Ilocos Norte eyes upgrade of CCTV units

LAOAG CITY — In keeping up with advance technology, the newly reorganized Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC) is eyeing an upgrade of various Close Circuit Televsion Camera (CCTV) installed in strategic locations of the province.

Installed in 2012, Wilfredo Lorenzo Jr., officer in-charge of the Information Technology department of the provincial government, said it is high time that the old units be rehabilitated or replaced by a better one.

Earlier, there had been reports from the different cities and municipalities here that the old CCTV units are no longer functioning well.

Lorenzo said they are still waiting for a unit demonstration of various suppliers from Metro Manila while the PDRRMRC is currently assessing the priority areas which shall be installed with CCTV units and how much it would cost per unit.

Long before the demand for CCTV system got the media hype, the city government of Laoag had been successful in imposing its own “no CCTV, no permit” policy since 2009.

Through an ordinance, the Laoag City government required all banks, pawnshops, money changers, financial companies and large commercial establishments to install CCTV camera systems in their workplace before they could secure their business permits.

Since then, crime rate prevention and solution improved from 89 percent before the installation of CCTV systems to 95.16 percent after its implementation.

The Philippine National Police also recognized that the presence of functional CCTV is deterrent to robberies, thefts and other related crimes.