By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – More than 100 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras would boost the crime fighting efficiency of this first class town, according to its police chief.
Superintendent Jacky Candelario said the P1.3 million pesos worth 100 plus CCTV cameras would come from the proceed of the projected gross revenues of the P3 million of the beauty contest that Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno organized solely for that purpose.
“Now may 24 na gumagana pero kung lahat ay complete na from the first phase to the second phase nasa one hundred plus lahat na kanto dito sa poblacion ay mabiyayaan. Iyong nine sa plaza pa lang iyon,” he stressed.
According to Mayor Parayno the P1.3 million net proceeds came from the more than P3 million gross from the last town fiesta funds.
"24 CCTV cameras. Two PTZ rotating cameras. 18 pieces bullet type cameras strategically positioned at the municipal plaza and along Rizal Avenue from CSI Mangaldan to Petron Gas Station. At the areas behind the municipal hall, market, and those at the Central School and road premises" she stressed.
Candelario said the CCTV project here was sanctioned by an ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Bayan (town council).
“Within this year iyong 100 matatapos na. Pinapa audit pa lahat. Kinukuha pa lang iyong bayad sa ads. Iyong fiesta tapos iyong lahat na para mabili na lahat. Tinitingnan natin na amount kung lahat ay P3 million”.
Candelario added that he looks on the possibility if this town local government will appropriate another amount to buttress the three million pesos collectibles.
While town and city like Bayambang and Dagupan are still arguing on the legality of the ordinance that cover their security umbrella measures versus criminals and offenders, the administration of Mayor Parayno has been busy collecting the payment from the sponsors of the last fiesta celebration to finalize the installations of this town’s ambitious CCTV project.
He said most of the cameras would be installed at the public market because petty crimes are mostly committed there.
Meanwhile, the chief of police, a graduate of Philippine National Police Academy's Class of 1999, said he had invited owners, administrators, and principals of private and public primary and secondary schools for a dialogue on the spates of schools burglaries of light-emitting diodes where LED and central processing unit (CPU) particularly of these schools have been stashed away by robbers here and in the different towns and cities in the province.
“Binigyan din natin sila ng tips at nakikipagtulungan din ang kanilang barangay. Aside sa pag-ikot ng police, kasi sa gabi nga nangyayari iyong (nakawan)”.
He reminded them to put additional security measures in their buildings like padlocks, grills, and others to protect their properties.
He said he met too with the owners and managers of banks here and gave them advices how to avoid robberies.