Friday, February 7, 2014

Ecija mayor eyes P2-M budget for CCTVs to stem crime wave in town

TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija – Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez has sought the allocation of P2 million for the purchase of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras to arrest the rising tide of crimes and improve the overall peace and order situation in the town.
          In a press briefing, Santos-Martinez said she has requested the Sangguniang Bayan, led by Vice Mayor Anselmo Rodiel III to earmark the amount for the acquisition of eight CCTVs to be installed in strategic places in the town amid the recent spate of  killings.
Santos-Martinez said the high-definition, wireless surveillance cameras will help immensely in improving the peace and order situation. “With these CCTVs, we expect to be able to solve and deter crimes,” she stressed.
The CCTVs, which will be interconnected through a central monitor, are also expected to advance the Philippine National Police’s quick dispatch, rapid response and better coordination, particularly during emergency situations, enhance monitoring of crowd movements and spot crime suspects.
The P2 million is contained in a P120-million loan application the municipal government is seeking with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to finance its various development projects included in the Annual Investment Plan for 2014. 
Santos-Martinez has asked the SB to pass an ordinance authorizing the proposed terms and conditions from the LBP.
Earlier, the mayor expressed her dismay over five unsolved killings which took place last month and urged the town police chief, Superintendent Reynaldo dela Cruz to run after the perpetrators of these crimes.
Among the unsolved killings were those of two vendors whose bodies were found inside the public cemetery last January 21, the shooting to death of a 71-year-old widower at Zone 5, Pag-asa District last January 18 and the gunslaying of a 62-year-old barangay kagawad in Barangay Mabuhay last January 5.
Santos-Martinez said in the scale of one to 10, she is giving dela Cruz a grade of 5 to 6 for his failure to solve these crimes. She said the municipal government is also providing the local police with a patrol car to improve its mobility in running after criminal elements.
          The municipal government’s plan to acquire CCTVs to combat crimes is apart from an earlier proposal of the provincial chapter of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines to set up the surveillance cameras in some 600 barangays of the province for its crime-busting drive.
          Last August, Penaranda Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis, LMP  provincial chapter president, said they will work on the proposal starting in his hometown where they are eyeing to set up CCTVs in nine barangays.

          Last April, Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali sought the installation of 10 CCTVs in strategic locations in the province to keep watch over criminal elements round-the-clock and boost security, particularly in the run-up to the May elections. – Manny Galvez

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