7 August 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will be meeting with the League of Provinces, Cities, and Municipalities later this afternoon to discuss the implementation of the ARTA-DICT-DILG-DHSUD-DPWH-CAAP-DOH-FDA Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1, s. 2020 or the Streamlined Guidelines for the Issuance of Permits, Licenses and Certificates for the Construction of Shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructures (PTTIs).

Further, ARTA and the Local Government Units will be discussing the government thrust to address the challenges and concerns of Common Tower Providers and Independent Tower Companies of Mobile Network Operators.

ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica, DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing DICT Assistant Secretary Alan Silor, and Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, will be attending the meeting with other representatives from the Metro Manila Councilors League, National Government of Young Legislators, League of Cities of the Philippines, and Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines via online platform Zoom.

Previously, Director General Jeremiah Belgica announced that ARTA will be declaring the automatic approval of pending license, clearance, permit, certification, or authorization applications of telecommunication companies for the installation and operation of telecommunication broadcast towers, facilities, equipment, and service which have exceeded the prescribed seven-day processing period and with complete requirements.

“We want to remind everyone that the submitted applications with the LGUs that have been pending are deemed automatically approved by law if unacted upon within 7 working days from its complete submission and payment of all required fees. There is no more choice for the LGUs or NGAs but to issue the appropriate permits because it was already approved by Congress itself. This is specifically mentioned in Sec 15 of the RA11032. Refusal to follow this very clear provision of the law will lead to Admin and Criminal Cases to be filed. Kaya sumunod po tayong lahat!”, the ARTA czar emphasized.

In relation to this, ARTA is set to sign another Joint Memorandum Circular with DILG in the coming days for the creation of a task force that will be conducting a joint investigation in the monitoring of the compliance of the local government officials with the prescribed processing time for applications from the telecommunications sector.