Department of Transportation and Communications

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Department of Transportation and Communications

Logo of the Department of Transportation and Communications

Established: July 23, 1979
Secretary: Leandro R. Mendoza
Budget: P7.328 billion (2005)
Website: www.dotc.gov.ph

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.

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History

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.

When the Philippine Executive Commission was established in 1942, President Jose P. Laurel appointed Quintin Paredes as Minister of Public Works and Communications.

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
4 Jose Avelino 1939 1941
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
7 Sotero Cabahug 1945 1946
8 Ricardo Nepumoceno 1946 1949 Manuel Roxas
Sergio Osmena
9 Propsero Sanidad 1949 1951
10 Sotero Baluyot 1951 1952
11 Pablo Lorenzo 1952 1953
Secretary of Public Works, Transportation and Communications
12 Vicente Orosa 1954 1955 Ramon Magsaysay
13 Florencio Moreno 1955 1961
Carlos P. Garcia
14 Marciano Bautista 1961 1962 Diosdado Macapagal
15 Paulino Cases 1962 1962
16 Brigido Valenica 1962 1963
17 Jorge Abad 1963 1965
18 Antonio Raquiza 1966 1968 Ferdinand Marcos
19 Rene Espina 1968 1969
20 Antonio Syquio 1969 1970
21 David Consunji 1970 1975
22 Alfredo Juinio 1975 1978
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
26 Oscar Orbos 1990 1992
27 Arturo Corona 1990 1992
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

Sectoral Offices

Project Management Office

  • Metro Rail Transit (MRT)

Attached Agencies


Current Projects

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:

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