The former head of the Baguio City’s Police Station 2 clarified last week that the installation of high-end closed circuit television technology (CCTV) in the police district was initiated during his term, not during the term of current station head S/Insp. Arlene Abastillas.
“This is not a case of sour-graping but to put the record straight,” said C/Insp. Watson Sagorsor, who is now based in Camp Crame general headquarters.
Sagorsor said as head of police Station 2 last year, it was he who requested the general manager and board of directors of the Benguet Electric Cooperative for the installation of six units of CCTVs in the district’s crime prone areas.
Sagorsor, in his letters said installation of the CCTVs could help his men monitor and respond immediately to street crimes in red light areas.
His request was endorsed by the coop’s peace and order committee headed by Guisad Central Punong Barangay Ferdy Bayasen and comprised of 22 other punong barangays.
The committee resolution said the CCTVs would also help the station respond to traffic bottlenecks in its jurisdiction.
Sagorsor said it was unfortunate that when Beneco decided to install the units, he was promoted and had to be assigned to headquarters. He was replaced by Abastillas who was honored last month by Camp Crame as one of the country’s top policewomen.
The CCTVs were set up at the Agrix area, Camdas, Slaughterhouse compound, M. Roxas-Rimando intersection and the junction of Naguilian and Buhagan roads.
It was earlier reported that it was during Abastillas’ term that the CCTV system was installed in areas covered by Station 2.
In fairness to her, there was no mention of her claiming credit for the acquisition of the CCTVs.