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The bicameral conference committee on the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2) approved to temporarily suspend specific permits for the installation and operation of cell towers in the Philippines, according to Senator Franklin Drilon.

A provision under Bayanihan 2 seeks “to suspend certain permits, except the building permit” for three years to harmonize the conflict between the Senate and House versions of the proposed bill, said Drilon. He added that a referendum supervised by the barangay council could be called upon the subdivision to decide on the issue if homeowners’ associations still block telco towers.

For a single tower to be built in a subdivision, barangay, or town, about 29 to 35 documentary requirements and permits are needed, which became “the biggest stumbling block for more reliable and faster Internet and telecommunication services in the country,” Drilon added.

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