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[edit]

All departments are listed by their present-day name with their English names on top and Filipino names at the bottom. Department heads are listed at the Cabinet of the Philippines article.

Seal Department Acronym Date established Head office location
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).svg Department of Agrarian Reform
Kagawaran ng Repormang Pansakahan
DAR (KRP) September 1, 1971 Elliptical Road, Quezon City
Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.svg Department of Agriculture
Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka
DA (KPS) June 23, 1898 Elliptical Road, Quezon City
Department of Budget and Management (DBM).svg Department of Budget and Management
Kagawaran ng Pagbabadyet at Pamamahala
DBM (KPP) April 25, 1936 San Miguel, Manila
Department of Education.svg Department of Education
Kagawaran ng Edukasyon
DepEd (KEd) January 21, 1901 Meralco Avenue, Pasig
Seal of the Department of Energy (Philippines).svg Department of Energy
Kagawaran ng Enerhiya
DOE (KEn) December 9, 1992 Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Seal of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.svg 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 (DOF).svg Department of Finance
Kagawaran ng Pananalapi
DOF (KNPN) April 17, 1897 Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Seal of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.svg Department of Foreign Affairs
Kagawaran ng Ugnayang Panlabas
DFA (KUP) June 23, 1898 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay
Department of Health (DOH) PHL.svg Department of Health
Kagawaran ng Kalusugan
DOH (KNKL) September 29, 1898 Tayuman, Manila
Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).svg 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 (DICT).svg 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 (DILG) Seal - Logo.svg 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 (DOJ).svg Department of Justice
Kagawaran ng Katarungan
DOJ (KNKT) April 17, 1897 Padre Faura, Manila
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).svg Department of Labor and Employment
Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo
DOLE (KNPE) December 8, 1933 Intramuros, Manila
Department of National Defense - DND (Philippines).svg Department of National Defense
Kagawaran ng Tanggulang Pambansa
DND (KTP) November 1, 1939 Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).svg Department of Public Works and Highways
Kagawaran ng mga Pagawain at Lansangang Bayan
DPWH (KPLB) June 23, 1898 Port Area, Manila
DOST seal.svg Department of Science and Technology
Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya
DOST (KNAT) January 30, 1987 Bicutan, Taguig
Seal of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.svg Department of Social Welfare and Development
Kagawaran ng Kalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad
DSWD (KKPP) January 21, 1899 Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Department of Tourism (DOT).svg Department of Tourism
Kagawaran ng Turismo
DOT (KNT) May 11, 1973 Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati
DTI PH new logo.svg Department of Trade and Industry
Kagawaran ng Kalakalan at Industriya
DTI (KKI) June 23, 1898 Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati
Department of Transportation (Philippines).svg Department of Transportation
Kagawaran ng Transportasyon
DOTr (KNTr) January 23, 1899 Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga

Former executive departments[edit]

The departments listed below are defunct agencies which have been abolished, integrated, reorganized or renamed into the existing executive departments of the Philippines.

First Republic[edit]

  • 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

Commonwealth Period[edit]

  • 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

Third Republic[edit]

  • Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Department of Commerce and Industry
  • Department of General Services
  • Department of Social Welfare

Martial Law Era (Fourth Republic)[edit]

  • 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

Fifth Republic[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Proposed executive departments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill for creation of Department of Sports being proposed". Rappler. August 19, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  2. ^ "Bill seeks creation of dep't of fisheries". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 12, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  3. ^ de la Cruz, Jovee Marie (October 10, 2019). "From a bureau to a department: House leaders propose BFAR transformation". Business Mirror. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  4. ^ Quismorio, Ellson. "Culture, art agencies to get budget boost from proposed Department of Culture". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  5. ^ Rosario, Ben (July 21, 2020). "House Speaker seeks creation of Department of Arts and Culture to promote PH arts". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  6. ^ Reganit, Jose Cielito (November 12, 2019). "House panels approve Department of Water Resources creation". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  7. ^ Acosta, Renzo (January 19, 2020). "Senate to prioritize creation of Department of Disaster Resilience". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "LIST: Stimulus bills, new departments top Duterte's Congress wish list". CNN Philippines. July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  9. ^ "Bong Go pushes department solely for OFW concerns". The Manila Times. November 19, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  10. ^ "Duterte backs Go's proposal to create OFW department". Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 14, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2020.

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