Philippines Drone Laws


The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) mandated that drone owners must register their UAVs and their pilots must be licensed.

The CAAP will will issue licenses to operate and violators will be fined. The agency has broken drones into three classifications that are determined by size and weight: large, micro, and small.

Registration costs will vary based on the size of the UAV.

In summary, the new UAV Controller Certificate (Pilot)  requires the following:

  • Airmen Radio License
  • Passed Theories of Flight
  • Has completed a training course conducted by the UAV Manufacturer – UASA communicated this with CAAP last Sept. 14, 2014 and expressed that it is hard to obtain this from most (if not all) of the Small UAV Manufacturers.
  • Have at least 5 hours experience
  • Passed Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations

Also, the new UAV Operator Certificate (Company) for Large UAV requires the following:

  • Operations Manual or Flight Manual
  • Command Clearance from the Military (J2 AFP)
  • UAV Insurance
  • Special Certificated of Airworthiness and
  • Certificate of Registration

Last Updated: July 2015