Department of Transportation (DOTr): What You Need to Know

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is the government agency responsible for overseeing the transportation system in the Philippines. It is tasked with ensuring that the country’s transportation infrastructure is efficient and safe. The DOTr is also responsible for developing and implementing transportation policies.

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The Department of Transportation is important because it is responsible for ensuring that Philippines’ transportation infrastructure is safe and efficient. The department also works to improve the quality of life for Filipinos by reducing congestion and pollution. If you would like to learn more about the importance, services, and programs offered by the department as well as future projects, keep on reading below.

DOTr: What You Need to Know about the Department of Transportation

What is the Meaning and Purpose of DOTr?

DOTr stands for Department of Transportation (Philippines). It is one of the departments under the executive branch of the Philippine government. The DOTr is tasked with ensuring safe and convenient transportation for Filipinos and improving road conditions in the country.

The DOTr is one of the most important government agencies in the Philippines. It is responsible for ensuring that Filipinos have safe and convenient transportation options. It also ensures that road users are well-informed about traffic laws and regulations. It is also responsible for monitoring and enforcing these laws and promoting safe transportation practices among motorists.


From 1899 to 1979, the various activities of transportation were integrated into a single department.

On July 28, 1979, the Executive Order 546 that created the MOTC was signed. It divided the transportation and communications ministry into two separate agencies. One of these is the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), while the other is the Ministry of Public Works and Highways (MPWH).

The main function of the MOTC was to promote and develop a reliable and coordinated transportation system. It was also responsible for the planning, programming, and implementation of various programs and projects.

During this period, the registration and control of motor vehicles were improved by the introduction of staggered registration systems and permanent license plates. A bus leasing program was also carried out to provide additional buses in Metro Manila.

The operations of the PNR and the MMTC were improved. The Manila South Line of the PNR was also reconstructed. This project was carried out to improve the transportation system in the Bicol Region.

Following the 1986 EDSA Revolution, President Corazon C. Aquino appointed Congressman Hernando Perez as the new transportation and communications minister.

In March 1987, the appointment of technocrat and former Congressman R. R. Reyes as the new Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications was approved. Following his appointment, the department was reorganized under Executive Order 125.

Under Secretary Reyes, the various quasi-judicial functions of the transportation department were transferred to a new agency, which was established through Executive Order 202.

Jesus Garcia was appointed as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications. Under his leadership, new entrants were allowed to operate in the cellular phone and landline services, while the dilapidated taxi cabs were removed from the streets.

In 1995, the then Senator Ernesto Maceda criticized the department for its alleged failure to carry out its duties properly. He placed the DOTC at the top of his list of government agencies that were prone to corruption. He cited the agency’s alleged anomalous transactions related to the telecommunications industry.

In 2016, the various communications agencies of the Department of Transportation and Communications were transferred to the DICT.

In July 2017, the main operations of the agency were transferred to Mabalacat, in Pampanga. The agency’s previous headquarters was located in Columbia Tower in Manila.

The agency is currently pursuing various projects related to the government’s Build! Build! Build! program, which involves the construction of public infrastructure projects.

Sectoral and Attached Agencies

OFFICE FOR TRANSPORTATION SECURITY (OTS): The OTS is responsible for overseeing the security of various transportation systems in the country, such as land transportation, maritime infrastructure, and civil aviation. It was established through Executive Order No.277, which was issued on April 26, 2004. This was in response to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines calling for a single authority for the country’s transportation security.


