Through viva voce voting, the House of Representatives passed on second reading, a bill that mandates public utility vehicle (PUV) operators to install close-circuit television (CCTV) and Global Positioning System (GPS) on August 27.
In House Bill 6112 “Public Utility Vehicle Monitoring Act,” it is stated that to ensure the safety of public transport users from theft, robbery, homicide, kidnapping and other crimes, there is a need for PUVs to install CCTVs and GPS trackers to aid information gathering in prosecution of criminals.
The bill states that no PUV is allowed to operate on any road or highway without the required CCTV and GPS tracker, installed, duly authenticated, and sealed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
LTFRB shall coordinate with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Bureau of Product Standards to provide the specifications and standards of the required GPS tracker, CCTV, and the storage device that should be capable of recording a month of footages.
PUVs are then required to display a bold written notice in visible locations outside and inside to inform passengers that there are CCTV units and a GPS tracker in the vehicles.
The LTFRB with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) shall establish, maintain, and manage a GPS tracking server and archive
All recorded footages are confidential, unless authorized by the Act.
CCTVs are electronic communications system equipped with a video camera, capable of recording and storing signals or digital information and are connected to a monitor or set of monitors designed to perform surveillance over a limited area.
GPS trackers are electronic communications device that use the GPS to determine, track, and record its precise location, or if anything on which it is attached or mounte, at regular intervals.
Authors of the bill include Reps. Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr., Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Winston “Winnie” Castelo, Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Eric Olivarez, Cesar Sarmiento, Gavini Pancho, Peter Unabia, Edgar Mary Sarmiento, Ferjenel Biron M.D., Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia and Romero Quimbo, Reps. Vicente “Ching” Veloso, Fernando Gonzalez, Victoria Isabel Noel, Mark Aeron Sambar, Johnny Pimentel, Estrellita Suansing, Micaela Violago, and Sherwin Tugna.