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CAAP passes ICAO audit

Spokesman Eric Apolonio
Spokesman Eric Apolonio at a CAAP activity. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced having passed the international safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 193 member states that sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, and environmental protection, the ICAO assesses all Member States of the UN on their capability and capacity to implement an effective safety oversight of aviation operations.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the Philippines previously held a 67.77% rating and has now garnered a score of 69%, once again exceeding the global average of 67.6%.

The higher rating for the Philippines comes after the Offsite Validation activity conducted last 1 September 2022 where ICAO subject matter experts found that there are no Significant Safety Concerns (SSC) for the Philippines, he said.

The main objective of this activity is to ensure that principles, techniques, and set standards and recommended practices (SARPS) related to international civil aviation operations are practiced by the state to ensure aviation’s safe and orderly growth, Apolonio added.

CAAP Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo welcomed the good news and further committed to continuing the work to address the improvement of the country’s safety oversight capabilities through the hiring of qualified technical personnel, increasing inspection and oversight activities, and implementing the safety management system (SMS) throughout the national aviation industry.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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