Do you own a drone? Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has filed Senate Bill 1098 which seeks to regulate the ownership and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones by private individuals. He cited the recent drone attack on two key oil installations inside Saudi Arabia which raised the risk of a disruption in world oil supplies.

In his proposal, all drone owners, whether the drones are for hobbyist or commercial use, are required to periodically register with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)’s Public Safety and Security Command Center.

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Among the safety regulations and restrictions on drone usage as proposed are as follows:

  1. Requiring all drones, whether for hobbyist or commercial use, to be clearly marked with a registration number and the name, contact number, and address of the owner;
  2. Prohibiting the use of drones as a means to violate constitutional rights, including the right to privacy;
  3. A prohibition on flying drones above four hundred (400) feet;
  4. A prohibition on flying drones near an aircraft, particularly near airports;
  5. Allowing drone operation only during daylight hours and in good weather, subject to exceptions to be determined by the CAAP;
  6. The prohibition on flying drones over groups of people, public events, public buildings and government structures, oil refineries and depots, or stadiums full of people, subject to exceptions to be determined by the CAAP;
  7. The prohibition on flying drones near emergencies, such as fires, collapsed buildings, vehicular accidents and the like;
  8. The prohibition on flying drones under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  9. For hobbyist drone use, requiring an operator to keep the drone within the operator’s line of sight; and
  10. Other regulations as the CAAP may see fit to introduce in the interest of public safety.

Under the bill, failure to register a drone and its owner shall result in the confiscation of the drone by the CAAP and a fine of not less than Fifty Thousand Pesos (PhP50,000.00) but not more than One Hundred Thousand Pesos (PhP 100,000.00).

Read the full text below (from senate.gov.ph.)

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