  • THE LAND TRANSPORTATION OFFICE (LTO): The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is responsible for maintaining the safety and comfort of the public by enforcing the rules and regulations of motor vehicles. It also collects various fees and fines from the owners of motor vehicles.
  • It is also responsible for the issuance of driver’s licenses, vehicle registration and certificates of road worthiness. The LTO also issues ID cards to drivers, operators and owners of motor vehicles.
  • THE LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD (LTFRB): The Land Transportation Franchising Board (LTFRB) was established on June 19, 1987, to simplify the process of establishing and operating a land transportation franchise system. Due to the increasing number of requirements for franchises, the safety standards for land travel have become more stringent. This is why the technical evaluation staff of the board ensures that the operating vehicles of private and commercial companies are in compliance with the standards of the industry.
  • The LTFRB is also responsible for the regulation of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and their franchises. It monitors the operations of public service vehicles like buses, taxis and jeepneys. The board has set certain standards that these companies must meet to ensure passengers’ safety.
  • TOLL REGULATORY BOARD (TRB): The toll regulatory board is responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of toll facilities. It is also responsible for collecting toll fees. This agency was established through a presidential decree.
  • OFFICE OF TRANSPORT COOPERATIVES (OTC): The Office of the Transport Cooperatives (OTC) was established in 1963 under Executive Order 898. Its objective is to integrate the cooperative program into the public transportation system. This is to achieve economies of scale by reducing fuel consumption.
  • PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RAILWAYS (PNR): The Philippines National Railways (PNR) was established in 1964 to provide a national railway transportation system. It is currently planning on establishing new lines connecting various regions in the country.
  • LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT TRANSIT AUTHORITY (LRTA): The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) was established on July 12, 1980, to oversee the construction of the Light Rail Transit line from Baclaran in Manila to Monumento in Caloocan. It has since expanded its scope of operations to include other light rail projects in Metro Manila.


  • THE PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD (PCG): The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is an armed and highly trained maritime security force that is mainly tasked with enforcing all laws in the country’s waters. It also carries out maritime security operations and protects marine resources.
  • The PCG also has a role in protecting coastal communities from natural disasters. It is also responsible for the maritime safety of vessels, passengers and cargo that enter or leave Philippine ports.
  • PHILIPPINE PORTS AUTHORITY (PPA): The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is a government agency that is responsible for overseeing the development and planning of the country’s seaports. It was established in 1974 through Executive Order 857.
  • MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (MARINA): The Manila-based MARINA is an agency that promotes and regulates the maritime industry. It has the authority to issue certificates of public convenience (CPCs) for the operation of domestic and foreign water carriers. It also issues licenses and addresses safety concerns related to vessel construction.
  • CEBU PORTS AUTHORITY (CPA): The creation of the Cebu Ports Authority was carried out through Republic Act 7621, which was signed on June 26, 1992. Its mandate is to oversee and manage all ports in the province, which effectively separates them from the Philippine Ports Authority. The agency started its operations on January 1, 1996.
  • PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY (PMMA): The Philippine Maritime Academy (PMA) was established in 1963 through Republic Act 3680. It is a maritime school that produces highly skilled and capable officers of international stature. Its graduates are also capable of serving as naval officers during times of international conflict.


  • CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF THE PHILIPPINES (CAAP): The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is an independent regulatory body responsible for developing and implementing policies related to civil aviation in the country. It is also mandated to set uniform and comprehensive regulations for the industry.
  • MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY (MIAA): The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is responsible for providing the best possible service to the passengers and the public at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
  • CLARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CORPORATION: The CIAC is committed to providing the best possible service to the passengers and the aviation industry in the Philippines by 2020. It aims to establish a world-class airport by 2020, and to have a secondary airport of choice by 2017.
  • CIVIL AERONAUTICS BOARD (CAB): The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAB) is responsible for regulating and promoting the country’s civil aviation industry. It also monitors the acquisition and sale of aircraft, as well as mergers and consolidations within the industry.
  • MACTAN-CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY (MCIAA): The Mactan International Airport is managed by the Mactan International Airport Authority (MIAA). It is responsible for maintaining and operating the airport. It also provides security and rules and regulations.

Functions and Responsibilities of DOTr

The DOTr is tasked with creating a safe, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable transport system that will improve the quality of life for Filipinos.

