Solons want CCTV installation a mandatory requirement for establishments

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To help solve crimes, lawmakers proposed that the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras be made a mandatory requirement for business establishments and government offices all over the country.

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The proposal embodied in House Bill 2449 or the proposed “CCTV Act of 2013” was filed by siblings Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Rep. Maximo Rodriguez (Party-list, Abante Mindanao).

According to the solons, the installation of CCTV cameras will help prevent and solve crimes.

The solon-lawyer said one way to lower the high crime data is to install CCTV cameras in establishments. He cited crime data gathered by the Philippine National Police (PNP) showing that from January to November 2011, the PNP recorded 230,817 crime incidents.

“While the number is lower compared to previous years like in 2009 when 333,416 crime incidents were reported, the figure is still very high. One way to lower this high crime rate is to provide deterrents, which would make criminals think twice and reconsider. One very effective form of deterrent is the installation of CCTV cameras,” said the elder Rodriguez.

The proposal mandates all business establishments employing more than 20 employees or workers and with work premises of not less than 50 meters in the country shall install and maintain, in good working condition, high quality surveillance or CCTV cameras in all their entrances and exits within the premises of their work area, the perimeter of their work areas or establishments, and other areas of their business to protect their patrons and deter crime. Moreover, the CCTV cameras should be able to clearly show the faces of the persons recorded.

The bill also prohibits the installation of CCTV cameras in any restroom, toilet, shower, bathroom or changing room, and other similar areas.

The owner or manager of commercial establishments shall maintain the privacy and confidentiality of the recorded video feeds which can be used when required in law enforcement. PNA

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