Continuing its commitment to transparent policy-making, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) hosted a public consultation on the Policy, Rules and Regulation on Common and Shared Infrastructure in the Public Telecommunications Market on Thursday, 27 September 2018.

An initiative of Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and ICT Ramon P. Jacinto, the proposed policy was presented for the first time to the stakeholders, which includes telco players, potential tower builder companies, and other private groups.

“We have carefully reviewed the policies to see what will benefit the Philippine setting given our local scenarios,” said Jacinto in his opening remarks.

Aside from naming a new major player, the common tower and pole sharing policy is identified by the Duterte administration as another step to provide faster and affordable telecommunication services in the country.

Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. said that it is important to gather the inputs, as well as the support, of the telcos and tower companies on this initiative.

“We will gel these (comments and suggestions) altogether and come up with a policy that is now being required by the President,” said Rio.

Once finalized, a Department Order will be issued by the DICT instructing the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to implement the policies by coming up with an implementing rules and regulations, according to Rio.

Stakeholders can send their position papers regarding the draft Policy, Rules and Regulation on Common and Shared Infrastructure in the Public Telecommunications Market to the DICT Office of the Undersecretary for Management and Operations at oumo@dict.gov.ph. The deadline of submission is on 5 October.