The DOTr’s responsibilities include:

  • Planning, developing and improving national transportation policies and programs
  • Promoting a safe and efficient transportation system through road safety programs and regulations
  • Regulating toll rates for roads and bridges
  • Building, maintaining, operating, managing, monitoring and controlling all public works projects related to transportation infrastructures such as airports, seaports, highways and railways
  • Implementing traffic management strategies for private vehicles like cars and jeepneys in Metro Manila
  • Monitoring and enforcing traffic laws, such as speed limits and parking regulations Representing the Philippines in international transportation forums like the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Laws/Department Orders Enacted by the DOTr

Department Order No. 2021-014
Change of Office Name from Internal Audit Office to Internal Audit Service

Department Order No. 2021-013
Promulgation and Adoption of the Automatic Fare Collection System (“AFCS”) Transport Acceptance Procedures (AP) for Fare Media Issuers (FMI)

Department Order No. 2021-012
Revision and/or Amendment of the Department Order No. 2019-005 date 07 March 2019 (Re: Amendment of Department Order No. 2017-007, As Amended by Department Order No. 2018-010: Omnibus Delegation/ Delineation of Functions in the DOTr-Central office and PMOs under the Department)

Department Order No. 2021-011
Revised DOTr Human Resource Merit Selection and Promotion Plan (DOTr-HRMSPP)

Department Order No. 2021-010
Designation of the Single Point of Contact for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS)

Department Order No. 2021-009
An Order Amending the Duration of DO 2020-017 under RA 11494 otherwise known as the Bayanihan to recover as One Act, to extend the validity of the functions of Implementation Committee and Oversight Committee, for the purpose of continuous implementation of the service contract program under RA 11518 otherwise known as the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA)

Department Order No. 2021-007
Rules and Regulations Governing Scholarship and Training Programs in the Department

Department Order No. 2021-006
Supplemental Rules and Regulations Governing the Use of Limited Access Facilities (Expressways) By Motorcycles (Department Order No. 2007-038)

Department Order No. 2021-004
Establishment of Project Management Office for the Implementation of the Greenways Project

Department Order No. 2021-003
Addendum to Department Order No. 2020-012 requiring Cashless or Contactless Transaction for All Vehicles traveling on Toll Expressways

Department Order No. 2021-002
Revisions and/or Amendments to Department Order No. 2019-005 dated 07 March 2019 Re: Amendment of Department Order No. 2017-007, as Amended by 2018-010: Omnibus Delegation/ Delineation of Functions in the DOTr-Central Office and PMOs under the Department

Department Order No. 2020-021
Amendment of Item III (3) of Department Order 2019-0051

Department Order No. 2020-021
Guidelines for the scrapping of old Public Utility Vehicle Units (PUVS) under the Department Order 2017-011 otherwise known as the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines

Department Order No. 2020-020
Amendment in the signing authority for checks/LDDAP-ADA and other Bank Transactions.

Department Order No. 2020-019
Promulgation of the PCG Manual on the Rules on the use of force for Maritime Security and Law Enforcement Operations

Department Order No. 2020-018
Amendment of Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Department Order No. 2002-18 to transfer the port of Dumangas under the Administrative Jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)

Department Order No. 2020-018
Guidelines on the Implementation of DOTr Interventions for Critically Impacted Businesses Pursuant to Section 4 (gg) of the Bayanihan to recover as One Act

Department Order No. 2020-017
An Order for the Implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Service Contracting Program and related activities.

Department Order No. 2020-016
Establishing the Project Steering Committee for the Automatic Fare Collection System Pilot Production Testing with Land bank of the Philippines

Department Order No. 2020-015
Establishment of Project Management Office for the Implementation of the Davao City Public Transport Modernization Project

Department Order No. 2020-014
Guidelines and Protocols for Active Transportation and Light Mobility Vehicles

Department Order No. 2020-013
Hiring of MRT3 Train Drivers and other trainees as Job Order (“JO”) Personnel and Amendment to the Levels of Authority (A.K.A. delegation/delineation of functions) for the MRT3 Project Management Office (“PMO”) on Personnel Matters

Department Order No. 2020-012
Requiring Cashless or Contactless Transaction for all Vehicles Travelling on Toll Expressways

Department Order No. 2020-011
Extension of Transition period set under Department Order No. 2017-11, otherwise known as the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, Amid the Covid19 Pandemic

Department Order No. 2020-010
Guidelines for the strengthening and institutionalization of the Department of Transportation-Gender and Development Focal Points System (DOTr-GFPS), its Composition, Functions, Roles, and Responsibilities

Department Order No. 2020-009
Prescribing a minimum free time period of Eight (8) days for cargoes unloaded by International Shipping Lines

