Belmonte insists on CCTV cameras in every nook of Quezon City

Published March 14, 2019, 8:30 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Chito Chavez

Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte has pressed for further enhancing the city’s response against violence against women (VAW) in the city with the installation of additional closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and improvement of its 24-hour emergency hotline.


Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte (Mark Balmores)
Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

As staunch supporter of women’s rights, Belmonte insisted that every nook of the city should be equipped with CCTV camera.

“Every single nook and cranny – because that is the only way we can combat criminality and ensure our women live in peace and within harmony,” said Belmonte.

She also pledged to enhance the 24-hour emergency hotline in Quezon City, 122, saying it is an effective way to provide immediate responses to emergencies just like what she had experienced in Davao City.

“In Quezon City, we have 122 for different emergencies pero hindi pa ito ganu’n kapulido. We still have to enhance it. We can make sure that every concern is immediately addressed and everyone who encounters mishaps in Quezon City can access it anytime,” she added.

Belmonte also mentioned the city’s anti-catcalling ordinance and urged women to report to authorities whenever they experience being catcalled within the city’s territorial jurisdiction.

Belmonte is fully aware of women ignoring such derogatory innuendos and degrading remarks but urged them that such derogatory remarks are uncalled for and are now punishable under local laws.

She vowed to endlessly work and campaign against any form of abusive acts committed against women.

Quezon City was recently awarded by Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for its gender-responsive governance and comprehensive programs on gender and development.