In July 1, 2008, the Operations Center (OpCen) and Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) were integrated and restructured into ATS under the Aeronautical Information and Communications Division. The combined facility is the Operations and Rescue Coordination Center (ORCC).

The ORCC is part of CAAP's compliance with the DOTC's directive, dated August 2, 2001, to establish a public response desk operating on a 24-hour basis. ORCC is equipped with information to be able to answer to queries related to CAAP operations such as the status of CAAP Airports, navigational aids, and air traffic control and communications facilities.

The ORCC provides an organized emergency response system for aviation, maritime and related calls for assistance in compliance with ICAO Annex 12 and other international conventions and agreements.

The SAR service is performed in co-operation with:

• Department of National Defense(DND)
• Philippine Coast Guard (DOTC)
• Office of Civil Defense (NDCC- National Disaster Coordinating Council)
• Government agencies with SAR or emergency response capabilities
• Non-government organizations structured to response to emergencies

Communication Systems Capability

• ALE & transverter (Automatic Link Establishment, HF VHF)
• Satellite Phone, INMARSAT 00873-762-148324 (back up on-scene communications)
• ELT tracker: Portable 121.5MHz (signal strength metering)
• VHF portable transceivers.

PRCC Search and Rescue Response
Search and Rescue Units
SAR Point of Contact
Basic Distress Signals


Airport Service Hours of Operations Extension Request
406 MHz Beacon Registration Form (Single)
406 MHz Beacon Registration Form (Multiple)


Area of Responsibility
The Philippine RCC is responsible for alerting and coordinating the SAR response/ operations within the Philippine SRR (Search and Rescue Region) coinciding with the Manila Flight Information Region (FIR).

Emergency Frequencies




Effective Range (NM)


121.5 MHz VHF

AM Voice/data

Generally limited to line of sight.

Most ATS facilities, military towers; an ELT or EPIRB transmitting on 121.5MHz may make this frequency impractical for communications.

243.0 MHz VHF

AM Voice/data

Generally limited to line of sight.

Military emergency frequency.

123.1 MHz VHF

AM Voice

Generally limited to line of sight.

SAR operations; on-scene comm.

2182 kHz HF

R3E, H3E, J3E, J2A, J2B


Generally less than 300 miles for average aircraft installations.

International Maritime voice distress, safety, and calling frequency.

Silence period on this frequency are observed for three minutes (3 min.) twice an hour. Beginning on the hour and at 30 minutes past each hour to facilitate reception of distress calls.

Ships, boats at sea, Coast Guard Stations, commercial coast stations.

3023 kHz HF
4125 kHz HF
5680 kHz HF

R3E, H3E, J3E, J2A, J2B


Several thousand miles depending upon propagation conditions.

Alternate on-scene and SAR coordination communications.

Vessels and aircraft SAR coordination.

500 kHz MF

CW, telegraphy

Generally less than 100 miles for average aircraft installations.

Ships at sea, Coast Guard Stations, FSS, and commercial coast stations. Use is decreasing due to advanced comm. technology. As of February 1999, international requirements to have this capability aboard ships ceased.

156.8 MHz, VHF
Channel 16

FM, voice

Line of sight

International VHF maritime voice distress, safety and calling frequency.

156.3 MHz, VHF
Channel 06

FM, voice

Line of sight

On-scene Maritime SAR communications.


CAAP-RCC Response Actions to an Aviation Emergency Alert or Disaster





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