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Councilor eyes CCTV installation in Manila schools

- Sandy Araneta () - February 10, 2011 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -  A Manila councilor has recently proposed an ordinance to make mandatory the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras in all schools and universities in the city as a security measure in these establishments.

Manila fourth district Councilor Don Juan “DJ” Bagatsing proposed to make the installation of CCTVs as a mandatory requirement for Manila schools and universities, due to the recent wave of crime and violence happening in Metro Manila.

“CCTVs should be a must not just in commercial establishments, but also in strategic public places where people gather like the university,” Bagatsing said.

“CCTVs are deterrent to crimes. With sufficient line of communication between the police and the schools, our anti-criminality efforts will surely improve,” he added.

The draft ordinance was now taken up for the first reading by the Manila City Council yesterday afternoon.

In the two-page draft ordinance filed, Bagatsing said all universities, colleges and other educational institutions in Manila, with at least three thousand enrollees, must install security camera systems or CCTV within the campus perimeter.

Even though the CCTVs do not directly stop crime, Bagatsing said that the surveillance cameras will help authorities identify and go after criminals and lawless elements.

A MANILA BAGATSING CCTVS COUNCILOR DON JUAN MANILA MANILA CITY COUNCIL METRO MANILA ORDINANCE SCHOOLS
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