Globe gets 190 LGU permits in 1 month

Published September 11, 2020, 7:00 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Globe Telecom Inc. gets a boost for its expansion after hauling in 190 permits from 85 local government units (LGUs) in one month, this August.

Of the 190 permits granted, ranging from Bangued, Northern Luzon to Butuan City, Northeastern Mindanao, 37 were given in record time by 17 local government units.

The telco commended the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01 s. 2020 for fast-tracking the permits.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, Anti-Red Tape Authority and other government agencies signed the JMC to cut red tape.

“With the implementation of the JMC, LGUs are actively working together with telcos to improve connectivity,” observed Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group.

“Even the LGUs themselves are following up the status of our permits and how soon we can start the installation of cell towers in their municipalities and cities,” he noted.

The LGUs which granted Globe early permits include Agoo, Bangued, Binalonan, Sto. Domingo and Vigan in Northern Luzon; San Pablo, Sto. Tomas, San Jose, Mendez, Rosario and Magdalena in Southern Tagalog; Las Pinas; Angono and Teresa in Rizal; Victorias and Sta. Barbara in Visayas and Butuan in Mindanao.

Globe obtained additional permits to build cell sites in Bauang in La Union; Sta. Lucia in Ilocos Sur; Bangued and Lagangilang in Abra; Lingayen, Binmaley, San Carlos, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Urdaneta, San Jacinto, and Villasis in Pangasinan; Calamba, San Pedro and Santa Rosa in Laguna; Lipa, Lemery, Calatagan and Mabini in Batangas; Silang, Alfonso, Cavite City, Dasmarinas and Bacoor in Cavite; Pasig City, Manila, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Caloocan, San Juan and Pasay in Metro Manila; Bamban, Santa Ignacia, Tarlac City, Capas and Paniqui in Tarlac; Pulilan, Guiguinto, Meycauayan, Sta. Maria, Marilao and Malolos in Bulacan; Cabanatuan and Zaragoza in Nueva Ecija; Solano in Nueva Vizcaya; Apalit and Magalang in Pampanga; San Felipe in Zambales; Sto. Domingo in Albay; Candelaria in Quezon; and Antipolo City and Angono in Rizal.

The telco also received the go signal to build cell sites in Dumaguete City and San Jose in Negros Oriental; Roxas City in Capiz; Barotac Nuevo and Calinog in Iloilo; Babatngon in Leyte; Brookespoint and Puerto Princesa in Palawan; Kalibo and Tibiao in Panay; and Bogo and Cebu City in Cebu.

Globe will likewise install a significant number of additional sites in Pagadian; Cagayan De Oro; Davao City; Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao; Pikit in Cotabato; Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental; and Monkayo, Davao De Oro in Mindanao.

Globe’s network rollouts were further boosted further when a number of LGUs scrapped the requirement for Sangguniang Bayan permits.

These are the LGUs of San Jose, Sto. Tomas, Lipa, Cuenca, Taal, Tanauan, Lobo, Mataas na Kahoy and Calaca in Batangas; Sta. Cruz, Los Banos and Cabuyao in Laguna; Mendez, Rosario, Noveleta, Carmona, Alfonso and General Trias in Cavite; Las Pinas; Morong, Baras, Teresa, Tanay and Cardona in Rizal; Magalang, Pampanga; Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; Cabanatuan and Nampicuan in Nueva Ecija; Sta. Maria and San Mateo in Bulacan; San Jose, Tarlac; Cauayan, Luna, Cabatuan and Ilagan in Isabela; Dumaguete, Bacolod City and Mandaue in Visayas; and Maramag and Ozamis in Mindanao.

At least 40 LGUs have already removed the Sangguniang Bayan requirement in their permitting process.

“The JMC’s aim to shorten processing of requirements and construction of common towers from 200 days to 16 days really helped us,” Agustin concluded.