22 February 2021 – The Philippines climbed from 111th to 86th this year in terms of internet speed according to global internet tester and analyst, Ookla, surpassing Russia and Malaysia this year.

Last July 2020, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) in coordination with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and other government agencies, virtually signed and issued a joint memorandum circular (JMC) entitled “Streamlined Guidelines for the Issuance of Permits, Licenses and Certificates for the Construction of Shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructures (PTTIs) that prescribes the streamlined processes and requirements in the application of permits, licenses, and clearances for the construction of Shared PTTIs that will be constructed by Mobile Network Operators and Independent Tower Companies duly registered with the DICT, in order to facilitate the accelerated rollout of telecommunication infrastructure and service projects.

The JMC has cut the processing time from nine months to just sixteen days.

“The issuance of the JMC by ARTA, DICT, and other agencies, which streamlined the permits system and reduced the processing time from 8 to 9 months to not more than 16 days was indeed a concerted effort by the government and private entities as we all sought to heed the President’s call for faster internet speed for the Filipino People,” the ARTA czar said. He also recognized the contribution of the private sector in making this progress.

“Moreso, Bayanihan 2 has even streamlined and pushed this same initiative further when it set at a minimum what permits and licenses may be required from telco companies building their cell site,” Director General Belgica added

A supplemental JMC will be issued in the coming days to harmonize the provisions and clarify the application of the first JMC as it is implemented together with the Bayanihan 2 provisions.

“Madami pa po tayong kailangan gawin at ayusin. At sa munting tagumpay na ito ay ipagpapatuloy natin ang pag-monitor ng pagsunod ng lahat ng LGUs at ahensya ng gobyerno sa direktiba ng ating Pangulo na pasimplehin ang proseso at pabilisin ang internet speed sa bansa,” stated Director General Belgica.