Transport and infrastructure in the PhilippinesOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of the Philippines with the average of all countries in Asia. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Philippines ranks 137th in the world with zero meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 77 kilometers long. Passenger traffic reached 384.00 million passenger-kilometers in 2016.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 36,289 km of coastline. In 2020, about 7.51 million freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 216,387 km. For each of the country's 111.05 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.95 meters. This puts Philippines in 176th place in the global ranking. However, the country's population density must also be taken into account, which is relatively high at around 370 inhabitants per km². The higher the population density of a country, the shorter the average distance traveled.
With an average of 12085 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in the Philippines is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 11.6 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.
In the Philippines, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. This regulation was enforced on March 11th, 1945. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||216,400 km||1,948.61 km||721.29 m|
|Railroads||100 km||0.69 km||0.26 m|
|Waterways||3,219 km||28.99 km||10.73 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||16,613,000 km||3,573.71 km||519.50 m|
|Railroads||280,000 km||60.24 km||8.76 m|
|Waterways||260,300 km||55.99 km||8.14 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)