Taiwan to help Palau ramp up surveillance

Taiwan to help Palau ramp up surveillance

Republic of China – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. marched on the red carpet during the latter’s official state visit in Taiwan. Photo by Presidential Office of Republic of China (Taiwan)

Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch said that the Taiwan government has agreed to shoulder the cost for the installment of CCTV cameras in Palau in support of the country’s bid to enhance its surveillance and security operations.

Oilouch, who had just visited Taiwan last week to personally learn about CCTV technology and systems used by Taiwan’s law enforcement agencies, told the media that CCTVs will be installed in some areas of Koror and Airai, the most populated states in Palau.

As soon as Palau’s Ministry of Justice and relevant agency in Taiwan come up with the best fit for the project’s implementation in Palau, Oilouch said that the installation will soon begin.

­Oilouch shared that during his visit, he had the chance to see how the police department and fire department of Taichung and Keelung cities operate, in respective aspects of security operations, using their advance technology.

A committee comprised of relevant agencies in Palau was previously created to conduct a study and come up with recommendations on where to place these CCTVs.

IT Technicians of both countries are currently working together to identify the best system for Palau.

According to Oilouch, although Taiwan will shoulder the cost of technology and its installation, Palau will need to cover the cost incurred during the actual utilization of the technology.

“We also have a cost with the fiber optics, that part, is also costly but that cost has to be assumed by Palau government because every year, the government will have to pay for its use of the fiber,” Oilouch said.

“Taiwan government has assist us to procure these cameras and install them on the streets of Palau or other locations where there are more criminal activities, or where the people would gather late at night,” Oilouch further said, expressing that the technology will help Palau in its surveillance operations. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

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