To Deter Crime, For Safety Monitoring: Now Come Affordable CCTVs, GPS For PUVs

By Rose De La Cruz

TO PREVENT crime in public utility vehicles, Aasenso Partylist Rep. Teodoro Montoro has filed a bill requiring drivers and their operators to install affordable security gadgets like closed circuit television and global positioning systems in their vehicles.

Montoro’s House Bill 6112, otherwise known as Public Utility Vehicle Monitoring Act, to compel the installation of safety monitoring devices on PUVs and providing penalties for violations.

The lawmaker sees the proposal as a means to deter violence and help in gathering the needed information to help prosecute the perpetrators of crimes.


DOTr Help

Montoro urged the Department of Transportation to task its experts to compute how much it would cost to help PUVs comply with the CCTV and GPS equipment requirements of the proposed measure.

The DOTr can also propose and prepare for the mechanisms and processes needed to extend financial assistance to PUVs so their operators can afford CCTV monitoring equipment and GPS.

They are looking at the Pantawid Pasada Program ATM cards which government used before to help PUJs cope with high fuel prices some years ago. 


CCTV, GPS Gadgets

PUVs can buy the CCTV and GPS equipment of their choice while the government can subsidize part of the acquisition cost with a fixed amount disbursed through the Pantawid ATM cards.

That Pantawid ATM way is the policy and legal precedent to help PUVs meet the requirement of two CCTVs and the necessary mobile memory storage.

An alternative is that the DOTr, through the Office of Transport Cooperatives, can procure CCTV and GPS equipment in bulk following government procurement laws and regulations.

They can then distribute the CCTV and GPS equipment, which the PUV operators can pay in installments through the “boundary hulog” program.

HB 6112 is a consolidated bill and a counterpart of Senate Bill 1457. 


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