DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) -- Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Atty. Jeremiah Belgica highlighted the current administration's achievements in streamlining procedures in government services, particularly in the construction of Shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructures (PTTI) during a virtual meeting organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
Speaking during the 11th PCOO-PIA Virtual Town Hall Meeting yesterday attended by local government units (LGUs), public information officers (PIOs), and youth leaders, Belgica announced that the ARTA and other government agencies such as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Department of Health (DOH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) reducing the number of days and requirements in applying for the necessary permits, licenses, clearances, certificates, and other requirements in constructing PTTIs.
"Dati sinasabi nila it's eight months to one year (ang application period). By virtue of Joint Memorandum Circular, na-reduce na po natin ang eight months to one year to 16 days at iyong sinasabi nilang documentary requirements na 86 ay ito na lamang po ay 35 documentary requirement gayundin po ang permits less than 10 permits na lang ang nire-require (Before they said application takes eight months to one year. By virtue of Joint Memorandum Circular, we have reduced that to 16 days. The documentary requirements, which was 86 before, was decreased to 35. Aside from this, we only need 10 permits)," Belgica explained.
"This is some concrete outputs ng administrasyon ng pangulo na ginagawa po natin dito (These are some of the concrete outputs of that this current administration has been doing)," he added.
Belgica underscored that the move is consistent with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month directing telecommunication companies to shape up and enhance internet connectivity throughout the country.
"Tamang-tama yung sinabi ni Pangulo noong nakaraang SONA na iniinstructan niya ang mga private company na dalian na ang pagtatayo ng mga tower dahil sa totoo lang ay napasimple na po natin ang mga proseso na dati ay mahaba (The President was right to instruct private company to fasttrack the construction of towers during his SONA. We have simplified the process which was burdensome in the past)," Belgica said.
He also disclosed plans to sit down with local chief executives and discuss measures to address the problems pertaining to the construction of common telecommunication towers.
"Mag-uusap tayo with DILG para i-gather ang mga LGUs na priority na tayuan ng common tower kasi kailangan po talagang mangyari ito. Sinabi ng Pangulo na dapat by December may malaking improvement na sa internet natin (With the help of DILG, I will gather all LGU officials in places identified as priority areas for the construction of common towers because we have to make this happen. The President already said that our country's internet connectivity must be improved by December)," Belgica told the participants of the forum.
Belgica bared that inter-connectivity is one of the agency's key thrusts in its inter-agency efforts against red tape.
The ARTA has a program called National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficiency Measures of Inter-Related Agencies (NEHEMIA) which addresses red tape issues in an inter-agency level.
Aside from interconnectivity, other key thrusts under NEHEMIA include logistics, socialized housing, food and pharma, and energy. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)