Some 60 trainees of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) were formally accepted as scholars in the Civil Aviation Officer Candidate Scholarship Program (CAOCSP) during the recognition ceremony on Tuesday. The trainees, seven of the top 10 candidates are women, passed the CAAP’s air traffic controller examination this year and managed to qualify for the scholarship program. CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the program is to ensure adequacy of aviation professionals as a qualified and appropriately trained to perform the technical function of the CAAP. Qualified candidates get a starting salary of around P48,000 with benefits. The country has only over 700 air traffic controllers. Examinations are held twice a year at CAAP testing centers in Manila, Laoag, Cebu-Mactan, Zamboanga, and Laguindingan in Cagayan de Oro.