Iloilo City strictly requires CCTVs for high-risk establishments

January 7, 2012 1:41 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 5 — The city government is strictly enforcing the non-issuance of business permit without a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera to businesses considered as ‘high-risk’ and with P5 million in capital. This is in compliance with the CCTV camera ordinance here.

High-risk businesses are banks, moneychangers, pawnshops, credit facilities and other financial institutions, as well as hotels, malls, and supermarkets which are easy and frequent targets of lawless elements.

The renewal of business permit in this city is until January 20 to avoid additional charges.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the ordinance is very useful in recounting details of criminality and the identification of perpetrators which lead to the speedy solution of crimes.

“Iloilo City being classified as highly urbanized city deserve to have this ordinance. This is for the safety of both owners and customers”, he said.

Since the ordinance was approved by the City Council last April 2011, Mabilog said all establishments were given ample time to fully comply with the ordinance. This time, the mayor said businessmen should have no reason not to comply.

The city government have the authority to withhold the business permit to operate, suspend or revoke it and implement a fine of P5,000 for those who fail to obey the ordinance. (PNA)

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