THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will set up 48 additional closed circuit televisions (CCTV) in its head office to monitor the activities of all of its personnel while they are on duty.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the project, similar to the reality show Pinoy Big Brother (PBB), will subject all personnel to a round-the-clock monitoring during office hours.
The public visiting MMDA’s office on Orense St., Makati City can view the activities of the employees through a widescreen television that will be installed in the lobby.
Tolentino said the widescreen television displays real-time feeds from all CCTVs in the premises.
The project dubbed as “Transparency Governance Wall” is part of the MMDA’s effort to promote transparency and ensure security in the agency.
“The Transparency Governance Wall is a set of 48 CCTVs installed in the MMDA main building, operational 24/7 which will monitor the daily activities of our Offices. It will also strengthen the security in the building,” said Tolentino.
The CCTVs will cover the agency’s Traffic Engineering Center, Traffic Adjudication Division, Traffic Discipline Office, and the Office of the Chairman.
“Our main objective is transparent governance and accountability. We want the general public to know that all our officials and personnel are performing their duties in an open manner,” said Tolentino.
He added that the Transparency Governance Wall is also part of the agency’s anti-corruption efforts and to ensure effective delivery of public service.
After the launch, MMDA personnel will be prohibited to check the videos being projected in the widescreen.
“Para tayong nasa PBB nito (We are like in the PBB),” an employee quipped.
PBB is a famous reality show wherein participants are living in a big house for the entire season allowing the public to watch all their activities as cameras re installed in different parts of the house.
Ritchie A. Horario