CCTV Camera In the Philippines Law


According to saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. This saying is actually the basis of the newly imposed CCTV regulations in the Philippines. If you are unsure as to what the regulation is about, its scopes and technicalities, then simply read on. This article is dedicated to providing local citizens about the Philippines CCTV Act of 2012.

 There is a fairly new law in the country about CCTV cameras in business establishments today. It is called The Philippines CCTV Camera Act of 2012. This was introduced to the senate by the Philippines Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago last December 3, 2012. Now, the said law specifically focuses on business establishments only. It is requiring all businesses in the country to install as well as maintain CCTV cameras within their scope of premises. To get to know the rules onCCTV camera in the Philippines, then you better should read on.

 Things You Must Know About the Philippines CCTV Camera Security Act of 2012:

 What types of businesses are covered?

 Any type of businesses selling products or services to consumers in the Philippines are required to adhere to this law, provided that they have a minimum of 20 employees and/or have no lesser than 50 meters work premises and/ or they acquire 50,000php in sales. To make it simple, if you have 19 numbers of employees or below and your office is smaller than the said measurement, but your sales per day is 50,000 or up, then you still must follow this law.

 What happens to those who do not follow?

 Those who will be caught violating the rules under this law may be responsible for a maximum fine of 1000php and/or a maximum of six months jail time. Also, businesses may not renew or apply for a business permit without installing CCTV cameras. As of January 2013, Quezon City is the first to regulate the law on CCTV Camera in the Philippines within their city. Businesses in the said city cannot renew or apply for a business permit without having security cameras installed. Quezon City CCTV law remains to be the strictest of all existing policies. The local Quezon City government imposes their own set of policies on top of the implemented regulations.

What are the rules under this law?

 The bill on CCTV for businesses states that cameras should be installed on entrance, exits and other workstations within the establishment except the restrooms, changing rooms and other similar places. A sign stating that security cameras protect the establishment should be visible to the public eye. The owner or manager is required to store a minimum of 60 day video recording. They are also responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the CCTV records. The only people who are allowed to see the footages are the national police in the event that it is needed as evidentiary support for a crime.


Source by alvin zafra