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The Philippines to Regulate Private Drones

The Philippines intended to enact legislation governing the private usage of drones to ensure safety and compliance. Senator Raffy Tulfo emphasised the importance of legislation in ensuring that the personal use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems is not utilised for criminal reasons. Senate Bill 1777, also known as the Drone Regularisation Act, was introduced because the robotic gadget can be a space hazard and dangerous if misused.

Unregistered drones will be confiscated under Tulfo’s legislation. Using a drone for commercial purposes without permission will result in confiscation and a fine of not less than PHP50,000 but not more than PHP100,000 (US$1809.09). Any infringement of the general safety laws and drone usage limits will result in a punishment ranging from PHP100,000 (1809.09) to PHP500,000 (US$9045.44).

“These robots are unmanned aerial vehicles that are extremely useful in reaching isolated locations, and modern drones are remarkably easy to fly with technological developments,” according to the bill’s explanatory note. “However, drones can be hazardous. It presents regulatory problems because it is increasingly commonly used for recreational purposes.”

Under the bill, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is entitled to classify drones into sorts for regulation, whether they are for private persons, commercial usage, professional for-profit and hobbyist use.

They must register with CAAP regularly and apply for a permit to operate. In addition, candidates must pass training and obtain drone insurance. Existing regulations state that a CAAP certificate is required if flying a drone weighing more than 7 kilogrammes (15 pounds); drones are permitted only during daylight hours, in good weather, and within visual line of sight of the operator; and uncrewed aerial vehicles are prohibited overpopulated areas, such as schools or markets.

Drone technology has been extensively explored worldwide to realise its potential fully. The Ministry of DES has advised farmers in Pathum Thani Province’s Pin Fah Farm region to use more drones as part of a new Thailand innovative farm project. Pinfah Farm is an intelligent farm concept in Pathum Thani Province dedicated to agricultural eco-tourism.

Pinfah Farm sprays pharmaceuticals, fertilisers, and various chemicals in farmlands using drones to save money and improve farmer health. Smart agriculture is a cutting-edge concept that is gaining acceptance worldwide. It increases output, addresses farm-related challenges such as food needs, and connects and intelligence farms. Precision farming, variable rate technology, smart irrigation, and smart greenhouses are examples of Internet of Things-enabled smart agriculture systems (IoT).

The agricultural digitisation initiative also included the aquaculture sectors. The Thai government was working on Aquaculture 4.0 to ensure this vital industry’s long-term growth and improve farmers’ ability to farm sustainably. The Aqua-IoT is a monitoring system for water’s physical, chemical, and biological aspects powered by the Internet of Things.

They combined critical data – physical, chemical, and biological water parameters and weather – into a single interface, allowing users to understand the relationship between the data, analyse it, and make informed judgments.

In Australia, the Queensland Police Force uses the drone to deploy two advanced Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in the state’s northern region as part of an ongoing experiment to assist cops on the front lines. The cutting-edge Teledyne FLIR SkyRanger R70, used by military forces worldwide, has been added to the Queensland Police Service’s inventory.

It is currently being evaluated before being deployed in the cities of Townsville and Cairns. The latest Remotely Piloted Aircraft will join the trial’s other chosen aircraft, the DJI M30 RPAS. It has already assisted officers in the area by interfering with and hampering criminal activity.


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