BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Most of the 39 closed circuit television cameras in strategic locations in Bacolod are still functional, city executive assistant Joemarie Vargas said yesterday.
Vargas, who is the cluster head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, issued the statement in reply to a resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa asking for the status of the CCTVs.
In a resolution unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last week, Gamboa said that in the initial stages of the CCTV projects, there were 15 CCTV cameras installed in various streets of Bacolod City from 2013 to 2016.
He said that in May of 2018, Bacolod City acquired 39 high-definition cameras and four 59-inch LED monitors while in October 2019, the SP approved the purchase of an additional 73 CCTVs upon the recommendation of the City Development Council.
Vargas said the newly acquired 73 CCTVs are not functional yet, adding that the 39 old ones will be integrated to them.
He said only a few of the old CCTVs need repairs but are still usable.
Vargas is set to make an inventory report on the status of the CCTVs to Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia any time this week. The Singapore-based supplier of the CCTVs installed some of them along 6th Street, Alijis-Taculing or Bacolod Memorial Park, Alijis Road, Araneta Avenue, Circumferential Road, Golden Field Araneta Avenue, Gonzaga Street, Hilado Street, Luzuriaga Street, Mabini Street, Magsaysay Avenue, entrance and exit of Bacolod Government Center, Paglaum-Burgos Streets, Rizal Street, among others.*