Defective city’s CCTVs bared PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:54

The City Council’s Committee on Peace and Order chaired by District 2 Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividad has uncovered defect on the city government’s CCTV surveillance camera system set up by a the city’s different intersections and other vital installations.

The defect was bared during a committee hearing at the City Council the other day.

During the hearing, Natividad informed the committee about a report submitted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and prepared by Engr. Ronaldo A. Serimogan which reveals the malfunctioning of the CCTV surveillance camera system placed in the different intersections, business establishments and other vital installations.

“There’s no viewing and most of all the CCTVs are fluctuating and malfunctioning with no radio monitoring to our authorities concerned from April to July, this year,” Natividad said.

Natividad also informed the committee about the big difference of the amount in the bidding price and the turn-over of responsibility by the contractor identified as IT Smart to the city government this coming September.

Chris Mandi, head of the city government’s Civil Security Unit (CSU), said during the hearing that the City Hall monitoring system which has 20 CCTVs has no problem, but the main monitoring system which is based at Sunken Garden is experiencing some problems.

District 2 Councilor Rommel Agan said aside from other defective reports, the Tourism Police based at the Paseo del Mar has also its problems on Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

“It does not serve its purpose of providing continued power supply to the surveillance system for at least four hours. Still it is not working because in times of brownouts the said UPS is not also functioning,” Agan stressed.

“Per report, the surveillance cameras that were installed in the city are not in accordance with the specifications in the bidding documents,” Agan added.

“It does not serve its purpose as to the many incidents, we are just left in the dark. It doesn’t prove anything,” District 2 Councilor Vincent Paul Elago said.

Agan adopted a resolution requesting the chairman of the Council’s Committee on Peace and Order “to follow up with the Commission on Audit (COA) on the status of its investigation of the CCTV”.

This, after the contractor (IT Smart) despite a series of invitations via registered mail has not appeared in several committee hearings.

Agan also sponsored a resolution asking the City Legal Office and/or the department in-charge to prepare Purchase Request (PR) in the acquisition of CCTVs to act and to go after the supplier under the warranty clause”.

Agan said the city has already suffered from many abandoned and unfinished infrastructure projects and yet no contractors or individuals was meted punishment.

“We’ll not allow useless spending of government funds, we’re sending out a message to protect the interest of the city,” Agan emphasized. — Monch L. Follosco