Cebu bridges now equipped with ‘state-of-the-art’ traffic, security monitoring system

THE Mandaue and Marcelo Fernan Bridges in Cebu are now equipped with the ‘state-of-the-art’ Traffic and Security Monitoring System (TSMS) with its ceremonial “switching on” recently at the Marcelo Fernan Bridge Mini Park in Lapulapu City.

The system consists of eight (8) multipixel CCTV cameras, sets of monitoring equipment and facilities that include high-speed computers, wide-screen LCDs. Two (2) CCTV cameras are installed above and under each bridge and each camera has a tilt and pan of 360 degrees with a 100-meter zooming capabilities.

These equipment and facilities are housed at the newly-refurbished Regional Maritime Office (RMO-7) located at the Marcelo Fernan Bridge Mini-Park (under the bridge).

In her message during the ceremonial “switching on,” Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia proudly extolled the members of the Mactan-Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB) and also recognized the multi-sector collaboration of local government units of Cordova, Mandaue City and Lapulapu City, the donors and advertisers, some national government agencies and the PNP in “creating a collective will for the MCBMB to acquire and install the Traffic and Security Monitoring System in the two bridges.”

“Misulbong ang akong garbo, for all the men and women of the Bridge Board who come together and affix our imprimatur to create the MCBMB,” Garcia said.

The Governor added that it was not an easy task. There was no other choice but to work collectively to secure the two bridges from vandals and thieves and to monitor accidents and other untoward incidents at the bridges.

“What we have accomplished tonight costs us P1.8-million that consists of CCTV cameras and other monitoring equipment that will provide protection and security for the bridges as well as to protect our donors’ tarps, billboards and other facilities of the various utilities that are using the bridges,” Garcia said.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes on the other hand said, “it is indeed a collective commitment of all LGU to provide security of every life within our jurisdiction, including the Bridges.”

“Today, we are blessed that Cebu is now equipped with a digital electronic monitoring system to keep Cebu secure 24 hours,” Mayor Cortes added.

Lapu-lapu City Vice-Mayor Mario Amores read Mayor Radaza’s message that actually reiterated the city’s “commitment to ensure the safety of the sojourning public.

“With the latest state-of-the-art monitoring system at the bridges, we are achieving a world class City worthy to become an economic gateway of the Philippines,” the mayor’s message read.

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