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45 newly-grads to man Air Traffic Control Office

Beginning May 15, 2023, the 45 new graduates of the Comprehensive Air Traffic Service (CATS) Batch 15 will be assigned to different Air Traffic Service Facilities in the country as Air Traffic Management Officers (ATMOs).

The Comprehensive Air Traffic Service (CATS) Course is an annual program launched by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in response to the increasing demand for air traffic controllers in the country’s airports, said CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio.

Furthermore, it aims to recruit young and competent men and women who will join the country’s elite line of ATMOs.

The course is implemented in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) New Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Initiative, which aims to address the global shortage of aviation professionals and to ensure the sustainable growth of the aviation industry.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the CATS course provides extensive training for air traffic controllers and is designed to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle the demanding job of managing air traffic.

CAAP held the graduation of Batch 15 trainees from the Comprehensive Air Traffic Service (CATS) Course last May 12, 2023 at the Civil Aviation Training Center.

The CATS Batch 15 training started on August 22, 2022 and lasted for eight months, with 45 trainees who graduated and successfully completed the program.

Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo congratulated the CATS Batch 15 graduates and expressed confidence they will contribute significantly to the safe and efficient management of air traffic in the Philippines.

Tamayo said: “I am confident that you are more than ready to be amongst the ranks of the world’s best and brightest Air Traffic Controllers. With that, I am immensely proud to officially welcome you to the CAAP Family. Being part of CAAP gives you the privilege of serving our country. Nevertheless, I want to instill in all of you that this privilege carries the responsibility of ensuring the safety of Philippine skies.” (JERRY S. TAN)

Itchie G. Cabayan
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