Tower installation exemption from three-fourth votes of SP sought

A cellular base station towers over a community in Toril, Davao City. A resolution excluding tower application of the telecommunication companies from three-fourth votes for the re-classification of land usage in the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) in the City Council is being proposed by Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang citing the need to fast track these applications especially in this time of crisis. Edge Davao

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang has proposed a resolution excluding tower application of telecommunication companies from required three-fourth votes in the re-classification of land usage under the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO).

In his proposal, Dayanghirang stated that telecommunication companies are now considered as industry essentials that play a vital role in the exchange of fast, advance and reliable information technology (IT) which the current global trend is heading to.

The measure also said that addressing this concern requires a policy formulation to provide telecommunication service providers access to strategic sites needed for their respective network to expand and enhance the best transmission, coverage and speed. 

Dayanghirang said in a text message to Edge Davao that the three-fourth (75 percent) votes of the City Council in the re-classification of land usage in the CZO is no longer needed to speed up the processing of the applications. 

The resolution No. 02561-13 Series of 2013 enacted an ordinance for a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of Davao City for 2013-2022 to address a Comprehensive Land Use Plan needed to translate the city’s vision into reality referring to its present and future development. 

The current development requires distinct process as part of its regulatory measure to include as policy formulation, socio-economic development planning, budgeting and governance, particularly in the areas of enviroment, agriculture, water, energy, health, education, poverty reduction, land use and urban planning, and public infrastructure and housing. 

Dayanghirang said the resolution, which is now pending in the city council, is in support to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s call to expedite installation of towers to improve the speed of internet connections, telephone communications, and other matters related to communications to further improve the city’s economy and to help students in their learnings.