List of Acronyms used in the Philippines

Philippines Acronyms

The Philippines seem to have a love of using acronyms and it can be confusing for visitors and expats. Brits in the Philippines have compiled a list to help you understand what people,forms etc are talking about. There is probably many more than we have in this list, so please contact us if you know any more that we have missed.

AO Administrative Order
ABAC ASEAN Business Advisory Council
ABEP Accelerated Barangay Electrification Program
ADB Asian Development Bank
AFAB Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan
AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines
AFPCC AFP Command Center
AFPMP AFP Modernization Program
AMCR Average Monthly Crime Rate
AMLC Anti-Money Laundering Council
APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APECO Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority
APT ASEAN Plus Three
APTC Agri-Pinoy Trading Center
ARB Agrarian Reform Beneficiary
ARC Agrarian Reform Community
ARCBC ASEAN Regional Center for Biodiversity Conservation
ARF ASEAN Regional Forum
ARMM Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
ARTA Anti-Red Tape Act
ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASG Abu Sayyaf Group
ATC Anti-Terrorism Council
ATN Assistance to Nationals
AusAid Australian Government Overseas Aid Program
BALS Bureau of Alternative Learning Systems
BAS Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
BCDA Bases Conversion and Development Authority
BEmONC Basic Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care
BESRA Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda
BFAR Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
BFP Bureau of Fire Protection
BHS Barangay Health Station
BI Bureau of Immigration
BIMP-EAGA Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area
BIR Bureau of Internal Revenue
BJMP Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
BLES Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics
BLGF Bureau of Local Government Finance
BnB Botika ng Barangay
BOC Bureau of Customs
BOI Board of Investments
BOP Balance of Payments
BOT Build-Operate-Transfer
BPLS Business Permits and Licensing System
BPO Business Process Outsourcing
BSP Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
BTr Bureau of the Treasury
BuB Bottom-up Budgeting
BuCor Bureau of Corrections
CA Court of Appeals
CAAP Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
CAB Civil Aeronautics Board
CADT Certificates of Ancestral Domain Title
CALT Certificates of Ancestral Land Title
CBA Cordillera Bodong Administration
CBEP Community Based Employment Program
CBFM Community-Based Forest Management
CBR Crude Birth Rate
CCAMC Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Cluster
CCC Climate Change Commission
CCE Rate Crime Clearance Efficiency Rate
CDA Cooperatives Development Authority
CDC/CFZ Clark Development Corporation/Clark Freeport Zone
CDR Crude Death Rate
CEmONC Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care
CENRO Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer
CEZA Cagayan Economic Zone Authority
CFO Commission on Filipinos Overseas
CG Commanding General
CHED Commission on Higher Education
CHR Commission on Human Rights
CHT Community Health Team
CLA Common Legislative Agenda
CLOA Certificate of Land Ownership Award
CLRF Contingent Liability Rehabilitation Fund
CLUP Comprehensive Land Use Plan
CMO Civil Military Operations
CMP Community Mortgage Program
CNG Compressed Natural Gas
CO Capital Outlay
COA Commission on Audit
COCOPEA Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations
COMELEC Commission on Elections
CPC or CCP Communist Party of China or Chinese Communist Party
CPI Consumer Price Index
CPLA Cordillera People’s Liberation Army
CPLC/OCPLC Chief Presidential Legal Counsel/Office of the Presidential Legal Counsel
CPP/NPA/NDF Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front
CSC Civil Service Commission
CSE Rate Crime Solution Efficiency Rate
CSOs Civil Society Organizations
CSR Corporate Social Responsibility
CTA Court of Tax Appeals
DA Department of Agriculture
DAR Department of Agrarian Reform
DBCC Development Budget Coordination Committee
DBM Department of Budget and Management
DBP Development Bank of the Philippines
DDB Dangerous Drugs Board
DENR Department of Environment and Natural Resources
DEO District Engineering Office
DepEd Department of Education
DFA Department of Foreign Affairs
DILG Department of the Interior and Local Government
DMIA Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
DND Department of National Defense
DOC Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea
DOE Department of Energy
DOF Department of Finance
DOH Department of Health
DOJ Department of Justice
DOJ-IACAT Department of Justice-Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking
DOLE Department of Labor and Employment
DOST Department of Science and Technology
DOST-ICTO Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office
DOT Department of Tourism
DOTC Department of Transportation and Communications
DPWH Department of Public Works and Highways
DTI Department of Trade and Industry
DttB Doctors to the Barrio
DTTB Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting
EAS East Asia Summit
EAVG East Asia Vision Group
EBNRS Enhanced Business Name Registration System
ECC Environmental Compliance Certificate
ECE Early Childhood Education
ED Enforced Disappearance
EDC Economic Development Cluster
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
EJK/ELK Extrajudicial Killings / Extralegal Killings
EMB Environmental Management Bureau
EO Executive Order
EPIRA Electric Power Industry Reform Act
ERB Energy Regulatory Board[1]
ERC Energy Regulatory Commission
ERD Ecosystems Research and Development
EREP Expanded Rural Electrification Program
eTAILS Electronic Transparency and Accountability Initiative for Lump Sum Funds
EU European Union
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FDI Foreign Direct Investment
FGDs Focus Group Discussions
FLEMMS Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey
FMB Forest Management Bureau
FMR Farm-to-Market Road
FOA Foreign Operations Administration
FOI Freedom of Information
FPS Family Planning Services
FS Feasibility Study
FSSP Food Staples Sufficiency Program
FTA Free Trade Agreement
FTAA Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement
FTSC Foreign Trade Service Corps
FX Foreign Exchange
FY Fiscal Year
GAA General Appropriations Act
GASTPE Government Assistance to Students and Teachers for Private Education
GCG Governance Commission for GOCCs
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GGAC Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster
GHG Greenhouse gas
GIFMIS Government Integrated Financial Management System Information
GIS Geographic Information System
GNI Gross National Income
GOCC Government Owned or Controlled Corporation
