MANILA, Philippines - Former President and Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Diosdado Arroyo have filed a bill requiring commercial establishments to put up closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) in their premises.
House Bill 6720 imposes a fine and a jail term against violators.
“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,” they said.
They said the installation of CCTVs can address the lack of security in several areas across the country. “The bill aims to protect and empower the general public against lawless elements that threaten the country’s peace and order.”
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.
Meanwhile, 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.