Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Formally Endorses AsBAA Illegal Charter Reporting System (ICRS)
Republic of the Philippines, 15 December 2021 – the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) today announced that the Civil Aeronautics Board of the Philippines (CAB) has formally endorsed AsBAA's Illegal Charter Reporting System (ICRS). The CAB is a government agency of the Philippines attached to the Department of Transportation tasked to regulate, promote, and develop the economic aspect of air transportation in the Philippines. This formal partnership between AsBAA and the CAB underscores both organizations' commitment to cooperatively combat the systemic issue of illegal charters in the region.
“It is a great honor to welcome CAB as AsBAA’s government agency partner to AsBAA’s ICRS. Illegal air charter operations pose a serious safety and economic hazard to legitimate operators and the traveling public. AsBAA has in the past worked with the CAB and aims to work aggressively with their office to identify potential illegal operations and educate industry stakeholders and end users about the regulations that apply to charter operations. This formal partnership between AsBAA and CAB is a historic milestone – a first for the industry, and we look forward to producing meaningful results with the CAB,” said Patrick Roa, Chairman of the AsBAA Philippines Chapter and member of the AsBAA Board of Governors.
"This partnership is very important to us, as we do not want the traveling public to be treated unsafely or unfairly. We are committed to coordinating with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and our National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to pursue these illegal charter operators. It has to be a cooperative effort on the part of the private sector and the government. I hope this will be the start of a fruitful cooperation between the government and AsBAA," said Att. Carmelo L. Arcilla, Executive Director, Civil Aeronautics Board of the Philippines.
For more details and a webinar discussion on illegal charters hosted by AsBAA, tune in to the AsBAA Virtual Safety Week's "Illegal Charter" session with global law firm HFW this Thursday, 16 December 2021, at 11:00AM Hong Kong time (UTC +8). Please click here to register and here for the event's full agenda.
AsBAA is a signatory to the Air Charter Safety Alliance, a joint initiative launched in 2020 to combat illegal charter and address a growing concern among members and industry around the globe. In 2021, AsBAA launched its Illegal Charter Task Force and Illegal Charter Reporting System, Asia’s first initiatives to directly address and combat the serious threats to air charter and the public that are often difficult to identify due to the use of deceptive and convoluted agreements. AsBAA’s ICRS is supported by a sub-committee of legal advisors (led by global law firm HFW), partner associations, government agencies, and members of the press. To learn more about AsBAA's initiatives to combat illegal charter, please visit https://www.asbaa.org/avoid-illegal-charter.