa kapaligiran ng isang syudad ay malaking tulong sa anti-criminality drive at sa pag aaresto at pag coconvict ng mga masasamang loob na ito," Roxas said on Sunday.


Roxas said he is throwing support to a massive installation of CCTVs. In fact, he said that the DILG is crafting a department order on installation of CCTVs.

"Siguro sa darating na mga araw ay ilalabas natin. Iinaatasan natin na mga syudad na magkaroon ng malawakang programa or pagpapasa ng mga ordinansa sa pagpapalagay ng CCTV," he said.

He said national food chains, financial institutions, banks, among others will be covered by the order.

Duterte said legal practitioners are studying the legality of the proposed order to avoid violation of any rights.

"Itong CCTV ay hindi lang ang view ng nasa loob ng tindahan o opisina pero hanggang sa labas ng opisina," he said.

On the other hand, Duterte reiterated that forcing a business establishment owner to install CCTVs in offices that do not deal with the public is a violation of the right to privacy.

"They should modify something there," Duterte said, referring to the 17th City Council.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao Jr., who was also present during the press briefing, echoed the same.

"It will be advantageous for the law enforcement agencies. Kahit wala yung ordinance na yan, talagng maglalagay ang mga establishment kagaya ng mga malls," Danao said.

"Mas maganda kung mag vovolunteer na lang sila sa CCTV na yan," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 01, 2014.

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