DICT Lauds Expedited Processing of Permits for Telco, ICT Infra Construction Under EO No. 32
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through Secretary Ivan John E. Uy, welcomed the issuance of Executive Order (EO) No. 32 by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. last 05 July 2023.
Under the EO, the following improvements were introduced:
- The process of applying for permits for the construction, installation, repair, maintenance, and operation of Shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructure (PTTIs) and the erection and installation of passive infrastructures (e. g. aerial and underground cables and underground fiber ducts) has become streamlined. All covered applications not acted upon within the prescribed period as provided in existing laws, shall be deemed approved provided that the requirements have been met and the fees have been paid accordingly. One-stop shops for construction permits will also be established by local government units to fast-track their ICT infrastructure-building services
- No other national or local permit or clearance shall be required in the construction of telecommunications and internet infrastructure except for the following: a) Building Permit issued by the Office of the Building Official; b) Height Clearance Permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines; c) Homeowners and other community clearances; d) clearances from other government agencies, when applicable; and e) other requirements mandated by the Constitution and existing laws.
- A Technical Working Group on Telecommunications and Internet Infrastructure is to be established as an oversight body to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the measure. Headed by the DICT, the TWG is tasked to craft the implementing rules and regulations of the Order within sixty days from its effectivity.
Secretary Uy lauded the EO for being a crucial step towards the goal of attaining a digitally inclusive nation. The EO effectively removed the roadblocks that impede the provision of safe and reliable connectivity to all Filipinos.
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