City awaits Comelec nod on dash cam distribution

City awaits Comelec nod on dash cam distribution

Odessa O. Leyson (The Freeman) – May 3, 2019 – 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu City Government is waiting the go signal from the Commission on Elections on the distribution of free dashboard cameras to public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers.

A petition was already filed before the Comelec two weeks to allow them to distribute the securitydashboard cameras since it was purchased before the election period.

The lawyers from the City Legal Office yesterday attended a hearing on the matter in Manila.

Assistant City Administrator Annabeth Cuizon said the city government wanted to make sure that they have not violated any election rules if they distribute the dashboard cameras to the drivers.

“We know that it is safe. I mean, we know that we can continue with the ongoing services. But we just want to be safe so asked for exemption,” Cuizon said.

Cebu City Transportation Office operations chief Francisco Ouano said they are supposed to distribute the cameras to the drivers last month but due to the petition, they put the distribution on hold until Comelec responds.

He said the 1,000 units of dashboard cameras were delivered earlier last month.

The city government decided to buy dashboard cameras in order to deter criminality and improve peace and order situation.

Since March 6, CCTO began accepting requirements from the drivers who want to avail of the free dashboard cameras.

The requirements laid by CCTO are official receipt, franchise, and travel line certificate.

Record shows that there are over 600 PUJ drivers who have secured travel line certificate in the city.

Ouano said the dashboard cameras can also help secure the passengers.

The remaining 400 dashboard cameras will be available to applicants who are from the neighboring towns and cities as long as they have secured travel line in the city.

These operators are from outside the city such as Talisay City to Cebu City, Mandaue to Cebu City, and others. — MBG (FREEMAN)


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