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Bill to allow CCTV records as evidence in court proceedings.

Manila, Philippines --- A partylist lawmaker has filed a bill to make the installation of closed circuit television cameras mandatory in all government offices, schools and business establishments.

House Bill 3835 filed by ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao also mandates the courts to accept CCTV recordings as evidence in court litigation.

Pagdilao underscored the importance of CCTV cameras in solving crimes, saying that recordings help in the process of identifying offenders.

A potential criminal who becomes aware of the presence of CCTV cameras may be deterred from committing criminal acts, he said.

HB 3835 makes CCTV installation mandatory in banks, department stores, shopping malls, colleges and universities, gasoline stations, pawnshops, lending institutions, convenience stores.

Pagdilao said the bill also mandates the local government unit (LGUs) to install CCTV cameras in government buildings, public markets, terminals, plazas, parks and main thoroughfares.

The former chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation Detection Group said the CCTV cameras should be maintained in proper working condition during office hours or even 24 hours under the discretion of the management or officials.

Under the bill, business establishments and LGUs are mandated to retain the recorded digital images for 30 days for review and reference purposes, and then preserved for one year.

The use of video recording as evidence in any civil or criminal case should be allowed upon written order of a court, it said.

Business establishments with P50,000 to P500,000 capitalization are required to put up one digital video recorder, four CCTV cameras and one Infra Red camera with 50 meters range in their premises.

Those with P500,000 to P1 million capitalization are mandated to install one digital video recorder, eight CCTV cameras and Infra Red camera with 50 meters range to monitor outer perimeters.

Those with capitalization higher than P1 million are required to install one digital video recorder, 16 CCTV cameras, Infra Red camera with 100-meter range.

Violators face a fine of P10,000 and suspension of its business permit while local officials will be considered as nonfeasance and would be subject to the proper penalties as provided for by law.

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Date:Mar 18, 2014
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