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New batch of Air Traffic Controllers graduate – CAAP

Air Traffic Controllers
Graduates of the CATS Course Batch 15 together with CAAP Officials. (JERRY S. TAN)

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

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

“Today, 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,” he said.

The graduation ceremony was joined by Director General Captain Manuel Antonio L. Tamayo, Deputy Director General for Administration Atty. Danjun G. Lucas, Assistant Director General II for Air Traffic Service Marlene I. Singson, and Assistant Director General I for Civil Aviation Training Center Diana Ines C. Briñas and Human Resources Management Division Acting Chief Ms. Amneris G. Gabriel.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said that efffective May 15, 2023, the 45 graduates of CATS Batch 15 will take on the position of Air Traffic Management Officers (ATMOs) and will be assigned to different Air Traffic Service Facilities in the country.

The Comprehensive Air Traffic Service (CATS) Course is an annual program launched by CAAP in response to the increasing demand for air traffic controllers in the country’s airports. Furthermore, it aims to recruit young and competent men and women who will join the country’s elite line of ATMOs, he explained. It 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.

The course, he said, 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.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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