Pan-Philippine Highway

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Pan-Philippine Highway
  • Maharlika Highway
  • Asian Highway 26
  • Daang Maharlika[1]
Map of the Philippines showing the route of Pan-Philippine Highway
The segment of the highway in Santo Tomas, Batangas
Route information
Maintained by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Length3,517 km[1] (2,185 mi)
Existed1960s–present
Major junctions
North endLaoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
South endZamboanga City, Philippines
Location
Provinces
Highway system
AH25AH29

The Pan-Philippine Highway, also known as the Maharlika Highway (Tagalog: Daang Maharlika; Cebuano: Dalang Halangdon) is a 3,517-kilometer (2,185 mi) network of roads, expressways, 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. It is the longest highway in the Philippines that forms the country's north–south backbone component of the National Route 1 (N1) of the Philippine highway network. The entire highway is designated as Asian Highway 26 (AH26) of the Asian Highway Network.[1]

The northern terminus of the highway is in Laoag and the southern terminus is in Zamboanga City.[1]

Development[edit]

The highway was proposed in 1965, and built under the administration of 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 centers 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, during the administration of President Fidel Ramos, 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 travelers and tourists.

In March 2018, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar inaugurated the 24.61-kilometer (15.29 mi) arterial road that will link the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) with the Maharlika Highway that traverses the central part of Luzon.[2]

Asian Highway Network[edit]

The Pan-Philippine Highway is designated as 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 system that is isolated from every other highway; island-based sections of the Asian Highway Network in Japan (AH1), Sri Lanka (AH43) and Indonesia (AH2) are all linked to the mainland sections by ferries to South Korea (AH1), India (Dhanushkodi), and Singapore, respectively.

Associated Routes[edit]

N1/AH26 Reassurance Marker along EDSA in Quezon City
E2/AH26 Reassurance Marker along South Luzon Expressway in Muntinlupa
Segment of the Pan-Philippine Highway in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur

AH26 runs along the following thoroughfares:[3]

Auxiliary Routes[edit]

Roxas Boulevard passing through the capital city of Manila

Alternatively, AH26 runs along the following thoroughfares:[3]

Luzon
Visayas
Mindanao

Intersections[edit]

Patapat Viaduct carries the Pan-Philippine Highway in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte
Cagayan
Isabela
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Ecija
Bulacan
The intersection of Doña Remedios Trinidad Highway (AH26) and Pulilan Regional Road (N115) in Pulilan.
Metro Manila
Cavite
Laguna (2nd segment)
Batangas
Laguna (3rd segment)
Quezon
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Albay
Sorsogon
Northern Samar
Samar
Samar–Leyte boundary
The San Juanico Bridge carries the Pan-Philippine Highway between Samar and Leyte
Leyte
Southern Leyte
Surigao del Norte
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Davao de Oro
Davao del Norte
N1/AH26 (Pan-Philippine Highway) as J.P. Laurel Avenue crossing the Bajada Flyover, which carries N918 (Buhangin–Lapanday Road), in Davao City
Davao Del Sur
  • N913 in Buhawan, Davao City (eastern terminus)
  • N915 in Buhangin, Davao City
  • N916 in Agdao, Davao City (eastern terminus)
  • N917 in Agdao, Davao City
  • N918 in Agdao & Buhangin, Davao City
  • N919 / N920 in Poblacion, Davao City
  • N919 in Poblacion, Davao City
  • N920 in Poblacion, Davao City
  • N921 in Talomo, Davao City
  • N916 in Talomo, Davao City (western terminus)
  • N913 in Talomo, Davao City (western terminus)
  • N10 in Talomo, Davao City
  • N923 in Digos (northern terminus)
  • N75 in Digos
  • N924 in Digos
  • N923 in Digos (southern terminus)
  • N930 in Sulop
South Cotabato
Sultan Kudarat
Maguindanao
Lanao del Sur
Zamboanga del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay
Zamboanga City

Auxiliary routes[edit]

Pasay Rotonda, an intersection of N1/AH26 (EDSA) and N170 (Taft Avenue) in Pasay
Metro Manila (western route) – part of N1 and N120
Visayas (western route) – part of N70
Mindanao – part of N10

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Pan-Philippine Highway also has alternative names, especially locally within the poblacion of respective town and cities.

