Representatives Fidel Nograles of Rizal Province and Ronnie Ong of Ang Probinsiyano Party-list urged the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to speed up the construction of cell towers in remote areas without Internet access amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Ong stressed the urgent need to invest and prioritize network infrastructures apart from the ‘Build Build Build’ program of the Duterte administration.

Nograles suggested that the government must fund the construction of cellular towers that could be leased by telecommunications companies to accelerate the process for the benefit of the public.

The DICT, however, reasoned that too many requirements prolong the construction of cell sites, compelling them to consider lessening by 50% the “redundant or duplicitous permitting” in the building of telco towers.

DICT Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Caintic revealed that the department is currently coordinating with the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and other government agencies to facilitate the permitting requirements and procedures.

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Representatives Fidel Nograles of Rizal Province and Ronnie Ong of Ang Probinsiyano Party-list urged the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to speed up the construction of cell towers in remote areas without Internet access amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Ong stressed the urgent need to invest and prioritize network infrastructures apart from the ‘Build Build Build’ program of the Duterte administration.

Nograles suggested that the government must fund the construction of cellular towers that could be leased by telecommunications companies to accelerate the process for the benefit of the public.

The DICT, however, reasoned that too many requirements prolong the construction of cell sites, compelling them to consider lessening by 50% the “redundant or duplicitous permitting” in the building of telco towers.

DICT Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Caintic revealed that the department is currently coordinating with the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and other government agencies to facilitate the permitting requirements and procedures.

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