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Orders, decorations, and medals of the Philippines

The orders and decorations conferred upon civilians and military personnel in the Republic of the Philippines, are listed by order of precedence. The first list is of civilian awards, which take precedence over and above military awards. The next list is of awards conferred upon the military or formerly military units. Philippine civilian orders and decorations are conferred by the President of the Philippines, in his or her capacity as head of state. In certain instances, the conferment of certain orders and decorations requires the concurrence of the Congress of the Philippines, or of certain advisory bodies.

Civilian DecorationsEdit

The civilian order of precedence, established by the Honors Code of the Philippines (Executive Order No. 236), is as follows:[1]

The insignia of the Order of Lakandula.
First Class Rank
Second Class Rank
Third Class Rank
Fourth Class Rank
Fifth Class Rank
Sixth Class Rank
Seventh Class Rank

This means that the Quezon Service Cross, for example, is highest; followed by the Orders of Lakandula, Sikatuna, and the Philippine Legion of Honor, all of which are of the same rank; they in turn, are higher than the Order of Gabriela Silang, etc.

The Philippines is a rare example of having orders and decorations that are considered to be of equal rank to each other; this is a reflection of the particular circumstances surrounding the establishment of the various awards.

In addition to the State Honors mentioned above, the Republic of the Philippines established its only order of knighthood through Republic Act No. 646 in honor of the aspirations and ideals of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. In English it is known as the Knights of Rizal and in Spanish, Orden de Caballeros de Rizal. It ranks as lowest of the Philippine orders of merit.

Awards and Decorations of the Armed Forces of the PhilippinesEdit

The insignia of the Philippine Legion of Honor

These are military decorations which recognize service and personal or unit accomplishments of members and units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Marine Corps).

Military Personnel Decorations
Civilian Para-military Personnel Decorations
Civilian Defense Personnel Decorations
Military Unit Decorations
Civilian Para-military Unit Decorations
Military Service Medals and Ribbons

Awards and Decorations of the Philippine Coast Guard AuxiliaryEdit

Awards and Decorations of the Philippine National PoliceEdit

The Philippine National Police recognizes individual efficiency, gallantry in the face an enemy, and meritorious accomplishments of its personnel by awarding decorations and medals.

The awards and decorations of the PNP are patterned after the Orders and Medals of the AFP with regard to its lineage from the Philippine Constabulary and the Integrated National Police which were fore-runners of this service branch and previously under the AFP.

Constabulary and INP awards/decorations are authorized for PNP Personnel had they been assigned with the Philippine Constabulary and the INP prior to the transition.

Law Enforcement Personal Decorations
  •   Medalya ng Kagitingan (PNP Medal of Valor)
  •   Medalya ng Kabayanihan (PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod (PNP Distinguished Service Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Katapangan (PNP Bravery Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Katangitanging Gawa (PNP Outstanding Achievement Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod (PNP Special Service Medal)
  • Medalya ng Kadakilaan (PNP Heroism Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Katangitanging Asal (PNP Outstanding Conduct Medal)
  •  Medalya ng Kagalingan (PNP Medal of Merit)
  •   Medalya ng Kasanayan (PNP Efficiency Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Papuri (PNP Commendation Medal)
  • Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting (PNP Wounded Personnel Medal)
  • Medalya ng Ugnayang Pampulisya (PNP Police Relations Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Mabuting Asal (PNP Good Conduct Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Paglilingkod (PNP Service Medal)
Law Enforcement Unit Decorations
Law Enforcement Service Medals and Ribbons
  •   Medalya ng Paglaban sa Manliligalig (PNP Anti-dissidence Campaign Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Pagtulong sa Nasalanta (PNP Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Operations Campaign Medal)
  •   Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Luzon (PNP Luzon Campaign Medal)
  • Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Visayas (PNP Vizayan Campaign Medal)
  • Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Mindanao (PNP Mindanao Campaign Medal)
  • Medalya ng Kagalingan (PNP Merit Medal)
  • Medalya ng Papuri (PNP Commendation Medal)
Constabulary Personnel Decorations
  • Constabulary Medal of Valor
  •   Distinguished Conduct Star
  •   Distinguished Service Star
Constabulary Service Medals and Ribbons

Awards and Decorations of the Bureau of Jail Management and PenologyEdit

After the creation of the PNP Act of 1991 transferred control of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the BFP Bureau of Fire Protection from the Armed Forces to the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology established its own system of awards and decorations modeled on the PNP.[2]

  • Medalya ng Kagitingan
  • Medalya ng Kabayanihan
  • Medalya ng Kagalingan
  • Medalya ng Natatanging Gawa
  • Medalya ng Kadakilaan
  • Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting
  • Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod
  • Medalya ng Katapatan
  • Medalya ng Kasanayan
  • Medalya ng Papuri
  • Medalya ng Paglilingkod
  • Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod
  • Medalya ng Katangi-tanging Asal
  • Medalya ng Ugnayang Pangkumunidad
  • Medalya ng Mabuting Asal
  • Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Luzon
  • Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Visayas
  • Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Mindanao
  • Ribbon ng Natatanging Unit
  • Ribbon ng Tagapagsanay
  • Ribbon ng Pagtulong sa Nasalanta

Dormant orders and awardsEdit

The consolidation of the Philippine honors system in 2003 led to the government discontinuing of the awarding of many honors. These honors and awards shall remain extant during the lifetime of the last holder of the respective awards, and shall continue to enjoy the rights and privileges thereof. Upon the death of the last living recipient, the respective affected awards shall cease to exist and be discontinued.[1]

  • Medal of Honor
  • Rizal Collegiate Palms
  • Mabini Teachers Medal
  • Rizal Pro Patria Award
  • Presidential Citation for Honesty and Integrity
  • Order of the Grieving Heart
  • Presidential Award in Education
  • Order of Kalantiao
  • Republic Cultural Heritage Award
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Humanitarian Services
  • International Artist
  • Bayani ng Bagong Republika
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service to Philippine Democracy
  • Presidential Award for Heroism in Times of Disaster
  • Sajid Bulig Presidential Award for Heroism
  • Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Award

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Executive Order No. 236" (PDF). Government of the Philippines. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  2. ^ "BJMP Awards and Decorations" (PDF). Retrieved 22 October 2016.

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