In signing the commitment of DITO Telecommunity Corp., its mission to provide the first-rate telecommunications services that Filipinos deserve, it announced that it would sign pioneering agreements with two major partners essential to their implementation. THE AFP Chief of Staff, General Gilbert Gapay, has ordered the updating of the guidelines and the development of provisions and rules of application concerning agreements between military and telecommunications companies. DITO Chief Administrative Officer Adel A. Tamano said they recently signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with LCS Holdings, Inc. Vice President Architect Richelle Singson-Michael for the leasing of common towers that the LCS Group will establish in key areas of the country. AFP-DITO TELCO DEAL. Department of National Defence (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (right) says he sees nothing wrong with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) signed by Philippine forces (AFP) with the Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company) on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Based on the agreement, the AFP will determine certain sites with their rental value for the use of Dito Telecommunity in the installation and management of their communication sites, without compromising the operation of the AFP units concerned. (Photo PNA by Charge Jean Kabagani) “A memorandum is made available to the landowner. This memorandum contains specific details on rental fees, rent pricing, conditions and other contractual terms,” he said. MANILA — U.S.
Department of Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday that he sees nothing wrong with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) signed on September 11 by the Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) with the Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company). Referring to DITO`s Memorandum of Understanding with AFP, DITO`s chief administrator, Adel Tamano, said the company`s rent for renting space inside military camps was in “monetary equivalent” and not “cash.” Philippine forces signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) last week with the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company (Mislatel) consortium, which allows the new telecommunications company to build communications facilities in military camps and facilities. Based on the agreement, the AFP will determine certain sites with their rental value for the use of Dito Telecommunity in the installation and management of their communication sites, without compromising the operation of the AFP units concerned. AFP officials said they were doing due diligence before an agreement was signed, and that the third telecommunications operator would only “converge” its equipment on existing towers, and that its facilities would be limited to reflectors and relayers on the mountains to military reserves, not necessarily depots (the AFP website is clear, however, “military camps and installations”). The company added that it provided only a maximum of three months of monthly rents to landowners on the basis of the memorandum. Imagine the consequences of this incredible admission: the head of defence, who leads the government`s national security policy, is left in the dark about such a critical, supreme and sensitive agreement. THE AFP has entered into agreements with telecommunications companies Globe and Smart and, more recently, with LEO to jointly locate or host their mobile phone sites. Tamano also stated that any attempt by the DITO co-Locators to obtain classified information was a reason to terminate the Memorandum of Understanding. At the same time, Tamano also reiterated that DITO`s agreement with the AFP would not compromise national security, since specific provisions have been established to ensure that espionage and the obtaining of classified information do not take place.