history of CAAP

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II. Introduction
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is the attached agency of Department of Transportation and Communication responsible for the regulation of aircraft and airmen, maintenance of aerodrome and navigation facilities and air traffic services. The civil aviation history in the Philippines started as early as 1931, decades before the Convention on International Civil Aviation was signed in 1944. Legislative Act No. 3909 passed by the Philippine Legislature on November 1931 created the Office of Technical Assistant of Aviation Matters under the Department of Commerce and Communications. The office handled aviation matters, particularly he enforcement of rules and regulations governing commercial aviation as well as private flying. LA No. 3909 was amended by Act 3996 to include licensing of airmen and aircraft, inspection of aircraft concerning air traffic rules, schedules and rates and enforcement of Aviation Laws. From 1932 to 1936, there were no standard procedures as to the licensing of airmen, registration of aircraft and recording of various aeronautical activities connected with commercial aviation. There were attempts made to register planes and their owners without ascertaining their airworthiness and to record names of pilots, airplane mechanics and other details. In 1933, the Office of Technical Assistant of Aviation Matters became the Aeronautics Division under the Department of Commerce and Communications, the functions of which were embodied in Administrative Order No. 309, a joint bulletin issuedby the Department of Publics Works and Communications and the Department of Finance. In October 1934, Act 4033 was passed to require a franchise from the Philippine Government in order to operate an air service and to regulate foreign aircraft operations. On November 1936, he Philippine Legislature passed Commonwealth Act No. 168, better known as the Civil Aviation Law of the Philippines, which created be Bureau of Aeronautics. After...