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Malls in Davao told to follow security rules




Posted on September 26, 2013


DAVAO CITY -- Shopping mall owners have to follow the stringent security measures provided by an order issued by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, or face closure and revocation of their business permits.

The city government has increased to P3 million from P2 million the reward money for the arrest of those responsible in the Sept. 16 cinema bombings.

Mr. Duterte’s executive order 24 requires all shopping malls and commercial centers in the city to install, operate and maintain high-definition CCTVs (closed-circuit television) cameras positioned within the eye level of a person with average height.

The order also mandates mall security guards to conduct a body search and inspection of all persons entering their premises. Those wearing caps, helmets, hats, headgears, bonnets and dark-lens sunglasses will be asked to remove those accessories for proper inspection and identification. People who refused to be subjected to the inspection shall be denied entry to the premises.

“If they scold you, kick them out and if you don’t do that I will be the one to kick you,” Mr. Duterte said. Section 8 of the order said the Davao City Police Office would implement such policy.

“(It) also requires the installation of CCTV cameras at the entrance and exit points of each of the movie houses as well as common hallways leading to all comfort rooms,” city police chief Roland M. Dela Rosa said.

Mr. Duterte has given all concerned establishments “within the week” to comply. -- CAC