Of the total, 37 were given in record time by 17 local government units in compliance with the joint circular issued by the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, Anti-Red Tape Authority and other government agencies for improved connectivity
“Even the LGUs themselves are following up the status of our permits and how soon we can start the installation of cell towers in their respective municipalities and cities,” said Joel Agustin, Globe SVP for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group.
Agustin said the joint circular whose aim is to shorten the processing of requirements and construction of common towers in the country from the previous average of 200 days to only 16 days has helped Globe to fasttrack the procurement of permits.
The LGUs which granted Globe early permits include Agoo, Bangued, Binalonan, Sto. Domingo and Vigan in Northern Luzon; San Pablo, Sto. Tomas, San Jose, Mendez, Rosario and Magdalena in Southern Tagalog; Las Pinas; Angono and Teresa in Rizal; Victorias and Sta. Barbara in Visayas and Butuan in Mindanao.
Agustin revealed that additional permits were obtained to start the construction of cell sites in Bauang in La Union; Sta. Lucia in Ilocos Sur; Bangued and Lagangilang in Abra; Lingayen, Binmaley, San Carlos, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Urdaneta, San Jacinto, and Villasis in Pangasinan; Calamba, San Pedro and Santa Rosa in Laguna; Lipa, Lemery, Calatagan and Mabini in Batangas; Silang, Alfonso, Cavite City, Dasmarinas and Bacoor in Cavite; Pasig City, Manila, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Caloocan, San Juan and Pasay in Metro Manila; Bamban, Santa Ignacia, Tarlac City, Capas and Paniqui in Tarlac; Pulilan, Guiguinto, Meycauayan, Sta. Maria, Marilao and Malolos in Bulacan; Cabanatuan and Zaragoza in Nueva Ecija; Solano in Nueva Vizcaya; Apalit and Magalang in Pampanga; San Felipe in Zambales; Sto. Domingo in Albay; Candelaria in Quezon; and Antipolo City and Angono in Rizal.
Globe likewise secured permits in Dumaguete City and San Jose in Negros Oriental; Roxas City in Capiz; Barotac Nuevo and Calinog in Iloilo; Babatngon in Leyte; Brookespoint and Puerto Princesa in Palawan; Kalibo and Tibiao in Panay; and Bogo and Cebu City in Cebu.
A significant number of additional sites will also be installed in Pagadian; Cagayan De Oro; Davao City; Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao; Pikit in Cotabato; Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental; and Monkayo, Davao De Oro in Mindanao.