(Metro News)DOT, NPDC, install CCTV at Rizal Park

November 27, 2012 11:33 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 27 — Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were installed at the Rizal Park to ensure the security and safety of park goers as well as to lure more foreign and local tourists.

The cameras were placed within and around Rizal Park, from Quirino Grandstand to the LRT Station.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. said the installation of security cameras would ensure local and foreign tourists and the public of their safety within the confines of the national park.

“To bring in more tourists to a tourist spot, peace and order must be guaranteed, just like in our Rizal Park. The installation of CCTVs is a positive step taken by NPDC in preparation for the upcoming holidays. We are all aware that the Rizal Park is visited and is one of the favorite destinations of millions of Filipinos and foreign tourists during Christmas Day and during the New Year,” he said.

Jimenez, together with National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) executive director Juliet H. Villegas, on Tuesday visited the “command center” of the CCTV cameras in the NPDC Office.

Aside from its 24/7 operation, high resolution, and 360-degree pan and zoom, other features of the installed CCTVs include its ability to make accurate predictions on the number of people within the park, as well as its capacity to recognize a person should a sketch be provided to the system within the command center.

This can be useful especially if the local police are searching for a criminal who is listed as 'wanted'. Once the CCTV recognizes the face of a wanted criminal, the command system will issue an alarm, and will prompt the security team to respond.

At present, there are three types of CCTVs mounted in the park which possess special features. These are installed in areas with high foot traffic, along the perimeters, and inside and out of the gated areas of the said tourist spot.

The system utilized by the CCTVs is linked to the data base of the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation, as such, law enforcers will be able to respond to criminal incidents in real time.

On the other hand, the government officials also made known to the public the “Quick Response System,” which is also located inside park.

With just a push of a button, the command center will be informed of the location of the incident so that a security team could respond to the situation. Through this, crimes may be prevented by the park visitors themselves.

Meanwhile, Villegas also informed the public of the new “Information and Help Desk System Kiosks” which can be found at the lobby of the NPDC Office, the Tourist Police Station near the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal, and the Children’s Playground.

He said the kiosk features a digital touch screen that could be a source of information to the visitors of the park regarding the attractions that it houses.

“Basically, the idea of this Information and Help Desk System Kiosk is to inform the public, especially our park visitors, of what Rizal Park has in store for them. With a touch of a finger, their desired places or locations will be seen on the screen, and they will be provided with details, plus a 360-degree view, of the attraction. All these efforts are executed in line with the marching order of our Tourism Secretary to help bring back the trust and confidence of the public in Rizal Park in the hopes of bringing back its old grandeur and glory,” Villegas said. (PNA)

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