President Duterte dismissed the belief that cell towers could cause cancer, citing that he has been living near on facility for years. “I stay near a tower, you can ask the people here. I can even see the red blinkers,” he shared.
The said belief is linked to the misinformation that cell towers generate harmful radiation. In addition, with the approaching launch of 5G in the Philippines, there are claims that the new generation mobile technology poses risks to animals and humans.
Duterte’s statement came amid the government’s push to speed up the processing of telco permits from 200 days down to 16 days. The president called on local government units (LGUs) to fast-track the telco permits that are needed to improve connectivity in the Philippines. He criticized the bloated requirements imposed by LGUs that delay the construction of telco towers.