QC to install CCTV cameras in public markets


Posted at Apr 21 2020 09:01 AM | Updated as of Apr 21 2020 09:30 AM

People follow distancing protocols at the Balintawak Market in Quezon City on April 13, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

CCTV cameras will be installed in public markets in order to monitor physical distancing and safety of customers in Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte said Tuesday.

“The CCTV cameras would serve as extra set of eyes for our authorities on the ground as they strictly implement social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)," she said in a statement.

"It is important that we ensure that social distancing is properly implemented as we enter the crucial part of the enhanced community quarantine," she added.

The city mayor 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 Bry. Bagbag, Samson Road-Balintawak, EDSA-Balintawak, EDSA corner Ermin Garcia St, Cubao, and Tandang Sora corner Visayas Ave," she added.

Assistant city administrator for operations Alberto Kimpo said the CCTV cameras will be integrated into the city's disaster risk reduction and management Office (DRRMO) command center.

"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," he said.

"The cameras also give another layer of protection for shoppers against unscrupulous individuals who might take advantage of the situation," he added.

Kimpo said the cameras will monitor Commonwealth Market, Datu Tahil Market, Gatmaitan Market, and Litex Market; in the Novaliches area the shall cover the following markets: Susano Market, Nova Plaza Market, Novaliches Market, Susano Arcade, Francisco Talipapa, and Bagbag Market. 

"Also covered by CCTVs are the Balintawak area: Cloverleaf Market, Riverview 1, Riverview 2, Pilson, MC Market, and North Diversion Market; Cubao area: Q-Mart market; and Tandang Sora area: Tandang Sora Bayan Palengke, Visayas Market, and Tandang Sora Livelihood Coop," he added.