AKLAN SP APPROVES CCTV
by ODON S. BANDIOLA
It took two (2) major revisions for Kalibo Sangguniang Bayan before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan finally approved the capital town’s ordinance on the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) system in business establishments.
The approval was embodied in SP Res. No. 151, S., 2014, the provincial legislative body enacted during its 23rd Regular Session on July 9, 2014.
The approved CCTV Ordinance is specifically titled, “An Ordinance Requiring High Risk Establishments And Other Business Establishments In The Municipality Of Kalibo, Aklan To Install Closed Circuit Television System (CCTV) And Prescribing Penalties For Violation Thereof.”
The Kalibo Sangguniang Bayan defined high risk establishments which cater to a populous array of clients and which have voluminous monetary transactions and highly vulnerable to crime.
The ordinance further requires high risk establishments that video surveillance system shall be maintained in proper working order at all times, and shall be in operation at least during office hours, and shall meet the minimum technological standards set by the ordinance.
The establishments covered by the ordinance are specifically banks, malls, gasoline stations, supermarkets, pawnshops, money changer, 24-hour convenience stores, schools, fast food restaurants/Quick Service Restaurants and car dealerships.
The ordinance further qualifies vulnerable establishments which operate, transact and deal with any of the following whichever will apply:
i. Handle extensive monetary transactions as a regular course of business amounting to the exchange of goods and/or services for a daily average amount of more than Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00) or
ii. Transactions on an average daily basis with more than 200 clients.
The first edition of the said ordinance was submitted on October 14, 2013 but it was withdrawn by the proponent, Kalibo Sangguniang Bayan on October 23, 2013 for further refinement.
The revised edition was submitted on January 29, 2014 but was disapproved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on March 5, 2014 after finding there were lapses in legislative procedures. Specifically, the revised edition did not pass the plenary of the Kalibo SB when there were major revisions in the original version of the ordinance. /MP