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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bongao town installs town-wide CCTVs to enhance security

By Felipo David G. Malcampo

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – The municipal government here is the first in the Autonomous Region on Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to have its own closed-circuit television (CCTV), a project, which aims to create a safer and more investor-friendly municipality in the southernmost part of the country.

According to Mayor Jasper Que, the town has now 52 operational CCTVs, with a total of 100 cameras to be installed in the municipality’s strategic areas with a total cost of P4.5-million.

The CCTVs are a realization of the 2014 municipal ordinance, which aims to make Bongao a safer place so that more investors will come in.

“We are aiming to be the trade capital of the south,” Que said, highlighting that security is very important to ensure economic development.

The mayor, however, admitted that there have been crimes, which remain unsolved in spite of the presence of eyewitnesses.

“They do not want to talk,” Que shared, explaining that the residents would rather choose to remain silent than risk their lives as witnesses.

The CCTV project is seen to address this problem, and will aid the local police in apprehending suspects, and preventing crime proactively.