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Cellsite Scare in Virac - CT

Two weeks ago, the management of the Gogon Elementary School called the local press to a meeting to express its vehement opposition to an alleged plan to construct a cellsite at a lot near the school.

The Virac MPDO, however, revealed that at the time, nobody had yet filed an application for the issuance of a locational clearance for the construction of a cellsite in the barangay.

Based on the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)’s locational guidelines for base stations of Cellular Mobile Telephone Services (CMTS),

According to the same guidelines, aside from the required maps and other documents, the applicant has to have the written consent or affidavit of non-objection from majority of actual occupants and property owners within a radial distance equivalent to the height of the proposed base station measured from its base, including all those whose property is adjoining the proposed site of the base station or cellsite. This does not include the resolution of the barangay endorsing the installation of the base station.

This means that if the cellsite tower is 40 meters high, the applicant has to secure the consent of occupants and property owners within 40 meters horizontal distance from the base of the proposed tower.

Thus, although the law allows the installation of such communications facilities in any zone, whether residential, industrial, commercial or agricultural, it has enough safeguards to ensure that the objections of those who may be affected would be heard and taken into account.

Source: Inside Page, Catanduanes Tribune - 24 March 2010

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