|Length:||3,517 km (2,185 mi)|
|North end:||Laoag City, Ilocos Norte|
|South end:||Zamboanga City|
|Highways in the Philippines|
The Pan-Philippine Highway, also known as the Maharlika ("Nobility/Free People") Highway (AH26 AH26) is a 3,517 km (2,185 mi) network of roads, bridges, and ferry services that connect the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao in the Philippines, serving as the country's principal transport backbone.
The highway was proposed in 1965, and constructed during the rule of the autocratic President Ferdinand Marcos. Government planners believed that the motorway and other connected roads would stimulate agricultural production by reducing transport costs, encourage social and economic development outside existing major urban centres such as Manila, and expand industrial production for domestic and overseas markets. Construction was supported by loans and grants from foreign aid institutions, including the World Bank.
The highway was rehabilitated and improved in 1997 with assistance from the Japanese government, and dubbed the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway. In 1998, the Department of Tourism designated 35 sections of the highway as "Scenic Highways", with developed amenities for travellers and tourists.
- Laoag City - Tuguegarao
- Cagayan Valley Road: Cagayan - Isabela - Nueva Vizcaya - Nueva Ecija - Bulacan
- Doña Remedios Trinidad Road: Baliuag - Pulilan
- MacArthur Highway: Guiguinto - Valenzuela - Caloocan
- Rizal Avenue: Caloocan - Manila
- Ronquillo and Bustos Streets: Plaza Carriedo
- Plaza Sta. Cruz
- Padre Burgos Street
- Taft Avenue: Manila - Pasay
- Redemptorist Road: Pasay - Parañaque
- E. Quirino Avenue: Parañaque - Las Piñas
- Alabang-Zapote Road
- National Highway: Muntinlupa - Calamba
- Calamba - Batangas - Laguna - Quezon - Camarines Norte - Camarines Sur - Albay - Sorsogon
- Ferry from Matnog to Allen, Northern Samar
- Northern Samar - Samar - Leyte - Southern Leyte
- Ferry from Liloan, Southern Leyte to Surigao City
- Surigao del Norte - Agusan del Norte - Agusan del Sur - Compostela Valley - Davao del Norte - Davao City - Davao del Sur - Sarangani - South Cotabato - Sultan Kudarat - Maguindanao - Cotabato - Lanao del Sur - Lanao del Norte - Zamboanga del Sur - Zamboanga City
Asian Highway Network
The Pan-Philippine Highway is designated as AH26 AH26 in the Asian Highway Network, a cooperative project which seeks to improve highway systems and standards across the continent. It is currently the only highway in the network that does not connect to any other highway in the network — the sections of the Asian Highway Network in Japan (AH1 AH1), Sri Lanka (AH43 AH43) and Indonesia (AH2 AH2) are all linked to the mainland sections by ferries to South Korea (AH1 AH1), India (Dhanushkodi), and Singapore, respectively.
- Transportation in the Philippines
- Department of Public Works and Highways (Philippines)
- Asian Highway Network
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