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The Philippines has passed the global safety audit of Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOUP) of the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM), according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Based on the results of USOUP’s audit conducted from May 30 to June 8, 2017, CAAP, the regulatory body responsible for the entire civil aviation system of the Philippines, has improved its effective implementation with current overall results of 69.68 percent, above the world average of 64.85 percent.

The current results also showed a 10.77 percent improvement from the 58.91 percent rating of CAAP in 2016. 
This means the country complies with international safety standards. This would also help the Philippines  attract more airlines to expand operations here. CAAP was also cleared on issues relating to Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs). SSCs indicate that a state is not providing sufficient safety oversight to ensure the effective implementation of applicable ICAO standards. SSCs may be issued in the area of operations, air navigation services, aerodromes, airworthiness or licensing.
 ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations with 191 member states, sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security and efficiency as well as aviation environmental protection.

Arthur Tugade, Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary, lauded CAAP’s achievement in  passing the global safety audit and improving its score in effective implementation in various safety categories.
 But Tugade  urged CAAP to continue to perform better especially in adhering to ICAO’s mandate.  Manuel Antonio Tamayo, DOTr undersecretary for aviation, said CAAP plans to recommend to Congress the drafting of an economic and market-based legislation that will enable the use of emissions trading in aviation. Tamayo also said CAAP eyes to improve air traffic service system to significantly reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions, and increase efficiency by way of information exchange with stakeholders to avoid delays on inbound aircraft on the country’s airports. This could be achieved through maximizing traffic flow of airborne aircraft arriving at a congested airport and implementing User-Preferred Routes over the oceanic airspace to allow air carriers to fly on optimized paths instead of using standard routes. Other ways are enhancing terminal capacity through the use of required navigation performance instead of low-level holding and vectoring,and using continuous descent operations to reduce energy used in an aircraft’s arrival, approach and landing.
 According to Tamayo, CAAP likewise intends to establish waste disposal facilities in the airports and regulate aircrafts to ensure they are more fuel-efficient.


“In the next five years, CAAP will gradually regulate the types of aircraft imported and registered in the Philippines and ensure that they are more fuel-efficient. CAAP is also looking to establish waste disposal facilities in the airports as well as environmental management and research and development offices in both the aerodromes and among airlines,” he said. from article PH aviation safety improves; now above par by Myla Iglesias (Malaya Business Insight)


The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has scored above average on global safety audit, up 10 percent from 2016. CAAP recently passed the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOUP) of the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) conducted from May 30 to June 8, 2017.

Based on the results, CAAP, the regulatory body with jurisdiction over the entire civil aviation system of the Philippines, has improved its effective implementation (EI) with current overall results of 69.68 percent, which is above the world average of 64.85 percent. This means the country complies with international safety standards. The current result also showed a significant 10.77 percent improvement than the 58.91 percent rating of CAAP in 2016.

CAAP was also cleared on issues relating to Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs). SSCs indicate that a State is not providing sufficient safety oversight to ensure the effective implementation of applicable ICAO Standards. SSCs may be issued in the area of operations, air navigation services, aerodromes, airworthiness or licensing. DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade lauded Undersecretary for aviation Manuel Antonio Tamayo and CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco for steering CAAP management in adhering to ICAO’s mandate for passing the global safety audit and improving its score in effective implementation in various safety categories.

Tugade urged CAAP to identify ways to use alternative energy and reduce carbon emission of the aviation sector in compliance with ICAO mandate. CAAP is planning to recommend to Congress the drafting of an economic and market-based legislation that will enable the use of emissions trading in aviation, said Tamayo. Tamayo added that CAAP is looking into improving air traffic service system to significantly reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions and increase efficiency by way of information exchange with stakeholders to avoid delays on inbound aircraft on the country’s airports. from article CAAP Passes Safety Audit by Ed Valasco (The Daily Tribune)