The Mandaluyong City Council has addressed the complaint of telecommunications giant Globe against Barangay Plainview which passed a resolution barring the company from building cell sites in the said village.
Globe, in a statement on July 6, called the attention of Barangay Plainview for the issuance of Resolution No. 33, passed in 2019, that prohibited the building of cell sites within its jurisdiction and hindered Globe's expansion and provision of its services.
Mandaluyong Councilor Roehl Bacar said applications for building telecommunications towers do not need to secure a building permit, fire safety evaluation clearance, barangay clearance, or locational clearance."
He said they reviewed the relevant laws and found that the barangay resolution has been superseded by Republic Act Nos. 11469 (2020) and 11494 (2020) and Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 (s. 2020).
He added they have issued a city resolution iterating the provisions of the JMC on streamlining the processes and requirements pertaining to application of permits, licenses, and clearances for the construction of telecommunication poles, underground conduit/fiber optic cables, and shared passive telecommunications tower infrastructure.
"In the same City Resolution, we highlighted that under the JMC (Joint Memorandum Circular), Sangguniang Panlungsod/Bayan Resolution and Sangguniang Barangay/Barangay Council Resolution shall not be required from applicants in securing a Building Permit, Fire Safety Evaluation Clearance, Barangay Clearance, or Locational Clearance,” he said.
Further, Bacar said that "it is unfortunate that such a Barangay Resolution was issued.”
“Our office will mediate and help resolve any misunderstandings between Barangay Plainview’s Council and Globe Telecom, Inc. in order to arrive at a solution beneficial to all concerned within the bounds of law,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte previously tasked relevant agencies to make sure that there is improvement of digital infrastructure in the country.—AOL, GMA News