Road Traffic Signs in the Philippines and their Meanings

18 August 2022
Road Traffic Signs in the Philippines and their Meanings

It's a good idea to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the local road signs before hitting the road in the Philippines, since they may vary significantly. There are several road signs in the Philippines that are unique to the country and ones you need to know, even if many of the signs mirror worldwide norms, such as speed limits and stop/give way common across the board.


As drivers and motorists, you know better than anybody how much you literally have the lives of pedestrians in your hands every time you go out on the road. Therefore, it is imperative that you strictly adhere to all road signs at all times.


In case you've forgotten the meaning of any of the traffic instruction road signs on Philippine roads, we've compiled a quick reference for you.


Warning Signs


The purpose of these signs is to alert drivers and pedestrians to potential dangers on the road or sidewalk. They could warn cars of a bump in the road or that it is very steep. Highway drivers are also warned by several signs that the region they are driving through may be prone to floods and landslides.


Kinds of Warning Signs in PH


- Advance warning/traffic control device signs

- Horizontal signs

- Intersection signs

- Pedestrian signs

- Railway level crossing signs

- Road obstacle signs

- Road width signs

- Supplementary signs

- Other warning signs


To name just a few warning road signs that you might be familiar with are PED XING AHEAD, RAILROAD CROSSING, SLIPPERY WHEN WET, SLOW DOWN, and VERTICAL CLEARANCE.


Expressway Signs


You might easily miss your exit off of the freeway if there weren't any signs directing you where to get off. In order to help drivers safely and efficiently depart expressways, signs give them information in advance, directing them to the appropriate lane.


Some of the signs on the highway warn drivers and passengers of things like large and broad cargoes, pedestrian crossing, and vehicles pulled by animals. It's possible that they'll also provide direction signs to the closest service station or rest stop.


The beginning and conclusion of the expressway are also marked by traffic road signs. On the other side, there are a few unique signs that may serve as helpful reminders for road users to do things like checking their brakes and slowing down through speed limit signs.


Kinds of Expressway Signs in PH


- Advance exit signs

- Exit direction signs

- Expressway approach signs

- Expressway information signs

- Expressway traffic instruction and regulatory signs

- Service signs

- Start and end of expressway signs


Guide/Informative Signs


Typical functions of these signs include pointing drivers in the right way, providing information and geographical feature signs about how far it is to the next major town, and marking the spots where drivers may find necessities like petrol stations, restaurants, and rest stops.


Kinds of Guide/Informative Signs in PH


- Advance direction signs

- Fingerboard direction signs

- Intersection direction signs

- Reassurance direction signs

- Route markers

- Service signs

- Street name signs

- Tourist information and tourist destination signs

- Town names and geographical feature signs


Hazard Markers


For motorists in the Philippines, these road signs indicate a directional change or the presence of an obstruction ahead. Typical examples of this kind of signage may be seen along meandering, rural highways and consist of a sequence of red arrows (or chevron signs). In fact, they are one-way danger road signs in the Philippines, and they indicate a curve in the road ahead in the direction of the arrow.


Kinds of Hazard Markers in PH


- One-way hazard markers: Indicate the direction to be followed at the end of the road


- Obstruction markers: Road closure ahead


- Sign used on a wide column of an overpass structure, median island


- Two-way hazard markers: Warning that the road ahead is about to change direction


- Width markers: Narrowing vehicle width clearance


Regulatory Signs


The purpose of regulatory signs in the Philippines is to advise drivers about the rules of the road. These include the ubiquitous "STOP," "GIVE WAY," "NO ENTRY," and "speed restriction" signs, as well as its more modern counterparts. Road users are obligated to obey these signs and will be fined or otherwise punished, if they do not follow these street signs.


Kinds of Regulatory Signs in PH

- Directional signs: ONE WAY, KEEP RIGHT, NO TURN, etc.




- Priority signs: STOP, GIVE WAY, and LEFT TURNER MUST GIVE WAY signs


- Prohibitive/Restriction signs: NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, NO ENTRY, NO MOTORCYCLES, etc.


- Speed signs


- Miscellaneous signs: No blowing of horns, FASTEN SEATBELT, Bike lane ahead, etc.


Road Work Signs


Users of the road are notified that construction or excavation is currently taking place by signs in this category. Aside from that, they forewarn local hazards such as deep holes or falling debris. The motorist may choose to reduce speed or take a different route as a result of these indicators.


Traffic Instruction Signs


The signs included here supplement the regulatory signs and aid in the enforcement of traffic laws as well as warn road users. Drivers and pedestrians alike are urged to adhere to the traffic rules posted along the route.


Kinds of Traffic Instruction Signs in PH


- Movement instruction signs: Examples of these are GIVE WAY TO PEDESTRIANS, REDUCE SPEED, ROAD CLOSED, TURN LEFT WITH CARE, etc.



If you can believe it, traffic signs have been around since before the concept of the automobile was ever conceived. These visual cues are now required by law to increase driver awareness and prevent accidents. As a result, familiarity with traffic signs and their interpretations is crucial.


As a Lumina Homes resident or future homeowner, knowing these road signs will not only contribute to your safety but to the whole community as well. A road is inherently hazardous, therefore drivers must proceed with extreme caution whenever they are on or near one. Likewise, pedestrians should be aware of this. A runner or cyclist in the Philippines would be wise to bear in mind that obeying traffic signs is not only the law but also for their own safety.


In Lumina Homes, we have subdivision markers in each of our communities to guide motorists in easily locating the neighborhood. Also, driving and traveling to various landmarks around the Philippines and adjacent towns and cities are much easier if you live in Lumina community because we are near the major thoroughfares and highways around the country.


Want to know more about the different major roads and landmarks near our communities? You can follow us on our social media accounts or watch L.I.V.E Sessions in our official YouTube channel. Also, don't forget to make your home reservations anywhere you are in the world through our Lumina Homes Online portal.

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