The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is advising the public to “exercise great caution in conducting transactions with alleged representatives of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Independent Tower Companies (ITCs).”
The DICT has gotten reports of individuals posing as agents from various MNOs and ITCs with the intent of purchasing or leasing properties as sites for cellular towers. The DICT is then urging the public to exercise due diligence and ask the alleged agents to provide proof of authority to act on behalf of the MNOs and ITCs, as well as the legitimacy of the project. Documents that you may request include:
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate of Registration
- Local Government Unit (LGU) Business Permit
- Special Power of Attorney
- Government-Issued ID of the Agent
- Real Estate Broker License
Should you have any more concerns, you may contact the customer service unit of the MNOs and ITCs that these alleged agents claim to represent. For questions about MNOs, please contact the NTC Regulation Branch through their telephone at (02) 8924-4026, or through their email: [email protected] For questions regarding ITCs, you may contact the DICT through this email: [email protected], or through their telephone at (02) 8920-0101 local: 1004.
You may read the DICT’s public advisory here.