PNP checks security rules of Davao firms

The local police has begun inspecting all business establishments to check their respective security protocols, including the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras as a deterrent to crime and terrorism.

Chief Supt Marcelo Morales, Police Regional Office 11 (Davao) director, said Thursday the activity is part of the “target-hardening” measures to ensure public safety, wherein police will also check the capability of security guards in responding to crime incidents.

“This is also aimed at protecting investments,” Morales said in an interview on the sidelines of a command conference with police commanders, held at the Davao City Police Office (DPCO).

He said he wants all police personnel to be courteous and explain the objective of the inspection and compliance to the ordinance requiring establishments to install CCTV cameras.

The city has an existing ordinance requiring all business establishments with a minimum capital of PHP3 million to install high-definition CCTV cameras. It is one of the requirements before City Hall issues a business permit.

Morales underscored the importance of CCTV cameras in business establishments, saying video footages play a significant role in solving crimes.

He said he is also eyeing to train students on crime and terrorism response, noting that schools can be potential targets.

“Kailangan magising ang kaisipan ng ating mga estudyante (We need to raise the awareness of our students),” Morales said, adding that the police will discuss the plan with school authorities. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)