City sets surprise checks on dorms, boarding houses

By Christine Mae A. Pelayo

TO GUARD against hidden cameras and other surveillance equipment, the city government through the Office of the Building Official will conduct surprise inspections in dormitories and boarding houses in Bacolod City.

This came after reports disclosed that an instructor in one university in the city installed a surveillance equipment or a hidden camera inside his boarding house’s bathroom.

Mayor Luzviminda Valdez stressed the need to regulate the facilities inside boarding houses.

“The privacy of a person should be respected such as in hotels. Surveillance equipment should not be installed in rooms because it is an encroachment on privacy,” said Valdez.

She stressed the adverse motive in the installation of surveillance equipment in the guise of security measures should be determined.

Moreover, Valdez said she will forward a letter to the City Council for the possible creation of policy statements or an ordinance on what the city can do concerning boarding houses and dormitories.

Valdez further said the City Health Office is tasked to regulate the sanitation status of boarding houses and set certain standards to be followed.

The Bureau of Fire Protection, on the other hand, is in charge of inspecting the buildings’ electrical aspect while the City Mayor’s Office is in charge of issuing the business permit and collection of business taxes.

04/11/2003

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