Gov't: Don't worry re ₱21-billion CCTV deal with China

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) defended its $396.8-million emergency response and monitoring system contract with a Chinese firm that raised security concerns.

$396,800,000 is equal to ₱21,007,800,000.00

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año downplayed security concerns raised by lawmakers, saying the DILG will undertake necessary measures to protect data in the planned surveillance system.

“The public doesn’t have to worry about data breaches in the project as there will be no storage of classified data or information inimical to national security in the CCTV system,” Año said.

State-owned China International Telecommunications and Construction Corp. won the contract for the installation of a vast network of security cameras under the first phase of the project titled Safe Philippines.

SOURCE: Romina Cabrera (2018). DILG defends $396-million CCTV system deal with China firm. The Philippine Star. December 15, 2018 at 12:00am. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/12/15/1877118/dilg-defends-396-million-cctv-system-deal-china-firm The Philippine Department of the Interior and Local Government (Filipino: Kagawaran ng Interyor at Pamahalaang Lokal), abbreviated as DILG, is the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for promoting peace and order, ensuring public safety and strengthening local government capability aimed towards the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry. The DILG Building (right) beside the yet to be completed The Skysuites Tower (left), Quezon Avenue, EDSA

The department is currently led by the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, nominated by the President of the Philippines and confirmed by the Commission on Appointments. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet. The current Secretary of the Interior and Local Government is Former AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año.

SOURCE: Department of the Interior and Local Government. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_the_Interior_and_Local_Government

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