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City to get more eyes on the streets

BACOLOD CITY – City Hall will purchase 73 additional closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) to be used next year.

Executive Assistant Joemarie Vargas, cluster head of the city disaster risk reduction and management office (CDRRMO) said the city has allocated P25.9 million budget for the purchase of additional CCTVs, which will be taken from the Special Trust Fund (STF) of his office.

This year, CDRRMO has a total of P49.5 million STF.

Vargas said the new CCTVs will have anti-power surge and will have longer recording time as compared to the 39 CCTVs in different parts of the city currently in use.

The 73 additional CCTVs will be installed in major streets such as Alijis Road, Araneta Avenue, Circumferential Road, Gonzaga Street, Hilado Street, Luzuriaga Street, Mabini Street, Magsaysay Avenue, Rizal Street, among others.

Vargas said CCTVs are useful in monitoring flood, traffic accidents and crime incidents in the city.

“Most of the traffic accidents here are solved with the use of CCTV because we can determine who is at fault in an accident,” said Vargas.

Vargas also added that they proposed to buy five dump trucks, two emergency response vehicles, one customized self-loader cargo truck, one brand new amphibious excavator, and one mini backhoe.

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