Globe Telecom Inc. is building cell towers in 24 more areas after local government units (LGUs) in Palawan, Nueva Ecija, Negros Oriental, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Cebu, Quezon, Batangas, Bulacan and Ifugao set up one-stop-shops to speed up permits.

Palawan has the most LGUs with one stop shops, five total – El Nido, Coron, Brooke’s Point, Bataraza and Aborlan.

This made it easier and faster for Globe to process applications and install new cell sites in their municipalities.

Nueva Ecija and Oriental Mindoro had four towns each easing their permit requirements.

These are Licab, Munoz, Cabiao and Talavera in Nueva Ecija; and Calapan, Puerto Galera, Bulalacao and Pola in Oriental Mindoro.

Negros Oriental has two progressive LGUs–Dumaguete City and Tanjay City while Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay; Toledo City in Cebu; Norzagaray in Bulacan; Lucena in Quezon and Balayan in Batangas.

Mamburao in Occidental Mindoro; San Juan City in Metro Manila; and Alfonso Luna in Ifugao have also joined the list of LGUs supportive of Globe’s cell tower installations.

“We are grateful for the initiative of these 24 local government units who are complementing our efforts to bring more connectivity and wider coverage in their respective areas,” Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group.

“We hope these LGUs will inspire others to support us in bringing accessible talk, SMS and data services to more Filipinos in 2021,” he added.

Earlier this month, Makati, Manila, Marikina, Calamba, Tagaytay City and Legazpi in Albay were the first LGUs to set up their one stop shop for permitting requirements of telcos.

In the coming weeks, Globe expects more LGUs to ease up on their permitting requirements as the company targets to install 2,000 cell towers in 2021.

Source: Manila Bulletin (