The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), formerly known as the Air Transportation Office (ATO) is the national aviation agency of the government. This attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications is the main authority in formulating and implementing clear, comprehensive and impartial rules and policies in air transport industry in the Philippines.
Through the enactment of the Republic Act 9497 in 2008, the ATO was abolished and CAAP was replaced in its stead. And with it, new corporate strategy was adapted. Currently, CAAP perseveres to pursue “stabilizing financials, configuring organizational structure, organizing corporate behavior, re-engineering business process, establishing technology-based information system and synergizing every strategy for change.
CAAP, being an aviation regulatory body with a quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative powers is mandated to restructure the civil aviation system, promote, develop and regulate the technical, operational, safety, and aviation security functions of the civil aviation.
Its functions also includes the following: “establish and prescribed rules and regulations for the inspection and registration of all aircraft owned and operated in the Philippines and all air facilities; establish and prescribe the corresponding rules and regulations for the enforcement of laws governing air transportation; determine, fix and prescribe charges or rates pertinent to the operation of public air utility facilities and services; administer and operate the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC); and operate and maintain national airports, air navigation and other similar facilities in compliance to ICAO.
Currently, the CAAP administers 10 international airports, 15 class 1 principal airports, 19 class 2 principal airports, and 40 community airports all over the country.
CAAP office in Dipolog City is located at Brgy. Minaog in the vicinity of Dipolog City Airport with Erlinda Delos Reyes as the Airport Manager.
CAAP envisions to become “a preeminent Civil Aviation Authority in the world and a global brand of excellence in aviation”. Overall, CAAP is exist to ensure a safe, economical, and efficient air travel in the country through providing a “safe, secure and green Philippine Sky”.
References: en.wikipedia.org; caap.gov.ph; dotc.gov.ph