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KIDAPAWAN CITY BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS TOLD TO COMPLY WITH CCTV ORDINANCE

By BERT DIGAMON Cotabato Bureau Chief

The Kidapawan City Council wants business establishments in the city to repair or upgate their camera monitoring system in compliance with the Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Ordinance as part of continuing peace and order campaign.

Councilor Francisco Palmones, chair of the Committee on Peace and Order, told the Durian Post in aninterview that his committee recently conducted a hearing attended by business owners over information that some business establishments are without monitoring cameras or have defective CCTVs.

Officials of the local business chamber have given their support to the effort to ensure that the CCTVs in all the business establishments are working, said Palmones.

Palmones said the business bureau and the local police, who were represented in the hearing, would be conducting joint monitoring to determine compliance of business establishments with the CCTV Ordinance.

According to Palmones, the local government would also be assessing its own outdated CCTV system spread out all over the to be funded and undertaken by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC).

The project, however has hit a snag, after the Cotabato Provinmcial Board said disaster funds could not be used for the CCTVsystem repair and upgrading.

Palmones said the city government would be looking for another fund source in order to immediately implement the project that is vital to the city’s anti-criminality campaign.

TUWAD NA DAAN AT PLAY IN VIOLENCE VS KIDAPAWAN FARMERS

As one expects from the Tuwad na Daan program of governance of President Benigno Aquino and his presidential candidate Mar Roxas, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has responded to the killing of three farmers and the injury of 100 others in a Kidapawan rally for rice subsidy with a dismissal: “Hindi po grabe ang hirap doon sa kanila.” Alcala said that in fact, there is sufficient food supply in the province.

AQUINO UNPREPARED FOR EL NINO

KILAB MEDIA

And yet if you look at even government’s official statistics, half of Kidapawan is in fact impoverished. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the province registered a 48.9% poverty incidence rate in the first semester of 2015.

CALLOUS MALACANANG

With regards food supply, it seems important to ask: how will farmers buy food if they have no money, and are in fact, poor?

Even the specific towns of the farmers register high poverty numbers. News reports have mentioned that the farmers had come from the towns of Arakan, Antipas, President Roxas, Magpet and Kidapawan, all of which were affected by drought. In 2012, Arakan registered a 53.9% poverty rate, Antipas 41.1%, President Roxas 47.6%, Magpet 48.9% and Kidapawan 27.7%. North Cotabato itself registered a 52.4% poverty rate in 2012.

BLAME GAME

This poverty, while denied by matuwid-na-daan, continues to the present. This, in the end, is what the Kidapawan rally proved: there is hunger and there is poverty, no matter how matuwid-na-daan spins it.

What is enraging is not just this poverty and hunger though. What is reason for anger is the fact that in the case of the Kidapawan farmers, it meant a violent dispersal, with at least a hundred injured, and three dead.