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ORDINANCE | No new permits in Quezon City unless businesses install CCTV cameras

InterAksyon.com
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Starting January next year, Quezon City will no longer renew business permits of commercial establishments unless they install closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems.

The new requirement is based on a new ordinance approved by city mayor Herbert Bautista, Radyo Singko reported Wednesday.

"Ito ay isang ordinansa na na-aprubahan ng ating alkalde noong Abril pa po ito ngunit ang full implementation po nito ay pagka-renew po nila ng kanilang mga mayor’s permit itong darating na Enero kaya kailangan ngayon pa lang ay magkabit na po sila dahil hindi ho namin ire-renew iyong kanilang mga business permit hanggang wala ho silang nakakabit na CCTV," Quezon City administrator Victor Endriga told Radyo Singko.

[This is an ordinance that had been approved by the mayor last April but its full implementation will be this coming January, when they will renew their mayor's permit. That is why they need to install CCTVs because their business permits would not be renewed unless they have these.]

Under the ordinance, banks, malls, gasoline stations, supermarkets, pawnshops, money changers, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, quick service restaurants, and car dealers are all mandated by the ordinance to have CCTVs installed in their establishments.

These cameras will help high-risk business establishments to prevent and aid authorities in solving crimes, Endriga said.

"Eh alam niyo naman ang bagong teknolohiya kung papaano natin mahuhuli iyong ika nga mga gumagawa ng mga kalokohan sa ating lipunan lalo na iyong mga pagnanakaw," he said.

[This new technology can (help) arrest lawbreakers especially robbers, he said.]

"Preventive ho iyan eh kasi iyong mga magnanakaw kapag nakakakita ng CCTV eh umiiwas dahil alam nila on cam sila," he added.

[It is a preventive (measure) because robbers avoid establishments with CCTVs because they know that they are on camera.]

Endriga also reminded business owners to install CCTV cameras with at least 640x480 pixel resolution recording level.

There are about 65,000 business establishments in Quezon City according to Endriga.