Road signs in the Philippines

Road signs in the Philippines are regulated and standardized by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).[1][2] Most of the signs reflects minor influences from US and Australian signs, but keeps close to the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals as an original signatory.[3][4]

Signs pointing directions to Baguio and Manila

It is unclear if the DPWH mandates the use of, or has a preference between, Clearview and Highway Gothic as the official typefaces for signs but most road signs do use them.[a][1]

Regulatory signsEdit

Regulatory signs indicate the application of legal or statutory requirements. Disregarding these signs may constitute the road user to an offense.[1]

Priority signsEdit

Direction signsEdit

Restrictive signsEdit

Speed signsEdit

Parking signsEdit

Miscellaneous signsEdit

Warning signsEdit

Warning signs are used to warn road users to the potential hazard along, or adjacent to, the road.[1]

Horizontal alignment signsEdit

Intersection and junction signsEdit

Advance warning of traffic control devices signsEdit

Road width signsEdit

Road obstacle signsEdit

Pedestrian signsEdit

Railroad crossing signsEdit

Supplementary signsEdit

Other warning road signsEdit

Guide or information signsEdit

Guide or information signs are used to inform road users about the direction and distances of the route that they are following.[1]

Advance direction signsEdit

Intersection direction signsEdit

Reassurance direction signsEdit

Finger board and direction signs for less important roadsEdit

Street signsEdit

Town names and geographical feature signsEdit

Service signsEdit

Tourist information and tourist destination signsEdit

Route marker signsEdit

Asian highway route marker signsEdit

Expressway signsEdit

Expressway signs are signs that are used on, or near, controlled-access roads.[1]

Expressway approach signsEdit

Expressway information signsEdit

Advance exit signsEdit

Exit direction signsEdit

Expressway service signsEdit

End of expressway signsEdit

Toll signsEdit

Expressway traffic instruction and regulatory signsEdit

Traffic instruction signsEdit

Traffic instruction signs are used to instruct a road user to follow a direction or perform an action. These are also used as a supplement for regulatory and warning signs.[1]

Supplementary signsEdit

Movement instruction signsEdit

Hazard markersEdit

Hazard markers are signs that are usually used in places with obstructions and curves. These signs may be used with or after a warning sign.[1]


  •   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain: "Highway Safety Design Standards Manuals: Part 1 – Road Safety Design Manual and Part 2 – Road Signs and Pavement Markings Manual. - Department of Public Works and Highways". Department of Public Works and Highways. May 2012.


  1. ^ The sign specifications of the Road Signs and Pavement Markings Manual shows a variety of typefaces used on the road signs in the Philippines.