To support the government’s digitalization initiatives and extend internet benefits to more communities across the country, integrated telecommunications provider PLDT and its subsidiary, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), are urging increased collaboration with homeowners associations.
This call for collaboration was voiced during a forum addressing issues related to cell site placement, policies, and permitting procedures for telecom infrastructure deployment within residential areas.
Anthony Louen Fernandez, senior manager at Smart’s Regulatory Affairs office, emphasized the necessity of widespread connectivity in people’s daily lives and the need for strategically located cell sites to achieve this goal. He also highlighted the critical role of connectivity in emergency communication channels during disasters, such as the Emergency Cell Broadcast System (ECBS) and emergency hotlines like 911.
“Digitalization has simplified the way we provide government services to the public,” said DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar.
This forum, organized by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development through the Homeowners Association and Community Development Bureau (DHSUD-HOACDB), marks a significant step in implementing Executive Order No. 32, titled “Streamlining the Permitting Process for the Construction of Telecommunications and Internet Infrastructure.”
In partnership with the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), the forum brought together homeowners’ association representatives from Metro Manila and nearby regions.
The PLDT Group is a founding member of the government-mandated Presidential Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) under the Digital Infrastructure Pillar. During the forum, the Group addressed safety concerns regarding cell sites through a video presentation.