CAAP advocates aviation safety at international forum

Published November 22, 2019, 12:38 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Ariel Fernandez

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) encouraged aviation industry stakeholders at an international forum last Nov. 19 to work towards establishing and implementing risk-based surveillance (RBS) as an approach to aviation safety.


RBS implementation, of which the Philippines is a pioneer in Southeast Asia (SEA), is an ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)-recommended practice that is also included in the Global Aviation Safety Plan for 2020-2022.

CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco spoke on the matter at the session on “Aviation Safety Oversight – Increasing Effective Implementation” at the 2nd ICAO-EASA Forum on Civil Aviation in Southeast Asia.

The forum, hosted by Vietnam, was held at the FLC Halong Bay Golf Club and Luxury Resort in Ha Long.

As an approach to safety, RBS involves data-driven planning and execution of surveillance.

This approach ensures that systems and processes in aviation are focused on the management of risks so that hazards are identified better, the effectiveness of safety barriers involved in the processes are well-monitored, and mitigation for identified risks are developed.

Aiming to achieve the Beijing Ministerial Declaration’s commitments to aviation safety, the forum gathered representatives from ICAO, European Union Aviation Safety Agency, International Air Transport Association, Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme – South East Asia, and civil aviation authorities from SEA countries.

The Philippines, through its civil aviation authority, has been relentless in working towards improving safety in aviation.

These efforts were proven fruitful as the country regained its Category 1 rating from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2014 after the FAA audit saw that the country successfully complied with international aviation safety protocols.