Signs pointing directions to Baguio and Manila
A sign in Pasay near the NAIA Expressway and Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Road signs in the Philippines are regulated and standardized by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).[1][2] Most of the signs reflect minor influences from American and Australian signs but keep a design closer to the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, to which the Philippines is an original signatory.[3][4] The Philippines signed the convention on November 8, 1968, and ratified it on December 27, 1973.[5]

Part 2 of the Highway Safety Design Standards Manual mandates the use of the Standard alphabets, often referred to as Highway Gothic. It contains a reproduction of the former Australian implementation AS1744-1975 Standard Alphabets in the appendix pp A103-A146.[1] Clearview appears to have supplanted it, and other fonts are in use.

Regulatory signs

Regulatory signs indicate the application of legal or statutory requirements. Disregarding these signs may constitute the road user to an offense.[1]

Priority signs

Directional signs

Restrictive signs

Speed signs

Parking signs

Miscellaneous signs

Warning signs

Warning signs are used to warn road users to the potential hazard along, or adjacent to, the road.[1]

Horizontal alignment signs

Intersection and junction signs

Advance warning of traffic control devices signs

Road width signs

Road obstacle signs

Pedestrian signs

Railroad crossing signs

Supplementary signs

Other warning road signs

Guide or information signs

Guide or information signs are used to inform road users about the direction and distances of the route that they are following.[1]

Advance direction signs

Intersection direction signs

Reassurance direction signs

Finger board and direction signs for less important roads

Street signs

Town names and geographical feature signs

Service signs

Tourist information and tourist destination signs

Route marker signs

Asian highway route marker signs

Expressway signs

Expressway signs are signs that are used on, or near, controlled-access roads.[1]

Expressway approach signs

Expressway information signs

Advance exit signs

Exit direction signs

Expressway service signs

End of expressway signs

Toll signs

Expressway traffic instruction and regulatory signs

Traffic instruction signs

Traffic instruction signs are used to instruct a road user to follow a direction or perform an action. These are also used as a supplement for regulatory and warning signs.[1]

Supplementary signs

Movement instruction signs

Hazard markers

Hazard markers are signs that are usually used in places with obstructions and curves. These signs may be used with or after a warning sign.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h The Highway Safety Design Standards Manual of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH):
    • Part 1: Road Safety Design Manual. Department of Public Works and Highways. May 2012.
    • Part 2: Road Signs and Pavement Markings Manual. Department of Public Works and Highways. May 2012.
  2. ^ Consunji, Robby (August 18, 2018). "How to contest a violation because of a hidden 'No Entry' sign". Top Gear Philippines. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 207 – Ratifying the 1968 Vienna Conventions of the United Nations on Road Traffic and Road Signs and Signals, Respectively". Official Gazette. President of the Philippines. June 6, 1973. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  4. ^ Hermoso, Tito F. (November 6, 2018). "Built against the odds (3)". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  5. ^ "United Nations Treaty Collection". Retrieved December 10, 2023.