CELL TOWER PERMITS: LGUs scored for added requirements

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    Globe Telecom Inc. has asked the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) to remind several local government units (LGUs) to fast-track the issuance of permits for building new cell sites in the country.

    Globe said several LGUs in the National Capital Re ion, Negros Oriental, Bulacan, Cebu, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur and Cagayan still require locational clearances, conformity to local zoning ordinances, Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution, Neighbors Consent and Barangay Resolution in granting permits. But these are no longer required under the Bayanihan Act 2.

    “We need to move forward as demand for connectivity continues to build up and for us to do this, we need the full cooperation and support of all LGUs,” Froilan Castelo, Globe general counsel, said.

    The Bayanihan Act 2 fast-tracking the issuance of permits for telco infrastructure builds was the shot in the arm for the industry to better its services. The law also slashed the number of local and national permits needed to construct new towers across the country.

    As of December 2020, Globe has built 10,395 cell towers in its portfolio. The ramped-up builds were made possible through the Bayanihan Act 2 and the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01 s. 2020 signed by ARTA and other government agencies that mandated the easing of permitting processes.

    Globe also asked the LGUs to have a one-stop shop for permitting concerns in their respective municipal or city halls as soon as possible.

    “We wish that other LGUs, which until now didn’t have a one-stop shop for permitting concerns in their respective municipal or city halls, will also comply as soon as possible.

    By doing so, we can also extend to our customers the improvements in our call, SMS and browsing service that we have implemented in other areas of the country,” explained Castelo.