Crime rates decline in Lingayen thanks to CCTV
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – This capital town mayor said crime rates declined here because of the 44 closed-circuit television (CCTV) installed all over the Poblacion area.
Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda said aside from the reduced number of criminality, the CCTVs reduced the traffic congestion because traffic enforcers could easily be ordered to immediately approach the area where there is a traffic snarl.SECURITY CAMERAS. The main monitor of the 44 security cameras located inside the office of Lingayen Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda. She said the cameras that are installed in various places of the Poblacion reduced the number of criminalities committed in the capital town and reduced the traffic congestion in the main thoroughfares. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
“In my first term in 2013 I started with 14 CCTVs, now we have 44 cameras all over the different places of the Poblacion areas to monitor criminals,” she said.
The mayor said in case there was a hold-up, say at ten in the evening, the police can just go to the office of the mayor by studying the replay of the recorded robbery on that time and the place as captured by the camera.
“Sa barangay meron din sila. Maglagay din sila. Sarili na nila ang gastos,” she said by referring to the internal revenue allotment from the national government of the 32 villages here.
Castaneda said she needed a bigger monitor since her present monitor was too small for the 44 miniature monitors inside the mother monitor.
Aside from this capital town, other local government units in Pangasinan that invest to fight criminality and traffic congestion by having CCTVs are the cities of Dagupan and Urdaneta and Mangaldan town.
Meanwhile, Castaneda said for this year her constituents would be a beneficiary of a P7 million pesos farm-to-market road from the Bottoms-Up-Budgeting (BUB) of the Department of Agriculture.
BUB is a government’s reform program that institutionalized the people’s participation in the budget process, under the BUB program, the grass root communities play a role in determining what projects the national government will do.
Examples of these programs were motorized bancas given to local government units, boxes of Global Positioning System or GPS-powered Fish Finders and brand new fishing nets that were recently given to the fisherfolk of Dagupan City.
She said this town was a beneficiary of the ten fiberglass motorized fishing boat and fishing equipment distributed recently at Sual, Pangasinan by DA Secretary Emmanuel Pinol.
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