(Metro News) MMDA wants more CCTV cameras to beef-up security in Metro Manila

January 31, 2011 7:50 am 

MANILA, Jan. 30 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has said it would push for the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on passenger buses as authorities beef up security measures after last week’s bombing of a bus in Makati City that left five persons dead and 13 others injured.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they would coordinate with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on the matter, adding that CCTVs should also be set up at loading and unloading stations used by buses in the metropolis, especially along Epifanio Delos Santos Ave. (EDSA).

“Dapat hindi lang sa mga bus at terminal kundi pati na rin sana mga Organized Bus Route loading and unloading stations na itinayo ng MMDA ay lagyan din ng CCTV," Tolentino said.

At the same time, the MMDA chief said he has already asked Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Raul Bacalzo to deploy policemen to secure the loading and unloading stations to deter criminals and would-be-terrorists.

Footages taken by an MMDA CCTV positioned near the blast site at the northbound lane of EDSA are used by the authorities in the investigation of the bombing.

Tolentino said they are cooperating with the police in the probe.

There are already 50 CCTV cameras operated by the MMDA and positioned in various strategic points in Metro Manila, with 100 more in the pipeline.

Dubbed the “Road Safety Surveillance System and Wireless Communications Backbone,” the first batch of traffic surveillance cameras are installed on key intersections of EDSA, Macapagal Blvd., Roxas Blvd., Pasay Road, Ayala Ave., Ortigas Ave., Santolan Road, Aurora Blvd., Timog Ave., East Ave., Quezon Ave., North Ave., Roosevelt Ave., Congressional Ave., Balintawak, Rizal Ave., Elliptical Road, Philcoa, Kalayaan Avd. and Visayas Ave.

These are used for traffic monitoring, management and surveillance and are connected to the MMDA’s 24-hour Traffic Operations Center. (PNA) scs/CLTC

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