Department Order No. 2020-008
Establishment and creation of the shippers’ protection office for the protection and assistance to shippers, both International and domestic, against unreasonable fees and charges imposed by International and Domestic Shipping Lines

Department Order No. 2020-007
Directive for all domestic shipping lines to provide cargo space allocation for agricultural and food products and providing for preferential cargo rates therefor

Department Order No. 2020-006
An Order amending Department Order No. 2018-016 to increase the Equity Subsidy

Department Order No. 2020-005
Implementing Rules and Regulations of Executive Order No. 96, s. 2019 Establishing the Philippine Railways Institute under the Department of Transportation as the Planning, Implementing, and Regulatory Agency for Human Resources Development in the Railway Sector.

Department Order No. 2020-004
Implementing Guidelines on the Prevention of the spread of the Corona Virus Disease-2019 (Covid-19) and availment of leave due to self-quarantine and/or treatment relative thereto, and for other purposes

Department Order No. 2020-003
Directing the Land Transportation Office to conduct Driver’s License Examination in English, Filipino, or other Regional Dialect at the option of the Examinee

Department Order No. 2020-002
Creation of a Special Pre-Qualification Bids and Awards Committee (SPBAC) for the Competitive Challenge (SWISS Challenge) process for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport

Department Order No. 2020-001
Constitution of a Steering Committee and Establishment of Motor Vehicle Inspection System-Project Management Office (MVIS-PMO) by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) pursuant to Department Order (DO) No. 2019-002

Department Order No. 2019-014
Amending Department Order No. 2012-10, as Amended

Department Order No. 2019-013
An Order Amening the Provisions of DO No. 2017-011 Allowing Hatchbacks and Sub-Compacts to Operate as Transportation Network Vehicke Services

Department Order No. 2019-012
Creation of the DOTr-Communications and Commuter Affairs Office (DOTr-CCAO)

Department Order No. 2019-011
DOTr Data Privacy Guidelines

Department Order No. 2019-010
An Order amending Department Orders Nos. 2011-018 and 2017-011 to include Electric Tricycles in the coverage of Tourist Transport Services

Department Order No. 2019-009
Rules, Regulation and Rates of Expenses and Allowances for Official and Foreign Travels of Government Personnel

Department Order No. 2019-008
Guidelines on the Approval and Evaluation of Unsolicited Proposals/ Joint Ventures (JVs)

Department Order No. 2019-007
An order amending provisions of D.O. No. 2015-011 for premium taxis, which shall hereunder be known as “Taxi Modernization Programme”

Department Order No. 2019-006
Amendment to DO 2012-14: Creation of the Bus rapid Transit National Steering Committee

Department Order No. 2019-005
Amendment of Department Order Nos. 2017-007, s amended by 2018-010: Omnibus delegation/delineation of functions in the DOTr-Central Office and PMOs under the Department

Department Order No. 2019-004
Rules and Regulations Governing Contract of Service/ Job Orders (COS/JO) workers

Department Order No. 2019-002
Revised order on Privatizing the Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (MVICs) through Authorization

Department Order No. 2019-0001
Amendment of Department Order Nos. 2017-007, as amended by 2018-010: Omnibus Delegation/ Delineation of functions in the DOTr-Central Office and PMO’s under the Department

Department Order No. 2018-023
Prescribing the procedure for the preparation of position papers to Congress (Senate and the House of Representatives)

Department Order No. 2018-022
Institutionalization of the Pantawis Pasada Program (PPP) and establishment of the National Project Management Office (PPP-NPMO) by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) pursuant to Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 001, series of 2018

Department Order No. 2018-021
Delineation of Functions in the Land Transportation Office in the National Capital Region

Department Order No. 2018-020
Revised guidelines on Mandatory Insurance Policies for Motor Vehicles and Personal Passenger Accident Insurance for Public Utility Vehicles

Department Order No. 2018-019
An order privatizing the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) through authorization

Department Order No. 2018-018
Revised implementating rules on the Gender and Development (GAD) guidelines for DOTr-Central Office

Department Order No. 2018-017
Establishment of Digital Media Offices (DMO) in DOTr attached agencies

Department Order No. 2018-016
Guidelines on the availment of the equity subsidy under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program

