The Department of Trade and Industry - Philippine Accreditation Bureau (DTI-PAB), and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sealed their partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 28 October 2022.

The two agencies will cooperate in the field of accreditation of Verification Bodies (VBs) and verification activities applicable to Aeroplane Operators (AOs) in the Republic of the Philippines in compliance with the relevant ISO standards, international civil aviation regulations on environmental protection, and International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

CORSIA is a global carbon offsetting scheme that was adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016. The scheme establishes a single point of accountability by utilizing a single global market-based measure (MBM) to calculate CO2 emissions from international aviation.

Aviation is one of the most rapidly increasing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. If no policy measures to reduce carbon emissions from the aviation industry are implemented, aviation's carbon pollution will have significant and costly consequences to our communities, health, and climate. Airlines and aircraft operators can help address the global challenge of climate change by joining CORSIA and assuring their stakeholders that their companies are committed to sustainability.

CAAP is responsible for providing safe and efficient air transport and regulation of technical, operational, safety, and aviation security functions. The agency committed to join the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for the International Aviation (CORSIA) since its pilot phase in 2021.

On the other hand, PAB as the national accreditation body is mandated to accredit inspection, testing, certification, validation, and verification bodies, and other bodies offering conformity assessment services.

This MOU between DTI-PAB and CAAP demonstrate their support for the programs that will protect the environment reducing the carbon emissions to mitigate the effect of climate change and improve environmental management.

Release Date: 22 November 2022

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