  1. ^ a b A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway in Laoag and Pagadian is locally known as J.P. Rizal Avenue, respectively.
  2. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway stretching north out of Laoag is known as Gen. Segundo Avenue.
  3. ^ A segment of Bangag-Magapit Road is also known as Logac-Magapit Road in Lal-lo, Cagayan.
  4. ^ The segment of Maharlika Highway from Isabela to Bulacan is also known as Cagayan Valley Road.
  5. ^ Pan-Philippine Highway is also known as Doña Remedios Trinidad Highway from San Rafael to Pulilan in Bulacan, bypassing the respective municipal centers of Baliuag and Bustos.
  6. ^ a b A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the town proper is locally known as J.P. Rizal Street.
  7. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the town proper of Tiaong, Quezon is locally known as Doña Tating Street and Don V. Robles Street, respectively.
  8. ^ a b c A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the town proper is locally known as Rizal Avenue.
  9. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the town proper of Sariaya, Quezon is locally known as General Luna Street.
  10. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the town proper of Pagbilao, Quezon is locally known as Recto Street and Figueroa Street, respectively.
  11. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the town proper of Gumaca, Quezon is locally known as Bonifacio Street.
  12. ^ An alternative route to Pan-Philippine Highway is the Highway 68 or Quirino Highway that will bypass Camarines Norte entirely and will shorten the route by four hours.
  13. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the town proper of Milaor, Camarines Sur is locally known as Mabolo Road.
  14. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the city proper of Naga, Camarines Sur is locally known as Roxas Avenue.
  15. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the city proper of Sorsogon City is locally known as Rizal Street and Magsaysay Avenue, respectively
  16. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the city proper of Calbayog, Samar is locally known as Jose D. Avelino Street.
  17. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway at the city proper of Catbalogan, Samar is locally known as Del Rosario Street, Curry Avenue, San Roque Street, and Rizal Avenue Extension, respectively.
  18. ^ The segment of Davao-Agusan National Highway from Lanang towards the city proper of Davao City is also known as J.P. Laurel Avenue.
  19. ^ A segment of Isulan-Surallah Road in Isulan is locally known as Sen. Ninoy Aquino Avenue.
  20. ^ A segment of Marbel-Allah Valley-Cotabato Road at the city proper of Cotabato City is locally known as Sinsuat Avenue and Quezon Avenue, respectively.
  21. ^ a b A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway here is locally known as National Highway.
  22. ^ A segment of Pan-Philippine Highway in Zamboanga City is locally known as Maria Clara L. Lobregat Highway, Veterans Avenue, Governor Lim Avenue, and Don Pablo Lorenzo Street, respectively.
  23. ^ a b Alternative name varies, according to its segments between towns/cities. For example, Palo–Carigara–Ormoc Road is also known as Palo–Santa Fe Road from Palo to Santa Fe, Leyte.
  24. ^ A segment of Palo–Carigara–Ormoc Road at the town proper of Ormoc is locally known as Real Street and Aviles Street, respectively.
  25. ^ Ormoc–Baybay–Southern Leyte Boundary Road at the town proper of Albuera, Leyte is locally known as Lawis Street and Rizal Street, respectively.
  26. ^ A segment of Ormoc–Baybay–Southern Leyte Boundary Road at the town proper of Baybay, Leyte is locally known as Apolinario Mabini Street and Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Department Order No. 15, Series of 2009" (PDF). Department of Public Works and Highways. 27 February 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  2. ^ "North Luzon expressway, Maharlika highway linked". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Road and Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved June 16, 2020.

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