QC to install CCTV cameras to monitor social distancing in public markets
CALOOCAN CITY, April 21 (PIA)–The installation of nine high-precision closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the areas of public markets in Quezon City will begins Tuesday (April 21) to closely monitor social distancing and to ensure safety of market goers.
In a statement, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the CCTV cameras would serve as extra set of eyes for authorities on the ground while they strictly implement social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Belmonte said the CCTVs will be put up in Commonwealth Ave fronting Commonwealth Market (southbound), Commonwealth Ave corner IBP road and Litex, Quirino Highway corner Gen Luis St. and Susano Road, and Quirino Highway corner Ramirez St., Novaliches.
Cameras will also be placed in Quirino Highway corner Don Julio Gregorio St in Brgy. Bagbag, Samson Road-Balintawak, EDSA-Balintawak, EDSA corner Ermin Garcia St, Cubao, and Tandang Sora corner Visayas Ave.
“It is important that we ensure that social distancing is properly implemented as we enter the crucial part of the enhanced community quarantine,” Belmonte stressed.
Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo said the high precision CCTV cameras will be integrated into the QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) command center.
Once operational, Kimpo said they have the capacity to monitor three neighboring markets simultaneously.
The wireless CCTV cameras are capable of 360-degree view, zoom-in and out and can be viewed by authorized personnel through mobile phone.
“These cameras will provide real-time situation in our public markets. Our monitoring center will alert authorities on the ground if social distancing is not strictly followed,” said Kimpo.
The cameras also give another layer of protection for shoppers against unscrupulous individuals who might take advantage of the situation, he added. (QC PAISD/PIA-NCR)