|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/freeman") Highway () 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 built under President Ferdinand Marcos's governance. 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.
- Gen. Segundo Avenue, Laoag
- Bacarra - Tuguegarao
- Cagayan Valley Road: Tuguegarao - Ilagan - Santiago - Bayombong - Muñoz - Cabanatuan - Gapan - San Miguel - Baliuag
- Doña Remedios Trinidad Road: Baliuag - Pulilan - Guiguinto - Santa Rita (Guiguinto)
- NLEX: Santa Rita (Guiguinto) - Balintawak (Quezon City)
- EDSA (Eastern Route): Balintawak (Quezon City) - Magallanes (Makati)
- SLEX: Magallanes (Makati) - Turbina (Calamba)
- Turbina (Calamba) - Santo Tomas - Alaminos - San Pablo - Tiaong - Lucena - Daet - Naga - Legazpi - Sorsogon City - Matnog
- Ferry from Matnog to Allen
- Allen - Catbalogan - Tacloban - Liloan
- Ferry from Liloan to Surigao City
- Surigao City - Butuan - Bayugan - Tagum - Davao City - Digos - General Santos - Koronadal - Tacurong - Sultan Kudarat - Pagadian - Ipil - Zamboanga City
- C-4 Road, Radial Road 10, Roxas Boulevard, EDSA (Western Route): Balintawak (Quezon City) - Monumento (Caloocan) - Navotas - Ermita (Manila) - Pasay - Magallanes (Makati)
Asian Highway Network
The Pan-Philippine Highway is designated as 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 (), Sri Lanka (AH43) and Indonesia () are all linked to the mainland sections by ferries to South Korea (), India (Dhanushkodi), and Singapore, respectively.
- Transportation in the Philippines
- Department of Public Works and Highways (Philippines)
- Asian Highway Network
- Philippine Nautical Highway System
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- http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/pdf/issuances/DO/09/DO_015_S2009.pdf (describes AH26 as MOSTLY segments of the Daang Maharlika)
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