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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) gave the first company the permission to operate unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones.
Engineering firm SRDP Consulting Inc. was granted the first certificate of authority to operate drones for commercial use on Thursday.
The company specializes in commercial aerial surveillance, ground exploration, topography, forestry and agriculture, transportation, research and disaster prevention and management.
SRDP President Joel Cruz said the company sought the approval from CAAP as drones are a part of their mapping operations.
CAAP requires that commercial drones be registered and for owners and operators to be certified by the regulator.
The operator must undergo a three- to 10-day training to get a license, said CAAP Regulation Standard Department Manager Efren Rocamora.
Licensed operators must file a flight plan before operating registered so that the UAV can be monitored.
A penalty of P300,000 to P500,000 will be meted against those who violate the rules and regulations of CAAP on drones.
However, CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss lll said the implementation of the rules and regulations is still a “work in progress." – Keith Richard Mariano/VS, GMA News