CCTV a must for Cebu City biz

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CEBU CITY — The Cebu City government, through the business permit and licensing office (BPLO), will require all business establishments to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras to deter crime.

This after the city council in its regular session last Tuesday amended City Ordinance 2381 to require churches, restaurants, bars, fast food chains, recreational facilities, spas and other business establishments in the city to secure their premises with CCTV cameras.

The amended ordinance covers establishments and offices with annual gross sales of not less than P5 million.

City Councilor David Tumulak, chairman of the council committee on public order and safety, sponsored the ordinance.

Those covered by ordinance are mandated to save CCTV footage and are required to surrender CCTV files to the police when incidents of crime take place in their areas.

Tumulak cited the importance of CCTV cameras as deterrents to crimes.

It will be the BPLO under the City Treasurer’s Office that is tasked to inspect business establishments covered by the ordinance.

The amended ordinance set fines of P2,000 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense and P3,000 for the third offense in case of failure to follow the order.

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