Globe Telecom hails the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) for further streamlining processes in the issuance of permits for the construction of telecommunications towers, whether built by independent tower companies (ITCs) or by telcos. The new directive is contained in the Revised JMC No. 01 series of 2021.
The expanded ARTA joint memorandum circular revised the previously issued JMC 1 series of 2020, to harmonize it with the provisions of Bayanihan 2. It required a unified application for building permits, locational and barangay clearances under a one-stop shop set up by Local Government Units (LGU). This encourages LGUs to promulgate ordinances consistent with Bayanihan 2.
“What ARTA has done is a shot in the arm for the industry, as it removes overregulation and cuts further bureaucratic red tape. This will mean faster network builds and upgrades, which in turn result in improved connectivity and better overall experience for our customers,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe General Counsel.
The revised ARTA memorandum circular also requires the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to publish the list of areas where height clearances are not required.
Aided by ARTA and Bayanihan 2 laws, Globe was able to secure 1,180 permits as of end-May this year despite the continuing pandemic which enabled the company to implement its aggressive site builds and network upgrades to meet the demands of our customers for better data experience and faster internet speed.
These laudable efforts bring the Philippines closer to achieving a #1stWorldNetwork.