15 July 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) held an interagency meeting on the NEHEMIA Program with the telecommunications sector today. NEHEMIA or the National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies is the flagship program of ARTA which is a sectoral-based streamlining effort directed towards reducing the time, cost, requirements, and procedures in sectors of economic and social significance.

Present in the meeting held online were ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica, Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Director Alfonso Maralli, Department of Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran and Director Angelica Sarmiento, and Department of Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag, among others.

During said meeting, the participants discussed the updates and held a working session for the finalization of the draft Joint Memorandum Circular titled “Prescribing the Streamlined Guidelines for the Issuance of Permits, Licenses and Certificates for the Construction of Shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructures (PTTIs)”. This, among others, will aim to reduce the requirements and processing time for securing permits for Common Towers from 8-9 months to less than 30 days.

The common towers and interconnectivity sector is among the sectors targeted for the first phase of the program along with the housing, food and pharmaceutical, logistics, and energy sectors.