Pan-Philippine Highway

The Pan-Philippine Highway, also known as the Maharlika Highway (Tagalog: Daang Maharlika; Cebuano: Daang Halangdon) is a 3,517-kilometer (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. 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]

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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 Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Length3,517 km[1] (2,185 mi)


Northern Luzon (Laoag to Caloocan)
North end N2 (Manila North Road) in Laoag, Ilocos Norte
South end N120 / AH26 / N61 (Roxas Boulevard) in Pasay
Southern Luzon (Muntinlupa to Matnog)
Length784 km (487 mi)
North end AH26 / E2 (South Luzon Expressway) / N411 (Alabang–Zapote Road) in Alabang, Muntinlupa
South end Port of Matnog in Matnog, Sorsogon
Eastern Visayas (Allen to Liloan)
Length397 km (247 mi)
North end Port of Allen
South end Port of Liloan
Length1,074.5 km (667.7 mi)
North end Port of Lipata in Surigao City
South end N966 (Zamboanga City-Labuan-Limpapa Road) / N970 (NS Valderosa Street) / N971 (Wharf Road) in Zamboanga City
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines

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


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 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, during the Ramos Administration, 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, Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inaugurated the 24.61-kilometre (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]


The San Juanico Bridge carries the Pan-Philippine Highway between Samar and Leyte
Main Route
Alternative Route

Asian Highway NetworkEdit

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 ( ) and Indonesia ( ) are all linked to the mainland sections by ferries to South Korea ( ), India (Dhanushkodi), and Singapore, respectively.


Ilocos NorteEdit



Nueva VizcayaEdit

Nueva EcijaEdit


The intersection of Doña Remedios Trinidad Road (AH26) and Pulilan Regional Road (N115) in Pulilan.

Metro ManilaEdit

Eastern routeEdit

Western routeEdit

SLEX sectionEdit


Laguna (1st segment)Edit


Laguna (2nd segment)Edit


Camarines NorteEdit

Camarines SurEdit



Luzon–Visayas boundaryEdit

Northern SamarEdit


Samar–Leyte boundaryEdit

Zamboanga del SurEdit

Zamboanga SibugayEdit

Davao de OroEdit

Davao del NorteEdit

Davao Del SurEdit

Sultan KudaratEdit

South CotabatoEdit

Surigao del NorteEdit

Agusan del NorteEdit

Agusan del SurEdit



See alsoEdit


  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.

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