The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is finalizing terms on its memorandum circular (MC) that reduces the processing time to secure permits for common cell towers in the Philippines to less than a month.

The MC is titled “Prescribing the streamlined guidelines for the issuance of permits, licenses, and certificates for the construction of shared passive telecommunications tower Infrastructures.”

The MC complies with the shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructures (PTTIs) policy which mandates local and central government units and other concerned agencies to follow the prescribed maximum period for the issuance of necessary permits, clearances, and certifications provided under the “Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018” or Republic Act 9485.

The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) also aims to shorten the redundant permitting requirements in constructing a common tower by 50% to fast-track the network construction, which would soon improve the coverage and quality of telecom services in the country.

The DICT targets to increase the number of towers up to 50,000 in the next five to ten years.

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