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PNP to activate “Safe zones” in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP), upon instructions of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, will activate some 300 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems in crime prone areas of Metro Manila.
As identified by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), target crime-prone areas installed with CCTVs include Monumento, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Baclaran-Pasay, Taguig, Ermita, EDSA-West Ave., Quirino Highway, Commonwealth Ave., East Ave., Sampaloc and Tondo, Manila. These locations are part of the 13 Police Stations with identified crime-prone areas.
According to Secretary Roxas, the target areas are identified through an “Ink Blot” system, wherein there will be a certain point of priority area and in due course said strategy will spread to other places of public convergence.
Another part of this continuous Project called “Metro Hawk Eye” is located in the University Belt and Pasay-Taft where busy streets and roads are identified.
Selected personnel of the PNP Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management (DICTM) have placed an initial of 16 strategically located CCTVs in the corners of Pasay-Taft as part of the Metro Hawk Eye Special Project.
“This will serve as a warning to individuals and groups who have criminal intent because they are being watched behind these CCTVs” PDDG Espina said giving an impression of safety and security to pedestrians who walk in these streets at any time.
Through Metro Hawk Eye the public can foresee a fair and just investigation into any crimes happened and recorded in the CCTV. Any identification caught by these cameras during crime incidents is a good starting point for the investigator to have the investigation’s progress to give favor to the would-be victims.
Espina also highlighted the installation of CCTV cameras around the University Belt in UST, FEU and Bustillos area where high number of criminal incidents happen especially these days where enrolment is on-going to different universities in preparation of the opening of classes in June.
This Project is the continuation of CCTV Project (Phase 1) which started on January 2015 in all 5 District Offices and 38 Police Stations in NCRPO. This installation enables the PNP to deter unacceptable behavior, ensure security and safety of individuals transacting within PNP premises and curb unscrupulous activities among personnel, as well as to closely monitor and record all walk-in complainants in PNP premises.
The Metro Hawk Eye Project was initiated by Secretary Roxas in response to the various crime incidents to different areas in NCR with priority on the identified crime prone areas to maximize the effectiveness of the OPLAN “Lambat/Sibat” anti-crime initiative.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.