Benguet town eyes sur­veil­lance cen­ter

Sun.Star Baguio - - Topstories - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

MAX­I­MIZ­ING the use of tech­nol­ogy, Benguet’s cap­i­tal town is plan­ning to start the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sur­veil­lance cen­ter.

This en­tails the plan of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of La Trinidad to start an ini­tial of 36 Closed Cir­cuit Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras to be in­stalled at the cen­ter of the town, trad­ing post, pub­lic mar­ket and ar­eas around mu­nic­i­pal build­ing.

With close to 10 CCTVs al­ready in­stalled, Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment of­fi­cer Yoshio Labi cited the use of CCTVs as a strat­egy in ad­dress­ing proper waste seg­re­ga­tion, peace and or­der and dis­as­ter in one sur­veil­lance sys­tem.

Per­son­nel who will man the sur­veil­lance sys­tem will be an ac­cred­ited dis­as­ter vol­un­teer, one from the po­lice and fire depart­ment who will work on shifts.

The op­er­a­tion cen­ter will then be con­nected to all other ser­vices in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity such as emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vice, peace and or­der, mu­nic­i­pal dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion of­fice and po­lice.

CCTVs are also eyed to be equipped with speak­ers to warn at­tempt of con­duct­ing crimes and vi­o­lat­ing mu­nic­i­pal laws. Lo­cal of­fi­cials are

op­ti­mistic for the op­er­a­tion and in­stal­la­tion of the CCTVs in a bid to de­ter crimes in the Val­ley and ad­dress early warn­ing sys­tems among oth­ers.

Coun­cilor Rod­er­ick Awingan added the goal to jump­start in­cor­po­rat­ing the use of tech­nolo­gies for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is to help main­tain the town’s peace and or­der ef­fort and strengthen the neigh­bor­hood watch pro­gram as he also en­cour­aged stake­from hold­ers to do their part.

This year, a to­tal of P700,000 was al­lo­cated for the in­stal­la­tion of CCTVs.

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said an ad­di­tional fund­ing of P700,000 will be in­fused for the pro­ject.

Al­though some vil­lages have its own early warn­ing sys­tem in­stalled, the 16 barangays are also urged to in­stall op­er­a­tional cen­ter and have its own CCTV cam­eras.

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