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Philippines Road Network

4.1 Philippines Government Contact List

Further information on the Departmen of Public Works and Highways can be found in the following document:

Philippines Road Assessment Additional Information

Distance Matrix

Distances from Capital City to Major Towns (km)

 

Manila

Baguio

San Fernando, La Union

Laoag City, Illocos Norte

Tuguegarao, Cagayan 

Bontoc, Mountain Province 

Pagsanjan, Laguna

Legazpi City, Bicol 

Manila

 

246

264

477

483

394

102

538

Baguio

 

 

47

254

230

101

308

711

San Fernando, La Union

 

 

 

406

408

274

335

540

Laoag City, Illocos Norte

 

 

 

 

180

230

550

975

Tuguegarao, Cagayan 

 

 

 

 

 

130

526

964

Bontoc, Mountain Province 

 

 

 

 

 

 

416

842

Pagsanjan, Laguna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

403

Legazpi City, Bicol 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Time Matrix

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (hours)

 

Manila

Baguio

San Fernando, La Union

Laoag City, Illocos Norte

Tuguegarao, Cagayan 

Bontoc, Mountain Province 

Pagsanjan, Laguna

Legazpi City, Bicol 

Manila

 

5

4

10

12

7

1.5

12

Baguio

 

 

2

5

7

2

8

17

San Fernando, La Union

 

 

 

6

8

5

6

16

Laoag City, Illocos Norte

 

 

 

 

8

7

12

22

Tuguegarao, Cagayan 

 

 

 

 

 

6

14

24

Bontoc, Mountain Province 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

19

Pagsanjan, Laguna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Legazpi City, Bicol 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to traffic congestion, all times are best approximations only and may be out by several hours depending on traffic. Travel times are based on car travel. Travel by truck or bus will increase travel times.

Transport Corridors

The main transport Corridor in the Philippines is an integrated network of highways and vehicle ferries that form the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH). The 919 kilometres SRNH covers the provinces and cities of Oriental Mindoro, Tagaytay City (Cavite), Marindugue, Romblon, and Batangas City in Luzon; Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Capiz, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Bebu, Guimaras and Siguijor in the Visayas; and Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Dapitan City in Mindanao.


Road Security

Security Level: Good

Road security in the Philippines is generally good. However there are a few problem areas which transporters will know about. Areas around Apayo (Ilocos) and Maguindanao (Mindanao) have reported unauthorised roadblocks where drivers have been forced to handover money, weapons and any high-end goods. Cargo (including food) is generally unaffected.

Weighbridges and Axle Load Limits

Weighbridges

Weighbridges are operational 24 hours and are well-signed upon approach. They are under the management of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the exact locations are listed below.

Axle Load Limits


Bridges

Bridges in the Philippines are prone to collapse during typhoons and landslides. Under regular use most bridges in the Philippines do not pose any particular problems, although drivers should note that sometimes they are inadequately signed and without load limits. In some cases, bridges may have a capacity less than the regular traffic load of the road and as a result, occasionally collapse, however DPWH pointed out this usually only occurs when transporters over-load their vehicles.

Road Class and Surface Conditions

Road Construction / Maintenance

In general, there are three type of maintenance conducted within the Philippines; periodic, preventative and routine. Further information on ongoing construction and maintenance projects can be found on the Department of Public Works and Highways website: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/ and through the relevant Bureaus which can be contacted through the main telephone line.

Road Classification

Road classification in the Philippines is completed based on the strategic importance of the road. Road classification does not indicate the surface, quality or width of the road.

ClassificationDescription
Primary/National/Arterial (includes the North-South, East-West and Other Roads classifications in the table below)
Main roads in the Philippines that form the backbone of the road network. Surfaces can be concrete, asphalt, gravel or earth.
Secondary
Secondary roads do not have as many connecting roads as the primary roads. Surfaces can be concrete, asphalt, gravel or earth.
Local
Local road classification includes all other provincial, municipal, city and barangay roads. Surfaces can be concrete, asphalt, gravel or earth.

Further information on the Road Network of the Philippines can be found on the following webpage: Road and Bridge Information Application (RBIA)

Further information on main transport corridors in the Phillipines can