With a population of 100.98 million in 2015 scattered across the 2,000 permanently inhabited islands, the Philippines has the lowest road density among the TCC partner countries with 88.62% of all the roads being paved in 2015[1]. In 2015, 2- and 3- wheelers accounted for 56.02% of the total number of registered vehicles[2]. The car ownership rate is relatively low and equalled 30 passenger cars per 1,000 capita in 2010[3].

TCC Philippines directly works with the Road Transport Planning Division under the Office of the Undersecretary for Planning and the Office of the Undersecretary for Road Transportation and Infrastructure of the Department of Transportation (DoTr). TCC Philippines also closely collaborates with the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to mobilise activities on fuel economy and green freight and logistics, respectively.


100.98 million (2015 cenus)

Urban population

33.6% of total population (2015) [2]

GDP per capita (current USD) [3]

US$ 2,111.1 (2015)

Transport CO2 emissions (Mt) [4]


Number of vehicles in 2013 [5] (growth compared to previous year)

40 790 84 (16%)

Motorisation rate

380 vehicles/ 1000 inhabitants

Country activities

In the Philippines, the project initially focused on extensive support for the institutionalisation and management of the Special Vehicle Pollution Control Fund (SVPCF). This includes the (i) development of the operating policies and guidelines for the implementation and monitoring of the SVPCF and (ii) the institutional strengthening of the Environmentally Sustainable Initiatives Transportation Unit (ESITU) under the Road Transport Planning Division. The project also supported the development of the stock-taking report on transport and climate change entitled ‘Tracking Sustainable Transport in the Philippines: Data and Policy Review for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change’ and the updating of the National Implementation Plan (NIP) on Environment Improvement in the Land Transport Sector 2016-2020, as products in the first phase

In line with the updated NIP in the Land Transport Sector 2016—2020 of the DoTr that included better freight and logistics management as one of the priority areas, the project has provided technical inputs to the Philippine Multi-modal Transportation and Logistics Industry Roadmap, spearheaded by the Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Association, Inc. (PISFA), and which was launched in March 2016. Technical contributions to support the development of a green freight and logistics strategy is a foreseen area of support by the project in collaboration with DOTr and DTI.

Moreover, the project is also supporting the vehicle fuel economy standards and labelling scheme by further developing the fuel economy roadmap with DOE and which is in line with the NIP of the DoTr.

For more information, please contact our country coordinator Ms Hannah Ebro.

[1] Department of Public Works and Highways (2015). Road Data.
[2] Land Transportation Office (2015). Annual Report.
[3] Source: Nationmaster, URL: last checked 16/10/2016.
[1] Philippine Statistics Authority (2015). Census Population.
[2] Philippine Statistics Authority (2015). Urban Population and Level of Urbanization by Region.
[3] Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (2016). Selected Economic and Financial Indicators.
[4] Clean Air Asia (2012). Accessing Asia: Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases from Road Transport and Electricity.
Also cited in the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (2016). Tracking Sustainable Transport in the Philippines: Data and Policy Review for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change 2015. To be published.
[5] Vehicles include passenger cars, utility vehicles, freight vehicles, motorcycles and buses.
[6] Land Transportation Office (2015). Annual Report.
[7] NTPP Project Estimates, AusAID Activity 1 Report 2008. Also cited in the National Implementation Plan on Environment Improvement in the Transport Sector 2016-2020. Department of Transportation. Philippines
[8] ASEAN (2015). Statistical Yearbook.