Bill seeks mandatory CCTV in public, private establishments

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker recently filed a bill seeking to require government offices, schools and other business establishments to install and maintain reliable closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to deter potential offenders from committing crimes.

ACT-CIS Party-list Representative Samuel Pagdilao said House Bill 3835 seeks to utilize CCTVs for solving crimes, as the device could help records the events that could have happened and in the process identity of the offenders.

"A potential criminal who becomes aware of the presence of CCTV cameras may prevent or deter such person from committing a criminal act," Pagdilao said.


Covered by the bill are banks, department stores, shopping malls, colleges and universities, gasoline stations, pawnshops, lending institutions, convenience stores.

Pagdilao said the bill also mandates local government unit (LGUs) to install CCTV cameras in government buildings, public markets, terminals, plazas, parks and main thoroughfares.

The former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that CCTV cameras should be maintained in proper working condition during office hours or even 24-hours under the discretion of the management or officials.

Under the bill, the business establishments and LGUs shall retain the recorded digital images for 30 days for review and reference purposes and shall be preserved for one year.

The use of video recording as evidence in any civil or criminal case shall be allowed upon written order of a court.

It is stated in the bill that business establishments with P 50,000 to P500,000 capitalization are required to put up one digital video recorder, four CCTV cameras and one Infra Red camera with 50-meters range in their premises.”

Meanwhile, those with P500,000 to P1 million capitalization are mandated to install one digital video recorder, eight CCTV cameras and infrared camera with 50 meters range to monitor outer perimeters.

The former police general added those with capitalization higher than P1-million are required by the measure to install one digital video recorder, 16 CCTV cameras, and infrared camera with 100-meter range.

Violators face a fine of P10,000 and suspension of its business permit while local officials shall be considered as nonfeasance and shall be subject to the proper penalties as provided for by law. (Sunnex)

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