On the first day of the Philippine Telecoms Summit, both the PLDT and Globe stated one of the biggest hurdles they faced when both of them needed to add infrastructures regarding their networks. Perhaps, the bureaucratic ‘red tape’ of the Local Government Units (LGUs), as well as the issues that they faced with the uncooperative home owners on several key areas.
Attended by top telecoms stakeholders, consumers, providers, and regulators to discuss how the country’s telecoms services can be improved, they apparently foresee that one of the solutions is to simply cut red tape.
According to Globe Chief Information & Technology Officer Gil Genio, this bureaucratic red tape causes a significant delay in securing various permits from the LGUs when it comes to the construction of telco infrastructure such as cell sites, taking at least 8 months and involves at least 25 permits.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), headed by Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima has announced that the processing time for both licenses and permits for putting up infrastructures necessary for telecommunications should only be seven days.
“Seven days – that should be the number of days to process licenses and permits for putting up infostructure and infrastructure necessary for telecommunications. Two more days may be given for the local chief executive to decide whether to approve or deny a permit, but if after that no decision has been made, the permit should be deemed approved.”
Salalima claimed that if everybody followed the seven day rule, the country should see improvements on telecoms services in just six months. He also said that he will be asking the president to craft an Executive Order (EO) to force LGUs to act on the licenses and permits needed in the time frame that has given.