CCTV cameras in Palawan public schools sought

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) of Palawan is now studying a proposed resolution that seeks the installation of CCTV cameras in public schools to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and schools from criminal offenses. (Photo by PPCG)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — A resolution that seeks the installation of surveillance cameras in public school entrances and exits, to keep students safe in Palawan, was proposed Tuesday at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board).

Ex-officio board member Clarito Demaala IV said the resolution is specifically addressed to Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez for inclusion in the education component of the Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood, and Protection of the Environment (IHELP) development agenda.

He said equipping all public schools in the province with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will help ensure the safety of students while they are away from their homes.

Demaala noted that he has been receiving a lot of requests from schools for funding of broken window panes.

He added that most public schools located in distant municipalities have no security guards to constantly monitor their premises because they do not have funds to pay for security personnel.

In his resolution, Demaala said CCTV cameras are aimed at preventing crimes that might be committed against students, teachers, and the schools, where important learning facilities should be taken care of.

“If something bad happens to them, CCTV cameras can help determine what happened and who the responsible individuals are. If an incident happens within the school premises, CCTV footages can be readily secured to tell the story. It will also help authorities solve traffic accidents, bullying, and fighting among students,” Demaala said.

The resolution has been referred to the committee on appropriations of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for further discussion. (PNA)

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