PRO-7: No body-worn cameras yet in the region

By: Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | June 05,2021 - 06:11 PM
PRO-7 Director Ronnie Montejo

Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) has yet to receive the body-worn cameras following the launch of the Body Worn Camera System (BWCS) last Friday, June 4.

Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo, PRO-7 director, said that they continued to coordinate with the director of logistics of the Philippine National Police for the issuance of the body-worn cameras in the region.

He also said that he could not give a date for the issuance of the cameras.

Montejo said that this system would be advantageous for both sides, the police force and the community.

“Mao gyud na ang main purpose nato ang transparency sa atong kapulisan. Ang tan-aw nako, mas madungagan ang ilahang pagsalig,” he said.

(That is our main purpose — the transparency of our policemen. The way I see it is that this can add more trust to our policemen.)

“Dinhi’s atoang kapulisan, cautious napod sila nga muhimo og dili maayo kay nakahibaw man sila nga recorded. So ang integrity sa kada operation mas mupataas sa maong higayon,” Montejo said.

(For our police force, they would also be more cautious and will be deterred from doing illegal things because they know that their actions are recorded. So the integrity of every operation will be raised higher.)

He also said that if there would be issues and questions about police operations then the body-worn cameras could give us clarity on what really happened because we could review them through the video from the body-worn cameras.

Montejo said that the cameras would still function and record the police activity regardless of the areas that had no reception.

Further, the assigned personnel cannot easily change the settings of the cameras as these are highly monitored by the respective offices.

He said that the main purpose of BWCS is to monitor and record all the operations conducted by the police such as anti-illegal drugs operations and serving of search warrants and arrest warrants. 

He also said that purpose of BWCS would not only be limited to these operations.

“Dili pasabot nga katong magpatrolya nga ordinary dili sila [makaganit]. Pwede ra ghapon kung walay activities nga parehas ato,” he added.

(This does not mean that those assigned to patrol could not use these. They can as long as there are no activities which were earlier mentioned.)

These cameras will also be used by the police during tactical responses and police operations such as hostage rescue operations, security operations in major events, and other types of police operations.

Last Friday, June 4, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, led the launching of BCWS in Quezon City. 

Eleazar said that currently, there were 2,696 body cameras distributed to 171 police units nationwide. They will need 33,000 to 34,000 to equip the entire police force.

READ: PNP to start using body cameras

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