As commercial and non-commercial drone use become more common and popular, regulating its operations has become a challenge for civil aviation authorities in the world. That is why to help initiate discussions and inform on the matter, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP), on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, organized the first Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Forum for the Media at the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) in Merville, Paranaque.

The forum, attended by 26 members of the media, aims to promote safe RPAS operations and inform on the pertinent rules and regulations on the use of RPAS or drones as embodied in the Republic Act No. 9497 and the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR).


Topics, from the basic rules and regulations on RPAS, the application procedures in obtaining RPA Controller Certificate, RPAS Operator Certificate, and RPA Certificate Registration, to relevant updates on RPAS technology and its use globally, were discussed in the forum. After the presentations, the attendees were invited to an open forum where they asked pressing questions on drone licensing and use, shared their suggestions, and raised their concerns as media practitioners who employ the help of drones in their work.

Flight Standards Inspectorate Service (FSIS) Assistant Director General II Capt. Romel D. Cadingan, Regulatory Standards Department (RSD) Manager Capt. Efren C. Rocamora, Licensing and Certification Department (LCD), OIC Capt. Huberto A. Ramos, Flight Operations Department (FOD) Flight Operations Safety Inspector Capt. Christian Espino, and Airworthiness Department Civil Aviation Regulations Officer Capt. Roda C. Bathan spoke and presented at the event.