RPA / UAV Laws (Updated)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has released Memorandum Circular 29-15 titled “Amendment to the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR) Part 2, 4 and Part 11” dated December 8, 2015. It states that regulations on Remotely Piloted Aircraft are now part of Philippine aviation regulations and is in effect. MC 29-15 supersedes previously issued MC 35-14 and MC 21-14. The term Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been changed to Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) in compliance with ICAO.

The new regulation amendments has been disseminated through a conference with RPA/UAV Operators during the 2nd CAAP UAV Stakeholder Conference at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines on May 4, 2016.

Download a copy of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) - Memorandum Circular 29-15.

UAV Controllers (Pilot)

Drone owners and/or operators are now required to register their equipment with the CAAP, and secure a certification to operate from the agency. To be certified as a RPA “controller” (pilot), an applicant;

PCAR 2.13.3 - Eligibility for RPA Controller Certificate

  • Has completed an RPAs training course as conducted by the RPA manufacturer in the operation of the type of RPA that he or she proposes to operate; and
  • Has at least five (5) hours experience in operating RPAs outside controlled airspace.
  • Has passed RPAS Exam
  • Has passed the demonstration flight conducted by the authorized personnel of the Authority.

UAV Controllers (Foreign Controllers)

PCAR 2.13.10 - Validation of Foreign RPA Controller Certificate, License or Authorization.

Note: This new provision provides a mechanism for foreign companies that have an existing certificates or authorizations from their country to be validated in order to operate in the Philippines.

UAV Operators (Company/Organization)

PCAR - No person may operate a RPA for commercial operations unless the person holds an RPAS Operator Certificate.

Travel Tips

Importation of UAV's into the Philippines

Prior to entry into the Philippines, it would be best to get a “Carnet” or Merchandise Passport for your UAV equipment. This may avoid un-necessary dealing with extensive customs procedures and possibly eliminating the need to pay import taxes. While the Philippines is a non-carnet country, it may be accepted as documentation by the Philippine Bureau of Customs.

In some cases the Bureau of Customs will require an “Import Bond” to ensure that the UAV equipment that is being imported will not be resold into the market. The cost depends on the declared value of the UAV being imported.

Other Possible Documentation Needed

“Import Clearance” from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Addressed to the “Airworthiness Department (AWD) – Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. There has been cases where the Philippine Bureau of Customs would not release UAV equipment without this clearance.


No issues in exporting UAV and its associated equipment in the Philippines.

Local / In-Country Travel (mobility)

Standard UAV travel procedures apply, such as proper packaging of Lithium-Polymer batteries. UAV hard-cases are a must, weather-proofing would be better.


It would be best to coordinate operations with the following authorities:

  • Prior to Deployment
    • Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
  • On the ground:
    • Local Government Units (LGU’s)
      • Municipal (City) level
      • Barangay (Village) level
    • I-NGO Focal Points / Cluster Focal Points
      • They would be able to advise on who to contact on the ground to notify of your intentions and movement schedules.

Local UAV Groups

Skyeye UAV Services

UAS Unmanned Systems Consulting

During Philippines humanitarian/disaster response situations you may contact if any assistance is required with regards to UAV operations:

Julian Teodoro +63 949 738 9048


The following images show the forms that may be needed to use UAV's in the Philippines.

Specimen of RPA/UAV Import Certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) instructions for applying UAV Operators and Controllers. Posted at the CAAP Licensing Department (FSIS Building). “Commercial Operators”

“J2” Clearance Requirements – Department of National Defense – General Headquarters; Armed Forces of The Philippines – Office of The Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (J2). “Commercial Operators”

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