By Adrian M. Reodique
Jan. 19, 2017
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will draft policies to streamline the issuance of permits in local government units (LGUs) for building cellular sites in the Philippines.
According to the report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the meeting between NTC and DILG officials addressed the persisting issue of telecommunication companies on the application of permits before being allowed to build cell sites.
In a previous hearing, telcos said an average of 25 permits from LGUs are needed to establish one cell site. It usually takes around eight months to process the permits, and another three months to build the cell site.
The policies thus aim to expedite the building of cell sites so that consumers can immediately experience improvements in internet speed and mobile connectivity.