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Drone regulations

Requested from CAB by H. Avenido at 01:30 PM on Jan 18, 2023.
Purpose: Research
Date of Coverage: 12/11/2022 - 01/17/2023
Tracking no: #CAB-072122408836

Avenido 01:30 PM, Jan 18, 2023

Good day, I would like to know
1) what laws do we currently have that regulate drone use
2) certifications needed to fly drone
3) no fly zones in the philippines

Nacubuan 02:57 PM, Jan 18, 2023

January 18, 2023

Dear Harry King,

Thank you for your request dated Jan 18, 2023 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Drone regulations.

We received your request on Jan 18, 2023 and will respond on or before Feb 08, 2023 01:30:44 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #CAB-072122408836.

Thank you.


Extyn Nacubuan
FOI Officer

ARCILLA 02:44 PM, Jan 19, 2023

January 19, 2023

Dear Harry King Avenido,


Thank you for your request dated Jan 18, 2023 01:30:44 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your Request

You asked for Drone regulations.

Response to Request

Your FOI request is approved. 

Dear Mr/Ms H. Avenido,
Thank you for your recent inquiry about the existing drone regulations in the Philippines. 
As a background, the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or drones as commonly known, are generally regulated by two aviation authorities in the Philippines namely, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). The CAAP was created pursuant to Republic Act No. 9497 otherwise known as the Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008 and whose primary mandate involves the regulation of the TECHNICAL ASPECT of civil aviation such as but not limited to aircraft registration, pilot licensing, trainings etc. On the other hand, the CAB was created pursuant to Republic Act No. 776 otherwise known as the Civil Aeronautics Act of the Philippines, which gave the CAB the power to regulate the ECONOMIC ASPECT of civil aviation. 
Given the foregoing, RPA regulations pertaining to registration, licensing, flight limitations, trainings and certification may be properly addressed by the CAAP considering that it is the latter which has the technical capabilities to answer most of your query. Nevertheless, should a CAAP registered RPA operator be one who is engaged in or at least planning to engage in commercial operations using RPAs, then the CAB may exercise its power to regulate said activity. In this regard, the applicable regulation will be CAB Economic Regulation No. 10 entitled “Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operators for Commercial Purposes”. The said regulation provides for the requirements for the issuance of Certificate Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to operate RPA for commercial purposes as well as the list of terms, conditions and limitations attached thereto.

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Avenido 03:28 PM, Jan 19, 2023

Thank you for your prompt assistance.

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