Department of Transportation and Communications
|Established:||July 23, 1979|
|Secretary:||Leandro R. Mendoza|
|Budget:||P7.328 billion (2005)|
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is the entity of the executive branch of the Philippine government whose primary tasks are to plan, program, coordinate, implement and administer policies for the promotion, development and regulation of a reliable and coordinated network of transportation and communications systems.
The history of the Department of Transportation and Communications can be traced back to the establishment of the first Council of Government of the First Philippine Republic. In 1899, Gracio Gonzaga was appointed as Secretary of Public Welfare, which included the transportation and communications services. When Pedro Paterno became president, the department became the Communicaciones y Obras Publicas (Communications and Public Works Department), with Maximo Paterno as secretary.
In 1902, the Philippine Commission established the Department of Commerce and Police . It evolved into the Department of Commerce and Communications under Reorganization Act No. 2666 of 1916.
From 1917 to 1922, Cebu governor Dionisio Jakosalem served as Secretary of Commerce and Communication and implemented the construction of roads and public buildings, linking the southern and northern parts of the province.
The Department of Commerce and Communications became the Department of Public Works and Communications in 1931, when the Philippine Legislature passed Act No. 4007, which lacked the proper composition and functions of the said department until its reorganization on 15 November 1935 during the inauguration of the Commonwealth Government. The DPWC was composed of the Bureau of Public Works, Ports, Aeronautics, Coast and Geodetic Survey, Metropolitan Water District Division of Marine, Railway and Repair Shop, National Radio Broadcasting, Irrigation Council and Board of Examiners for Civil, Mechanical, Chemical and Mining Engineers.
President Manuel Quezon reorganized and regrouped the cabinet during the Japanese occupation, making the DPWC the Department of National Defense, Public Works, Communications and Labor.
After World War II, the Department of Public Works and Communications was re-established by virtue of Executive Order No. 27.
In 1947, the Motor Vehicles office was placed under the department's supervision. In 1954, as promulgated by Executive Order No. 392, the DPWC was transformed into the Department of Public Works, Transportation and Communications (DPWTC), which includes the Bureaus of Public Works, Posts, Telecommunications, Motor Vehicles Office, Irrigation Council, Flood Control Commission, Radio Control Board, National Transportation Board and Government Quarters Committee.
When President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in 21 September 1972, the government implemented the Integrated Reorganization Plan No.1, which places all the infrastructure functions of Bureaus and Offices under the DPWTC.
Through Administrative Order No. 2, the Bureau of Public Highways was expanded and became the Department of Public Highways in 1 July 1974. Five years later, MPWTC was divided into two ministries: the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC). All bureaus and offices concerned with public works functions and activities went under the management of MPW. Likewise, all offices involved in transportation and communications went under the supervision of MOTC.
On 16 March 1987, MOTC was reorganized and transformed into a Department, pursuant to Executive Order No. 125 and 125-A.
On 12 January 2004, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 269, signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It was composed of the National Computer Center (NCC), the Telecommunications Office (TELOF), and all other operating units of the DOTC that deals with communications.
Functions and Responsibilities
The Department of Transportation and Communications is mandated to plan, program, coordinate, implement and administer policies for the promotion, development and regulation of a reliable and coordinated network of transportation and communications systems.
The Department is also responsible for the development and provision of efficient, effective and secure infrastructure in the transportation and communications sectors. The DOTC covers road, rail, water, communication and aviation industries, ensuring effective transport and communications infrastructure to allow for economic progress.
List of Secretaries of Transportation and Communications
(*) Acting Capacity
|#||Name||Term Began||Term Ended||President|
|Minister of Public Works and Communications|
|1||Maximo Paterno||1899||1899||Emilio Aguinaldo|
|Secretary of Public Works and Communications|
|2||Antonio de las Alas||1935||1936||Manuel Quezon|
|3||Mariano Jesus Cuenco||1936||1939|
|Secretary of National Defense, Public Works, Communications and Labor|
|5||Basilio Valdes||1941||1944||Manuel Quezon|
|Secretary of Public Works and Communications|
|6||Jose Paez||1944||1945||Sergio Osmena|
|8||Ricardo Nepumoceno||1946||1949||Manuel Roxas|
|Secretary of Public Works, Transportation and Communications|
|12||Vicente Orosa||1954||1955||Ramon Magsaysay|
|Carlos P. Garcia|
|14||Marciano Bautista||1961||1962||Diosdado Macapagal|
|18||Antonio Raquiza||1966||1968||Ferdinand Marcos|
|Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Communications|
|Alfredo Juinio||1978||1981||Ferdinand Marcos|
|Minister of Transportation and Communications|
|23||Jose P. Dans||1981||1986||Ferdinand Marcos|
|Secretary of Transportation and Communications|
|24||Hernando B. Perez||1986||1987||Corazon Aquino|
|25||Rainerio O. Reyes||1987||1989|
|28||Pete Nicomedes Prado||1992||1992|
|29||Jesus B. Garcia||July 1992||March 1996||Fidel Ramos|
|30||Amado S. Lagdameo||April 1996||April 1997|
|31||Arturo T. Enrile||April 1997||January 1998|
|32||Josefina Trinidad-Luchauco||January 1998||2001|
|33||Vicente C. Rivera||1998||2001||Joseph Estrada|
|34||Pantaleon D. Alvarez||2001||2002||Gloria Macapagal Arroyo|
|35||Leandro M. Mendoza||2002||2010|
|36||Anneli Lontoc||2010||June 30, 2010|
|37||Jose De Jesus||June 30, 2010||July 4, 2011||Benigno Aquino III|
|38||Manuel Roxas II||July 4, 2011||August 31, 2012|
|39||Joseph Emilio Abaya||August 31, 2012||Incumbent|
Sectoral and Attached Bureaus
- Maritime Transport
- Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
- Road Transport
Project Management Office
- Metro Rail Transit (MRT)
- Civil Aviation
- Maritime Transport
- PHILIPPINE Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA)
Upon his appointment, Joseph Emilio Abaya ensured that he would include the night-rating of several airports in the Philippines to support the growing tourism industry among his priority projects. This will include infrastructure projects such as the LTO/LTFRB IT program being done in open and transparent bidding process, transforming CAAP in order to upgrade the country’s status to CAT 1, and implementing MARINA’s STCW Convention.
Other projects include:
- 60B Line 1 - Cavite Extension
- Feasibility and Master Plan Study for the Catarman Airport Development Project
- P126M Iloilo City Parola Ferry Terminal and P20M Port Development Projects
- P126M Iloilo City Ferry Terminal Construction
- DOTC Restores Website After Momentary Defacement
- Mandate. dotc.gov.ph. (Accessed on 12 October 2012)
- Sectoral and Attached Agencies. dotc.gov.ph. (Accessed on 12 October 2012)
- The Philippines Department of Transportation and Communication. centreforaviation.com. (Accessed on 12 October 2012)
- . dotc.gov.ph. (Accessed on 12 October 2012)