Department Order No. 2018-015
Guidelines and Procedures for the release and utilization of legal defense fund

Department Order No. 2018-013
Authority of the Land Transportation Franchising Board (LTRFB) to regulate the transport netwokr companies (TNCs) and Transportation Network Vehicles Service (TNVS)

Department Order No. 2018-012
MRT-3 Project Management Office (“PMO”) Mandate, Organization Structure, and Levels of Authority (a.k.a Delegation/ Delineation of Functions)

Department Order No. 2018-011
Implementing guidelines of Republic Act No. 9049 providing benefits and privileges for a Medal of Valor awardee, his/her widow/widoer and/ or dependents, as the case may be, relative to utilization of transportation services anywhere in the country

Department Order No. 2018-010
Amendment to Department Order No. 2017-007: Omnibus Delegation/ Delineation of Functions in the DOTr-Central Office and PMOs

Department Order No. 2018-009
Authorizing the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to conduct the disposal of impounded and abandoned vehicles

Department Order No. 2018-008
Guidelines on the Accreditation of speed limiter installers and testing facilities pursuant to Republic Act No. 10916, otherwise as the Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016

Department Order No. 2018-007
Utilization of PCG Officers Trained as Auditors/ Assessor relative to MARINA implementation of STCW regulation I/6 and A-I/6 (Training and Assessment)

Department Order No. 2018-006
Creation of an Inter-Agency council on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAs)

Department Order No. 2018-005 (A)
Submission of Project Status Report and Detailed Implementation Schedule (Physical and Financial Plan)

Department Order No. 2018-005
Prescribing the use of the DOTr Right of Way and site acquisition (ROWSA) Manual

Department Order No. 2018-004
Creation of the Office and position of the Deputy Commandant for Administration and Deputy Commandant for Operations

Department Order No. 2018-003
Establishment of separate regional offices for the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region XIII (CARAGA Administrative Region)

Department Order No. 2018-002
Standard template of certificate of employment and certificate of service

Department Order 2018-001
Institutionalization of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Team of the Transport Sector (Air, Rail, Water & Road)

Department Order No. 2017-012
Guidelines for Hiring Personnel under Contract of Service/ Job Order

Department Order No. 2017-011
Omnibus Guidelines on the Planning and Identification of Public Road Transportation Services and Franchise Issuance

Department Order No. 2017-010
Creation of the Office of Commuter Affairs at the DOTr-Central Office

Department Order No. 2017-009
Reiterating Department Order No.2002-030 and Strengthening the Mandatory Age Limit for Bus Type Unit and Trucks subject of or covered by Certificate of Public Convenience

Department Order No. 2017-008
Control & Supervision of Ports and Ships’ Security Operations by the Philippine Coast Guard

Department Order No. 2017-006
All Officials and Employees of the DOTr-Central Office, Project Management offices, DOTr-CAR/ CARAGA Regional Offices, and All Heads of Sectoral Offices, Attached Agencies and Corporations

 Department Order No. 2017-005
An Order Supplementing Department Order No. 2015-018 “Premium Point-to-Point Bus Services for Greater Manila”

Department Order No. 2017-004
Development & Implementation of Efficiency & Emissions Reduction Measures to Address CO2 Emissions from Aviation

Department Order No. 2017-003
Guidelines for Requesting Information/ Access to the MUCEP Database

 Department Order No. 2017-002
Creation of a Build, Build, Build (BBB) Committee

Department Order No. 2017-001
Official Name and Logo

List of Programs and Services of DOTr

Public Bidding:

The DOTr is responsible for the implementation of public bidding of government projects. It also provides information about these projects and manages the bidding process. The department provides a list of all upcoming public biddings in the website. These are usually posted at least one month before the opening date.

The department also provides information about the projects, such as the date of opening and closing, project description, and contact information for bidders. It also manages the bidding process by facilitating the submission of bids, evaluating these bids and awarding contracts.

Alternative Methods of Procurement:

The department also manages the procurement of goods and services through alternative methods. These include negotiated procurements, direct contracting and competitive tendering. Under negotiated procurement, the department contracts with a supplier or contractor without any prior bidding process. The government specifies all terms and conditions of the contract in advance, such as pricing and delivery schedule.

