85 LGUs allow faster Internet network
Local government units nationwide matched Globe’s aggressive push to improve the Internet. Some 85 LGUs, including those in the Visayas and Mindanao, granted 190 permits to build cell towers.
Globe credited the fast pace of granting permits to the need for fast Internet this New Normal. The LGUs realized this with many constituents working from home while students go distance learning.
The LGUs also complied with the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01 s. 2020. The order came from several government agencies like the Department of Information, Communication, and Technology (DICT), the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG), and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).
“With the JMC, we see that LGUs working together with telcos to improve connectivity. Even the LGUs themselves are following up the status of our permits. They are eager to know how soon we can start the installation of cell towers,” Joel Agustin. He is the Globe Senior Vice President for Program Development, Network Technical Group.
Visayas cell towers
The dynamic LGUs include the cities of Cebu, Toledo, and Bogo in Cebu island. Victorias and Sta. Barbara towns in Negros Occidental. Dumaguete City and San Jose in Negros Oriental also gave the go signal.
The list includes Roxas City in Capiz; Barotac Nuevo and Calinog in Iloilo; and Babatngon in Leyte. Brookespoint and Puerto Princesa in Palawan; and Kalibo and Tibiao in Panay.
Globe Statement for Bohol
Bohol is one of Globe’s key areas for cellsite builds and upgrades. At the beginning of the pandemic, we did encounter certain challenges on permits and power lines that slowed down our network-related activities in the area.
With the renewed commitment of the LGU led by Governor Arthur Yap, we are now given permission to resume work on the network projects. Our technical team are already on ground undergoing the required quarantine protocols before they can proceed safely.
Globe is ramping up its network expansion and upgrades in Bohol to enable our customers with good connectivity in the area.
Mindanao cell towers
Network rollouts will immediately start in three Mindanao cities. Butuan City in Agusan Del Norte granted a permit. So did Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur and Cagayan De Oro City in Misamis Oriental.
Globe also identified Davao City; Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao; and Pikit in Cotabato. Then there are Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental and Monkayo, Davao De Oro.
“We are very grateful for the support given by these local government units,” said Agustin.
Globe is an ally of LGUs, especially during this time of the pandemic. We help as they look for ways to better serve their constituents in the new normal, he added.
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Morever, 40 LGUs nationwide removed the need for a permit from the Sanggunian Bayan. In the Visayas, these LGUs included Dumaguete, Bacolod, and Mandaue cities. In Mindanao, Maramag and Ozamis also did the same.
“We expect more LGUs to support us. At the end of the day, they can best serve their constituents this way during the New Normal,” Agustin added.