Globe commended several local government units (LGUs) that have been vital in authorizing the provision of 1,857 permits since July until November this year, which enabled the company to fast-track its aggressive network expansion plans.
“Previously, we needed to wait and spend years to complete at least 29 permits. But with the help of the Bayanihan To Recover as One Act, LGUs are now enabled to become more open and supportive of our network roll-outs especially in the past weeks,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe General Counsel.
Among the ways the LGUs had contributed in expediting telco’s network expansion through the establishment of “one stop shop” for permitting requirements that cuts off time-consuming processes in issuing build permits.
Now, Globe’s network expansion program is being felt in several LGUs, some of which are in Makati, Manila, Marikina, and Mandaluyong in Metro Manila; Calamba in Laguna; Tagaytay in Cavite; and Legazpi in Albay. Incidentally, these LGUs have installed one stop shops for permits of telcos.
Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, Pateros and San Juan, Lucena, Naga, Lipa, Tarlac, Olongapo, Botolan, La Trinidad, San Antonio, Guimba, Carranglan, Nampicuan, San Leonardo, Baliuag and Norzagaray have also been very helpful in Globe’s bid to fast track its network expansion.
Similarly, Kidapawan, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria and Aurora in Mindanao; and Toledo City, Panglao, Ubay, Concepcion, Tanauan, San Miguel, Cabatauan, Sta. Rita, San Jose and San Isidro LGUs in Visayas have also responded positively to the government’s directive to ease their permitting process.
In a bid to improve connectivity, Globe has laid out a 3-pronged strategy, including aggressive cell site builds; upgrading all cell sites to 4G/LTE; and fast tracking the fiberization of Filipino homes nationwide.