Friday, October 19, 2012

CCTV Patrol

ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol officially launches its new segment ‘CCTV Patrol (Concerned Citizens Taking Videos)’ last October 14, 2012 through a Bloggers Conference.  

The segment aims to empower the society and public through ‘citizen journalism’. The event was graced by ABS-CBN’s  News Director Ging Reyes, Former Vice President Kabayan Noli De Castro via Skype from Cagayan de Oro City and facilitated by News Reporter Atom Araullo.

‘CCTV Patrol’ will feature videos & photos of anything catchy, significant, remarkable, or news breaking that needs calling out attention be in the neighborhood or in a community captured and recorded by mounted CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, mobile phones, or any recording gadgets sent by ordinary citizens.

Kabayan said that the segment will enable and have ordinary citizens engaged in determining the day’s headlines.  Many videos they receive and report highlight crimes and negative issues that need police intervention.

To Date, many of those contributions to “CCTV Patrol” have led to some of the biggest stories that hit the headlines and revolutionized broadcast journalism in terms of reaching audiences and giving them the opportunity to influence and contribute to the news cycle.

To protect the credibility of the segment and to avoid abuse of sending misleading or inaccurate information, Verification of the news and the sender is required.

 The validation could last up to 24 hours. Gusto namin na totoo ang video, hindi siya gawa-gawa lamang, and verified 'yung source’ Ging Reyes said.

This is actually a good step for ordinary citizens and not just those who are active in the social media like us to be involved in what’s happening now in our country. In little ways like taking videos, be good or bad news, we can help in spreading information. It may alarm others for doing bad things and may inspire some for doing something good for the community.

Let us all be alert and vigilant. Let’s take part in doing what is good for our country instead of always complaining and blaming others.

Send your videos and still photos to or post them on or to @bayanmo on Twitter.
TV Patrol will be airing a maximum of 3 videos or photos each night.

Here are some shots from the event.
By the way, I got a lot of text messages telling me they saw me on TV when this was aired. Cool!