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Catholic Churches Beef Up Security with CCTVs

Apparently, even Catholic churches now see the relevance of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras with the installation of CCTVs in a number of churches in Metro Manila.

“CCTV cameras are really helpful. In fact, some of our churches already have CCTVs at least in the convents and some important areas,” Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco told Church-run Radio Veritas.

He added, “It’s necessary so that in case something happened, you can easily make a review and identify the perpetrators.”

While CCTVs, according to Ongtioco, could help in preventing or solving illegal activities in the city, he still thinks making such installation mandatory is a different story. “To make it a requirement is another big issue. It should be discussed. It’s a good measure but then the important question is can everyone afford it, especially those with small business,” the bishop said.

Recall that Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City made a policy of “no CCTV, no business permit” which will be implemented in January 2013. It would cover businesses such as banks, pawnshops, gasoline stations, money changers, supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, schools, and other establishments that are considered high risk and that handle daily cash transactions amounting to P50,000 and up.