Baguio business sector soon to be required to install CCTV cameras

BAGUIO CITY –- Baguio City Councilor Edgar Avila proposed an ordinance requiring all business establishments in the city to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and recorders for security purposes.

Avila on Friday, September 9 said that since it is the policy of any local government unit (LGU) to protect the general welfare of its constituents, it is appropriate for all sectors to install additional security measures beginning with the business sector.

Under the proposed ordinance, all business establishments employing more than 10 employees or whose work premises exceeds 30 square meters will be mandated to install and maintain in good working condition surveillance equipment to be operated on a 24-hour, 7-day basis.

The proposed ordinance further states that the video recordings from the CCTV system shall be preserved for a period of 15 days from the date of recording.

Avila said the installation may be included as a mandatory requirement for the issuance of Business Permits.

For this purpose, the city government shall accredit CCTV system suppliers and installers to assure quality and efficiency in the operation of such systems to achieve its prescribed purpose.

CCTV cameras will not be installed in restrooms, toilets, shower rooms, bathrooms and changing or fitting rooms, Avila added.

He explained that the ordinance will require all business establishments to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all video recordings obtained through the CCTV camera.

These recordings will only be disclosed to the proper authorities upon the “order of a court of competent jurisdiction in connection with and limited to a criminal investigation or prosecution of an offense, punishable by law or regulation, provided that, the request is made by the local police director or the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The proposed ordinance was approved on first reading. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/