Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza (4th District, Batangas) has filed a bill calling for government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on all public-utility vehicles nationwide.
"CCTV cameras provide accurate and real-time footage of traffic situations and video information of road accidents," Mendoza said in filing House Bill 4618.
According to the lawmaker, the rising number of criminal incidents necessitates a 24/7 video monitoring system that can be used not only in crime investigation and prevention but also in road surveillance.
On the issue of cost, Mendoza said that the rapid advancement of technology globally has made CCTV systems more affordable, which is why its use is quickly becoming popular in the country.
Based on the bill, the video recordings captured by the CCTV systems will "be available for use and may be disclosed by any member or officer of a law enforcement agency in connection with and limited to investigation or prosecution of an offense punishable by law or regulation."
The bill also calls for the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Department of Transportation and Communications, and LGUs whose routes are covered by PUVs "to ensure the implementation and enforcement of this Act."
Is this a bright idea or just another useless bill filed by a brilliant politician?