Philippines police to strictly implement Oro’s CCTV law

The implementation of the law requiring high-risk establishments to install closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) in the premises will strictly be implemented in Cagayan de Oro City. Following July 26 bomb blast, the City Council committee on police, fire and public safety chaired by Councilor Ramon G. Tabor during its meeting adopted a resolution requesting City Police Director PS/Supt. Graciano Mijares to immediately conduct inspections in establishments and submit a report of those not complying with Ordinance No. 11075-2008.The ordinance requires the installation of CCTVs or video surveillance systems in the premises of private establishments and public places. It provides the specifications of the cameras to be installed. Banks, department stores, shopping malls, secondary schools, colleges and universities, gasoline stations, pawnshops, lending institutions, convenience stores and all similar establishments that are open for more than 12 hours a day are covered under the ordinance.

Section 1 of the ordinance provides that the video surveillance system shall have, at a minimum, separate cameras dedicated to each register/check–out stand, entrance/exit, and parking lot or area designated for customer and/or employee parking use. The placement of cameras included in the video surveillance systems required under the ordinance shall be approved by the police department. The City Police Director or his/her designee is required to conduct an assessment of each site required to install a video surveillance system prior to installation, and upon approval will issue an approval notice which will be placed in plain view inside the premises.

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