In a direct contracting procurement, the government enters into a contract directly with the supplier or contractor without any prior bidding process. This method is used when no other competitive procurement method is suitable or practical. Competitive tendering refers to inviting bids from multiple suppliers or contractors for goods and services. The department undertakes this process by issuing an invitation to tender (ITT) and advertising it in newspapers and other media outlets that reach potential bidders.

Blacklisting of Contractors:

The department blacklists contractors who have breached the terms of their contract, failed to complete work or caused delays. This means that a contractor cannot bid for any new contracts with the department for a specified period.

The department can also blacklist contractors who are under investigation for corruption. The duration of the ban depends on the severity of the offence, with a maximum ban of five years.

Foreign-Assisted Projects:

All public works projects that receive foreign funding must be subject to a competitive bidding process. For example, if you are bidding for a project that is partly funded by the World Bank, you will need to place your bid through their procurement arm, known as the Procurement Preparation Facility (PPF).


PPP projects are a type of public works project that is financed by the private sector. They are commonly used to build hospitals, schools and other social infrastructure projects. A PPP project begins with an idea for a new building or structure. The government will then issue a request for proposal (RFP), which outlines the project’s required specifications and design parameters.

Video: ‎Big-ticket transport projects of Duterte admin, will continue; system digitalization, advance – DOTr‎

Despite some delays, the Duterte administration’s big-ticket transport projects will continue as planned. This includes the digitalization of the country’s transport system, which is aimed at making it more efficient and user-friendly. The Department of Transportation is confident that these initiatives will help the Philippines catch up with its Southeast Asian neighbors in terms of development.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does DOTr Do Philippines?

The Department of Transportation of the Philippines (DOTr) is a government agency that focuses on the development and maintenance of transportation and communications infrastructure in the country.

2. Is LTO under DOTr?

Yes, the Land Transportation Office  is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Transportation responsible for all land transportation in the Philippines.

3. What are the roles functions of DOTr?

The Department of Transportation is the agency responsible for overseeing the planning and coordination of federal transportation projects. The agency also sets safety regulations for various modes of transportation.

4. Is DOTr and DOTC the same?

In 2016, the Department of Transportation’s information technology department became simply known as the DOTC. The DICT then transferred the various agencies of the agency to the new organization.

5. What are the land transport agencies in the Philippines?

Land Transportation Office (LTO)

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)

Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG)

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

Road Board.

6. What is the difference between LTO and LTFRB?

Currently, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is in charge of overseeing private cars in the country, while the Land Transportation Board (LTFRB) is responsible for public vehicles. However, the overlapping responsibilities of these two agencies can be seen in the way they issue professional licenses to drivers of public utility vehicles.

7. What agencies of government regulate land transportation in the Philippines?

The Department of Transportation is responsible for overseeing the regulation and development of transportation systems.

8. Is LRT owned by government?

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is regarded as the country’s premiere mass transit system. It provides reliable, efficient, and environment-friendly services to the people of Metro Manila. The agency was established on July 12, 1980, through Executive Order No. 12.


The Department of Transportation plays an important role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of the country’s transportation system. The department is responsible for the regulation and supervision of all modes of transportation, including air, land, and sea. It also oversees the construction and maintenance of the country’s transportation infrastructure. In addition, the Department of Transportation provides support and assistance to the transportation industry in the Philippines.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is the primary agency responsible for transportation in the Philippines. The DOTr implements policies, plans and projects that improve mobility and efficiency of transport in the country. It provides safety standards, regulation, licensing and enforcement of transportation services and vehicles.

The DOTr also oversees airports, railways, shipping ports and highways throughout the Philippines. The DOTr is led by the Secretary of Transportation, with two Undersecretaries and four assistant secretaries. It has offices located in Metro Manila and regions outside the capital. The DOTr is assisted by a number of agencies and offices, including the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Filipinos benefit from the programs and services offered by the DOTr by traveling on safe, reliable and efficient public transportation. The agency also ensures that road users are protected from accidents by enforcing traffic laws. Passengers can also rest easy knowing that their luggage will arrive safely at their destination thanks to the DOTr’s efforts.

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