Four staff of the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office 3 (NEDA 3) were granted Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) certificates by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). This, after the four completed the formal drone pilot and safety training and passed the knowledge and flight skills test.

The four are Mark Anthony Sagun, Emmanuel Purzuelo, Al Jonnel Espiritu, and Jason Geofry Sideco. They are now considered licensed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) professional pilots. In a simple ceremony on 01 July 2022, they received their individual certificates from CAAP officials.

As a next step, CAAP encouraged licensed UAV pilots (drone operators) to secure an RPA controller certificate. Having a controller certificate facilitates issuance of flight permit in areas with local regulations that control who can fly or operate drones.

Through the use of a drone, photos and videos of projects that those that are difficult to reach can be taken which means savings in time, cost and resources while minimizing the risks for the staff who go on monitoring.

(Mark Anthony M. Sagun, NEDA 3-PMED)

Photo shows the four NEDA 3 staff with Ms. Helen Patizar of CAAP (in the middle) as they accomplished the flight skill test in Baradas Airstrip, Tanauan, Batangas