Iloilo City adopts DPWH standards for road signs

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The Iloilo Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) adopted the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) standards for road signs and pavement markings in order to reduce, if not eliminate, traffic accidents.

“The design and installation of a considerable number of road and commercial signs within the City of Iloilo still do not meet the safety requirements, thereby contributing to vehicular accidents in the city area,” the ordinance authored by Councilor Sedfrey Cabaluna said.

The DPWH has a Revised Manual on Highway Safety Design Standards. (

“It is a book of standards. We want to follow that being a highly urbanized city. It is good that we pass through the road that is properly laid out, has right color, visible and able to guide our people,” Cabaluna said in the vernacular.

The new ordinance requires that the size, shape, color, reflectorization and illumination, letter type and size, as well as the location and height of road signs be generally based on DPWH standards.

Road and commercial signs shall also be installed only upon the approval of authorized entities, i.e., DPWH for national roads and bridges and the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) or City Engineering Office for local roads and bridges.

No road signs shall bear any advertising or commercial message or any other message that is not essential to traffic control; except for signage in local roads and bridges where brand sponsorship is allowed, subject to the regulation of the PSTMO in terms of the size, shape, and placement of the corresponding brand.

Unauthorized road and commercial signs, as well as the display of unofficial non-standard and non-essential signs, are not allowed on the highway right-of-way or adjacent to the road by a private organization or individual.