AIMING to reduce crime rate and improve emergency response time through state-of-the-art technology, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Marikina City sealed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the “Safe Philippines Project.”
Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro and DILG Undersecretary for Peace and Order Bernardo Florece Jr. signed the MOA recently.The Marikina City is the first city in Metro Manila to benchmark the said project.
The “Safe Philippines Project” is expected to reduce crime rate by 15 percent and improve emergency response time by 20 percent by using modern information and communications technology.
The MOA stated that the DILG, through this project, intends to provide a bedrock strategy by introducing a smart solution and system integration to combat crime, emergency management and disaster mitigation in order to make people safe.
Under the MOA, the China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC), the contractor of the project, will provide camera surveillance system for the “efficient management of public order, security and safety” in the country.
State-of-the-art or high definition IP surveillance cameras, intelligent video analytics such as facial and plate recognition; video content search and synopsis; integrated critical communication system; will be used in the project.
Equipment to be delivered to Marikina include command center for its Rescue 161, Office of Public Safety and Security, PNP, BFP, equipped with dedicated computer with access to computer-aided dispatch system, digital information display (video wall), conference room equipped with high definition teleconference endpoint, 234 high definition IP cameras, 300 digital radio handset dedicated to public safety, and 12 units of one-key emergency button devices.
The DILG earlier said that they will install the necessary fire walls to protect the system from hackers and other threats.The budget for this project will be provided by the national project.
According to Mayor Teodoro, the project will make Marikina safer than before as closed-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras will be installed all over the city to monitor crimes and emergencies.
“Tingin ko iyong safety talaga, this will provide us a sort of panopticon principle na hindi nakatingin, but having connectivity in terms of CCTV cameras at ganun ‘yung panopticon principle that will seem to be under a constant risk—government discipline in their action,” he said.
“It is as if nasa Bilibid ka, ang watch tower nasa gitna yung prison, hindi na nakatakip ng rehas kaya nakikita, the prisoners ay nakikita ang watch tower. Sa isip nila ay may nakabantay sa kanila kaya sila ay ang tendency maging maayos at mabait sa selda, part of the discipline. ‘Yun ang panopticon principle lagi under constant risk,” the mayor explained.
Mayor Teodoro vowed to DILG that the city will maximize the modern technology in crime prevention and their emergency response.
“Salamat po nagkakaroon kami malinaw na framework on how to daily provide that safe community. Huwag po kayong mag-alala dahil itong ibibigay niyo po sa amin ay we will cultivate , harness , nurture or go beyond what is written beyond the MOA,” the mayor told DILG Usec. Florece.