The Philippine CCTV Cameras for Security Act of 2012
It is no secret that CCTV actually solve crimes. We have seen them in movies, TV series like CSI and of course, in real news. There’s no reason why businesses would not install one on their premises considering the number benefits it would give them, unless of course they have this syndrome called technology mistrust.
But security is not the only definitive reason why an acquisition of CCTV is a must. Just in case you are living in a cave the last two years, you would know that it is now mandatory for businesses to have a CCTV system to acquire a business permit in the Philippines. The problem is entrepreneurs don’t have the time or too lazy to understand the scope of this law.
That is why we will break it down for you here:
Who are required to install CCTV?
All business establishments who have more than twenty (20) employees, have work premises of fifty (50) meters or more and have a daily transactions amount to no less than fifty thousand (50,000) pesos per day. In short, big businesses.
What are the requirements?
- The CCTV system must be working 24/7.
- All footages should not be deleted within 60 days.
- All entry points, work area and its perimeter should have a camera to watch over it.
Important things to know
- There should be a sign telling everyone that your establishment has CCTV installed.
- You can’t put CCTV in changing rooms, bathrooms, toilet, rest rooms, shower and similar areas
- Business owners/managers are required to disclose their CCTV recordings only to law officers if its:
- In connection with an investigation of an offense punishable by law
- In connection with any criminal or civil proceedings
- In connection to helping identify criminal perpetrator and the manner by which the offense was committed
- The extent of the recordings handed to the law officers are only of those pertaining to the instances mentioned above.
- Penalties implemented for Non-compliance
- Imprisonment of no more than six months
- Fine of one thousand (Php 1,000) pesos per day
- None issuance of business permits
This law is now in effect in all cities and metropolitan areas in the Philippines including but not limited to Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. Some cities even have additional requirements on top of the existing ones making it a more comprehensive local law. If you don’t want the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government units to go after you, then might as well comply with these requirements. Anyway, just like what they say, it is for your own safety.