President Rodrigo Duterte gave an order to local government officials that processing of permits for telecommunication companies (telcos) that wish to build towers should only be up to three days.
In an online briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque echoed Duterte’s call to local officials, particularly municipal and city councils, to “act on” pending applications for permits.
“Eto po’y may kinalaman dun nga sa kaniyang reklamo na kinakailangan talagang mapabuti yung ating cellular service,” Roque said.
Roque noted that the sooner city and municipal officials do their part in cutting red tape in the process of approving permits, the sooner telco services would have the opportunity to upgrade their services.
“So panawagan po sa lahat ng mga konseho sa buong Pilipinas, kung kayo naman po’y hindi kasama sa [enhanced community quarantine], kinakailangan po aktuhan lahat ng mga application ng telecoms company at iba pang mga kumpanya within three days,” he said
The law mandates government agencies to process simple transactions within three working days, complex transactions within seven working days, and highly-technical transactions in 20 working days.
In his public address on Sunday, Duterte ordered local government officials to release necessary papers, such as ordinances, within three days or face prosecution.
“The clock is ticking except on the days we do not hold office, I will count the 72 hours weekdays. Tapos, for example it has been there on Monday, then two to three days, should be on Thursday. If you fail to do that, I am directing Fiscal Yang to file the case immediately with the department or sa ano,” he said.