PLDT, Globe, DITO welcome EO on telco infra permitting process | Inquirer Business

PLDT, Globe, DITO welcome EO on telco infra permitting process

/ 04:24 PM July 06, 2023

MANILA  – The Philippines’ major telecommunications players welcomed the Marcos administration’s new order that simplifies the permitting process for internet and telco infrastructure.

The newly-signed Executive Order (EO) 32 will help the industry roll out needed telco towers and other critical network components to improve internet access and communications across the country.

“This will help accelerate the country’s digital transformation and open doors for more opportunities to Filipinos in the areas of education, employment and innovation,” said Ernest Cu, president and CEO of Globe Telecom.


PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications, which recently held a workshop with the government Anti-Red Tape Authority, also welcomed the development.


“Through collaborations such as this workshop, we hope to address the urgent need to operationalize policies to ultimately ensure the highest possible quality of service for all Filipinos, and consequently support the government’s digitalization efforts,” PLDT and Smart president and CEO Alfredo S. Panilio said in a statement.

Adel Tamano, chief administrative officer of DITO Telecommunity, said the signing of the EO was a win for the industry.

“The EO will most definitely benefit not only DITO in our efforts to hasten our infrastructure roll out but most importantly the Filipino people who are to enjoy sooner the fruits of faster, more affordable, and reliable services,” Tamano said in a statement.

According to Globe, the latest issuance will lead to better transparency and competition in the sector.

“This EO isn’t just about expediting processes. It’s about setting the stage for a long-term, sustainable digital transformation in the Philippines. It fosters a more inclusive and competitive business environment, spurring innovation that ultimately benefits Filipinos,” Cu said.

PLDT said its workshops were also aligned with the Private Sector Advisory Council’s programs to improve digital infrastructure.


“This also reinforces PLDT’s commitment to its aspirational multi-year transformation, with elevating customer experience as one of the key priorities,” the telco giant said.

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