Executive departments of the Philippines
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The executive departments of the Philippines are the largest component of the executive branch of the government of the Philippines. These departments comprise the largest part of the country's bureaucracy. The secretaries of these departments are referred to as the Cabinet of the Philippines—these two however, are not synonymous to each other since some members of the Cabinet do not have their own respective departments.
Under the mandate of the 1973 Constitution during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, executive departments were converted into ministries from 1978 until the end of his administration. For example, the Department of Education became the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. Twenty-one departments have been established since then.
Current executive departments
|Seal||Department||Acronym||Date established||Head office location|
|Department of Agrarian Reform
Kagawaran ng Repormang Pansakahan
|DAR (KRP)||September 1, 1971||Elliptical Road, Quezon City|
|Department of Agriculture
Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka
|DA (KPS)||June 23, 1898||Elliptical Road, Quezon City|
|Department of Budget and Management
Kagawaran ng Pagbabadyet at Pamamahala
|DBM (KPP)||April 25, 1936||San Miguel, Manila|
|Department of Education
Kagawaran ng Edukasyon
|DepEd (KEd)||January 21, 1901||Meralco Avenue, Pasig|
|Department of Energy
Kagawaran ng Enerhiya
|DOE (KEn)||December 9, 1992||Bonifacio Global City, Taguig|
|Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman
|DENR (KKLY)||January 1, 1917||Visayas Avenue, Quezon City|
|Department of Finance
Kagawaran ng Pananalapi
|DOF (KNPN)||April 17, 1897||Roxas Boulevard, Manila|
|Department of Foreign Affairs
Kagawaran ng Ugnayang Panlabas
|DFA (KUP)||June 23, 1898||Roxas Boulevard, Pasay|
|Department of Health
Kagawaran ng Kalusugan
|DOH (KNKL)||September 29, 1898||Tayuman, Manila|
|Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development
Kagawaran ng Pananahanang Pantao at Pagpapaunlad ng Kalunsuran
|DHSUD (KPPPK)||February 14, 2019||Diliman, Quezon City|
|Department of Information and Communications Technology
Kagawaran ng Teknolohiyang Pang-Impormasyon at Komunikasyon
|DICT (KTIK)||June 9, 2016||Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City|
|Department of the Interior and Local Government
Kagawaran ng Interyor at Pamahalaang Lokal
|DILG (KIPL)||March 22, 1897||Quezon Avenue, Quezon City|
|Department of Justice
Kagawaran ng Katarungan
|DOJ (KNKT)||April 17, 1897||Padre Faura, Manila|
|Department of Labor and Employment
Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo
|DOLE (KNPE)||December 8, 1933||Intramuros, Manila|
|Department of National Defense
Kagawaran ng Tanggulang Pambansa
|DND (KTP)||November 1, 1939||Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City|
|Department of Public Works and Highways
Kagawaran ng mga Pagawain at Lansangang Bayan
|DPWH (KPLB)||June 23, 1898||Port Area, Manila|
|Department of Science and Technology
Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya
|DOST (KNAT)||January 30, 1987||Bicutan, Taguig|
|Department of Social Welfare and Development
Kagawaran ng Kalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad
|DSWD (KKPP)||January 21, 1899||Batasan Hills, Quezon City|
|Department of Tourism
Kagawaran ng Turismo
|DOT (KNT)||May 11, 1973||Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati|
|Department of Trade and Industry
Kagawaran ng Kalakalan at Industriya
|DTI (KKI)||June 23, 1898||Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati|
|Department of Transportation
Kagawaran ng Transportasyon
|DOTr (KNTr)||January 23, 1899||Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga|
Former executive departments
The departments listed below are defunct agencies which have been abolished, integrated, reorganized or renamed into the existing executive departments of the Philippines.
- Department of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce
- Department of Communications and Public Works
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Foreign Relations
- Department of Public Education
- Department of Wars and Marine
- Department of Agriculture and Commerce
- Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Department of Commerce and Police
- Department of Health and Public Welfare
- Department of Finance and Justice
- Department of Instruction
- Department of Labor
- Department of National Defense
- Department of Public Instruction
- Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Department of Commerce and Industry
- Department of General Services
- Department of Social Welfare
Martial Law Era (Fourth Republic)
- Ministry of Agriculture and Food
- Ministry of Education and Culture
- Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
- Ministry of Human Settlements
- Ministry of Industry
- Ministry of Labor
- Ministry of Local Government and Community Development
- Ministry of National Defense
- Ministry of Natural Resources
- Ministry of Public Highways
- Ministry of Public Information
- Ministry of Public Works, Transportation and Communications
- Ministry of Social Services and Development
- Ministry of Trade and Tourism
- Ministry of Youth and Sports Development
- Department of Education, Culture and Sports
- Department of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
- Department of Land Reform
- Department of Transportation and Communications
Agencies elevated to department rank
- National Science and Technology Authority → Department of Science and Technology (1987)
- Office of Energy Affairs → Department of Energy (1992)
- Office of Information and Communications Technology → Department of Information and Communications Technology (2016)
- Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council → Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (2019)
Proposed executive departments
- "Department of Sports"
- "Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources", proposed by Senator Francis Pangilinan and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
- "Department of Culture" or "Department of Arts and Culture"
- "Department of Water Resources"
- "Department of Disaster Resilience"
- "Department of Overseas Filipinos", proposed by Senator Bong Go and supported by President Rodrigo Duterte.
- Cabinet of the Philippines – the heads of the executive departments of the Philippines
- List of Cabinets of the Philippines
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- Reganit, Jose Cielito (November 12, 2019). "House panels approve Department of Water Resources creation". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
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