Bill requires commercial establishment to put up CCTV in their premises

COMMERCIAL establishments will soon be required to put up closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) to monitor the criminal acts being committed in their premises.

House Bill 6720, authored by Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) and Diosdado Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur), also imposes a fine and a jail term against violators.

Arroyo said the surveillance cameras will help commercial establishments monitor suspicious looking individuals and prevent any plan of criminal activity.

“It is imperative to secure these establishments which include banks, financial establishments, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, gas stations, and the like to maintain peace and order to protect life, liberty and property, and to promote the general welfare of the public,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said the surveillance cameras and security of commercial establishments should be institutionalize to prevent criminal incidents in their areas

“The bill aims to protect and empower the general public against lawless elements that threaten the country’s peace and order,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said the installation of surveillance camera or closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) can address any lack in security, and for the victims to review the record of events for the identification of the perpetrators and related evidence of the crime.

Arroyo said the bill will require the owner or manager of the establishment to maintain the privacy of the video feeds and records obtained as a result of the surveillance.

Under the bill, the owner or manager of the establishment should ensure that the conditions for use, copying, or disclosure of video recordings are reasonably established before giving access to requesting parties.

Likewise, the extent of video recordings to be viewed, used, copied, or disclosed shall be limited to the images pertaining to the instances.

The bill imposes a fine not exceeding P1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, without prejudice to other civil or criminal liabilities that may arise.

The owner or manager shall likewise be answerable for violation of the proposed act, provided that it is shown that the violation was due to his or her direct participation, lack of supervision or negligence.

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