ARTA expects Marcos to ink EO to hasten building of telco towers

Lady Vicencio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 19 2023 06:30 PM

MANILA - The Anti-Red Tape Authority said it hopes President Ferdinand Marcos Jr will sign an executive order that will fast-track applications for the building of telco towers.

A Joint Memorandum Circular was approved by the previous administration during the COVID-19 pandemic but it is set to expire this September. 

ARTA Director General Secretary Ernesto Perez said it is important to institutionalize a faster application process to build and energize telco towers.

“I am very confident that with the support of the private sector, we will see the President signing [this order] because we have already submitted the final draft,” Perez said. 

The joint memorandum circular with different government agencies reduced requirements for tower infrastructures from 30 permits to 8.
It also reduced the documentary requirements from 86 to 35.

This cut turnaround time from 241 working days to just 60 working days.

Perez also encouraged the private sector to report LGUs who fail to deliver within the prescribed period.

“When it is difficult to deal with the government because there is red tape, there is corruption,” Perez said.

ARTA held a press briefing and workshop on the matter at Globe Telecom Tower in Taguig City Friday morning.

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