BAGUIO CITY – At least P2.4 million worth of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and monitors were donated by the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) to the city government of Baguio and the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) as its contributions to the peace and security campaign of concerned government agencies.
The whole package composed of 19 CCTV cameras and two monitors were turned over by Gerardo P. Verzosa, BENECO general manager, to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and BCPO officials during simple ceremonies at the BCPO multipurpose hall Thursday afternoon.
“We want to continue extending support to the city government, especially in its peace and security campaign, in order to make sure that Baguio will be safe place to live, work and do business,” Verzosa stressed.
He cited the donation is part of the rural electric cooperative’s corporate social responsibility project for its franchise area.
For his part, Domogan said the donated state-of-the-art units of equipment should be utilized by the police in continuously improving its performance in deterring the occurrence of crimes in identified crime-prone areas.
He cited the local police force must be inspired by the donation so that they will exert extra effort in sustaining the implementation of appropriate peacekeeping strategies that would improve the prevailing peace and order in the city.
“We express our sincerest gratitude to BENECO for its sustained efforts to extend assistance to various local governments within its franchise area. We therefore challenge the police to maximize the utilization of the donated units of equipment so that BENECO will be proud to divulge that it was instrumental in helping improve the peace and order situation in the city,” Domogan said.
He asserted the city government will continuously look into ways on how to work out the continuous assistance it is providing to the local police force so that efforts to sustain the city’s peace and order will be enhanced for the greater majority of the populace.
For the past several years, BENECO had been purchasing CCTV cameras and monitors which it subsequently donated to the different local governments within its franchise area as part of their commitment to help improve peace and security so that investors will be enticed to invest in the put up of their desired businesses that will contribute in increasing economic activities in the countryside.
Some of the CCTV cameras were installed in various traffic choke points in the different parts of the city to allow traffic enforcers to closely monitor the traffic situation and allow them to immediately respond to critical areas during certain hours of the day.
Domogan called on the police to ensure that the donated units of equipment will be working so that their purpose of helping maintain peace and security will be achieved and for local residents and visitors to feel safe when going around the city.
By Dexter A. See