DILG wants LGUs to prescribe CCTV as part of business permit requirements

DILG wants LGUs to prescribe CCTV as part of business permit requirements

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — Local government units throughout the country are now being enjoined by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to enact ordinances prescribing the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems as a requirement for the issuance of business permits to establishments catering to a large number of customers and more importantly to those which are risk or hazard-prone.

In an official statement, interior and local government secretary Eduardo Año, who also acts as concurrent chairperson of the National Peace and Order Council (NPOC), reminded LGUs that as people return to their pre-pandemic ways, public safety must be their priority and “CCTVs are applicable technologies that should be utilized to keep criminal activities and their perpetrators at bay.”

“Ngayon ang tamang panahon para i-require ang mga negosyo na mag-install ng CCTV. People are going out of their homes and in various establishments nowadays due to lower COVID-19 cases and a CCTV system is a powerful tool that can aid LGUs in ensuring public safety, deterring crimes, and identifying and apprehending culprits,” Año pointed out.

“Kailangang pangunahan ito ng LGU partikular ng kanilang Sanggunian sapagkat malaki ang ambag nito [CCTVs] sa laban natin kontra kriminalidad,” he added.

Through DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2022-060, Año explained the significance of business establishments having CCTVs for their protection and security and the public’s as well. These establishments include financial establishments such as banks, pawnshops, money lenders, and money remittance services and the likes; business establishments with several branches and chains; shopping malls, shopping centers, supermarkets, wet markets; and, medical facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and laboratories.

Places of entertainment such as theaters, movie houses, perya, internet cafes, arcades and other areas that draw a considerable number of customers; airports, public transportation terminals, parking lots and other similar establishments that cater to a large number of vehicles; car dealerships, gasoline stations, vehicle maintenance/service stations; and other similar business establishments are likewise deemed necessary to have CCTV cameras.

“Malaki po ang maitutulong ng business establishments sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan sa kanilang mga komunidad sa pamamagitan nang pag-prioritize sa installation ng CCTVs sa kanilang mga negosyo. We must work in synergy towards a more peaceful community,” the secretary stressed. (ai/mtvn)

Leave a Reply