By Hader Glang
On installing surveillance security cameras
Hence protecting our city has become increasingly important and installing surveillance cameras in strategic areas and places of the city that are frequently visited by people like parks, commercial centers, government offices, schools, and places of worship can ensure that our city is secure and safe.
I really agree with 1st District Councilor Jimmy Cabato when he said during the launching of “Kapihan de Zamboanga” that surveillance security camera system is one of the proper solutions to solve the problem of criminalities in the city of Zamboanga.
But the only problem is that the mayor is not in favor of the idea of putting up the said equipment within the city proper. So this is where I call on our leaders to have this thing subjected to public hearings whether the people will go for this or not. If the people go for it then by all means, the city government should allocate funds for that purpose.
It’s true that the setting up of surveillance security camera may cost millions of pesos, but then if the city government can appropriate P12 million simply for intelligence funds I don’t see any reason why the city government can not appropriate the same or even double the amount for the installation of the equipment.
I am really convinced that having surveillance security cameras at the city proper, especially in the major streets, commercial centers and other strategic areas downtown, is a smart move to keep the people safe. If we have surveillance cameras, where it can detect or record any motion and send the alert to police, our city is doubly secure.
As a highly urbanized city, such equipment is very necessary. That’s why, Iligan City, Davao City, Makati City and other key cities in the country have put up their surveillance security camera system. So why can’t we install this equipment in our city that would protect the people and their communities from threats of lawlessness and terrorism?
You see, according to the National Police Commission (NaPolCom), the ratio of a policeman to the population is 1 for every 500. In Zamboanga City, 1 is to 1,000. So this is where the idea of putting up surveillance security camera will come in to help authorities in catching the criminals if anything were to happen.
Right now, we have the traffic aides. They are well paid, they are paid the regular monthly minimum wage and they are given Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) benefits. So one thing also good is the idea to convert the traffic aides into special policemen to augment the forces of the City Police. According to Councilor Cabato, he has seen this system worked in Basilan in the early 1970s, during the time of then Mayor Leroy S. Brown.
The police was beefed by special police. Then the regular policemen were funded by the national government, and the local government funded the special police who were then given the authority to double their work after proper training. I believe these ideas should be supported by the city councilors rather than killing them down.
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