Some LGUs fail to reduce permitting process on tower rollout


Globe Telecom Inc. asked the Anti-Red Tape Authority to remind some local government units in Metro Manila and other provinces to comply with the Bayanihan Act 2.

The telecom unit of the Ayala Group said several LGUs in the National Capital Region, Negros Oriental, Bulacan, Cebu, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur and Cagayan should be reminded that locational clearances, conformity to local zoning ordinances, Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution, neighbors consent and barangay resolution requirements were no longer needed in granting permits to build new cell sites.

These permits were no longer required under the Bayanihan Act 2, according to Globe.

It said Bayanihan Act 2 reduced the number of local and national permits needed to construct new towers across the country.

“We commend several of our local government units who have followed to the letter the provisions of Bayanihan Act 2. 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,” Globe general counsel Froilan Castelo said.

“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,” he said.

“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,” Castelo said.

Several LGUs in Palawan, Nueva Ecija, Negros Oriental, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Quezon, Batangas, Cavite and Ifugao set up their respective one-stop shops last year.

Makati, Manila, Marikina, and Mandaluyong in Metro Manila; and Calamba in Laguna were also among the forward-looking LGUs complying with the provisions, according to Globe.

Globe said since the implementation of the Bayanihan Act 2, it saw a marked increase in the number of issued permits for tower builds.

Globe built 10,395 cell towers as of end-2020.

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