MANILA, Philippines – “Sana po... ang buong Pilipinas ay matulungan natin sa gamit ng CCTV Patrol,” TV Patrol anchor Noli de Castro said earlier this afternoon about the program’s new segment.
CCTV Patrol, which aims to empower and engage citizens in determining the day’s headlines, is an initiative that lets citizen journalists gather news content and information, and capitalizes on their access to social media and the latest technology.
The segment features photos and videos about anything significant, remarkable or bizarre in their communities, captured using mounted closed-circuit television cameras, cellphones and other gadgets, sent in by netizens.
According to TV Patrol anchor “Kabayan” Noli De Castro, a large chunk of videos received and reported in the newscast depict crimes that need police intervention.
“Sa pamamagitan ng CCTV Patrol, tinutulungan natin ang pulisya. Wala na silang excuse na hindi ma-resolba ang krimen,” he said.
Some of the most notable videos shown in CCTV Patrol include the robbery of alleged fugitives of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Manila and an LBC outlet in Parañaque. After the report by Zyann Ambrosio was aired in September, the police received text messages detailing information about the suspects.
CCTV footage of several men kicking and pointing a gun at a man inside his own home also went viral online after it was aired on CCTV Patrol in August. Afterwards, the police identified the suspects as members of an “akyat-bahay gang” and were later captured.
According to Ging Reyes, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Division Head, citizen journalists can send in any video; it will be up to the news staff to verify them, particularly the citizen journalism arm Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo.
“Kahit nariyan na ang video, ang pag-vet ay kailangan para ma-verify na naganap nga ito. Hindi ito agad gagamitin na breaking news hangga’t hindi pa verified,” she said.
She added that the segment does not intentionally only show the dark side of society, and focus on crimes and “negative” occurrences.
“Marami lang na ipinapadala ang mga Bayan Patroller ay negatibo,” she said. It will be up to the citizens and the authorities to give a positive ending to the said negative happenings.
Aside from helping authorities catch criminals, CCTV Patrol also aims to give recognition to everyday heroes who would not be known if not for citizens’ cameras catching them in action.
“Gusto nating makita ang kabayanihang hindi sadya,” De Castro said.