The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured telecommunications companies (telcos) that they could acquire the permits to set up more cell towers with the signing of the joint memorandum circular (JMC) by concerned government agencies.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the agreement will fast track the requirements and processing time needed to build permit applications on common telecommunications towers in less than a month, compared to the tedious six to seven months.

This will also involve disregarding resolutions from the homeowners’ associations, city, and municipal resolutions and all other processes that delay the acquisition of permits.

The agreement follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate in his 5th State of Nation Address (SONA) to telcos to improve their service by December.

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