BUS terminals in Cagayan de Oro City will soon be equipped with biometric readers that can record personal information of passengers.

After getting the nod of the City Council, a private company is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with the local government to install a biometric device that can record and store images of passengers at bus terminals.

Under the initial agreement, the final draft of which is still being worked at the City Legal Office, Mercatile Electronic Industries will set up the biometric readers at no cost to taxpayers.

To offset the cost of maintaining the devices, however, passengers will be charged P2 each. The minimal fee includes an accidental death insurance package.

Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, head of the committee on police, fire, and public safety, said he endorsed the idea seeing its security benefits — chief of which, he said, is deterrence against would-be terrorists.

The MOA is expected to be signed this week.

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