GSIS Government Service Insurance System
GW Gigawatt
H.E. His/Her Excellency
H.H. His/ Her Highness
H.M. His/ Her Majesty
H.R.H. His/ Her Royal Highness
HB House Bill
HEIs Higher Education Institutions
HFEP Health Facility Enhancement Program
HGC Home Guaranty Corporation
HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
HLURB Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board
HUDCC Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IAGCC Inter-Agency Anti-Corruption Committee
IB Infantry Battalion
IC Insurance Commission
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
ICC Investment Coordinating Committee
ICC International Criminal Court
ICC-CC ICC-Cabinet Committee
ICC-TB ICC Technical Board
ICCA Indigenous Communities Conservation Areas
ICJ International Court of Justice
ICRMP Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project
ICT Information Technology/ Information and Communications Technology
ID Infantry Division
IMF International Monetary Fund
IMO International Maritime Organization
IMT International Monitoring Team
IPA Investment Promotion Agencies
IPO Intellectual Property Office
IPP Independent Power Producers
IPP Investment Priorities Plan
IPPA Independent Power Producers Administrator
IPSP Internal Peace and Security Plan
IRA Internal Revenue Allotment
IRR Implementing Rules and Regulations
ISF Integrated Social Forestry
IT Information Technology
ITLOS International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
J2 Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence
J3 Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
J5 Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs
J7 Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations
JBIC Japan Bank for International Cooperation
JCBC Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation
JICA Japan International Cooperation Agency
JVA Joint Venture Agreement
KIA Killed-in-Action
KOICA Korea International Cooperation Agency
KP Kalusugan Pangkalahatan
KRA Key Result Area
KSAs Key Shelter Agencies
KW Kilowatt
kWh Kilowatt hour
LAD Land Acquisition and Distribution
LAF Legal Assistance Fund
LBP Landbank of the Philippines
LCP League of Cities of the Philippines
LEDAC Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council
LFPR Labor Force Participation Rate
LFS Labor Force Survey
LGC Local Government Code
LGU Local Government Unit
LISCOP Laguna de Bay Institutional Strengthening and Community Participation
LLDA Laguna Lake Development Authority
LMP League of Municipalities of the Philippines
LMP League of Municipalities of the Philippines
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas
LPG Liquefied Petroleum Gas
LRA Land Registration Authority
LRTA Light Rail Transit Authority
LTFRB Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board
LTO Land Transportation Office
LWUA Local Water Utilities Administration
MARINA Maritime Industry Authority
MAV Minimum Access Volume
MBCO Manila Bay Coordinating Office
MC Memorandum Circular
MFO Major Final Output
mg/L milligrams/ Liter
MGB Mines and Geosciences Bureau
MIAA Manila International Airport Authority
MICC Mining Industry Coordinating Council
MILF Moro Islamic Liberation Front
MinDA Mindanao Development Authority
MLAT Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
MMDA Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
MNLF Moro National Liberation Front
MO Memorandum Order
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOOE Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MRBs Medium-Rise Buildings
MRO Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
MSE Micro and Small Enterprises
MSMEs Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
MTOE Million Tons of Oil Equivalent
MW Megawatt
mWh Megawatt hour
MWSS Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System
MYOA Multi-Year Obligational Authority
NAIA Ninoy Aquino International Airport
NAMRIA National Mapping and Resource Information Agency
NAPOCOR National Power Corporation
NBI National Bureau of Investigation
NCA Notice of Cash Allocations
NCC National Competitiveness Council
NCCAP National Climate Change Action Plan
NCR National Capital Region
NDCP National Defense College of the Philippines
NDRRMC National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council
NDRRMF National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework
NEA National Electrification Administration
NEDA National Economic and Development Authority
NFA National Food Authority
NGA National Government Agency
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
NGP National Greening Program
NHA National Housing Authority
NHIP National Health Insurance Program
NIA National Irrigation Administration
NICA National Intelligence Coordinating Agency
NIPAS National Integrated Protected Areas System
NIS National Irrigation Systems
NJIS National Justice Information System
NNC National Nutrition Council
NOAH Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards
NOC Notice of Coverage
NPA Non-Performing Assets
NPL Non-Performing Loans
NPR Net Participation Rate
NPS National Payroll System
NRDC National Resources Development Corporation
NREB National Renewable Energy Board
NREP National Renewable Energy Program
NSA National Security Adviser
NSC National Security Council
NSCB National Statistical Coordination Board
NSO National Statistics Office
NSWMC National Solid Waste Management Commission
NTC National Telecommunications Commission
NTDP National Tourism Development Plan
NTP Notice to Proceed
NWRB National Water Resources Board
OCD Office of Civil Defense
ODA Official Development Assistance
ODESFA Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration
ODESGA Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for General Administration
ODESLA Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OES Office of the Executive Secretary
OFW Overseas Filipino Workers
OGP Open Government Partnership
OIC Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
OMB Office of the Ombudsman
OP Office of the President
OPAPA Office of the Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs
OPAPP Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
OPIF Organizational Performance Indicator Framework
OSG Office of the Solicitor General
OVP Office of the Vice President
PA Philippine Army
PAF Philippine Air Force
Pag-IBIG Home Development Mutual Fund
PAGASA Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
PAMANA Program Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Program
PAMB Protected Areas Management Board
PAO Public Attorney’s Office
PATROL (Plan 2030) Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law
PAWB Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau
PBB Performance-Based Bonus
PBR Philippine Business Registry
PCA Philippine Coconut Authority
PCDSPO Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office
PCF Performance Challenge Fund
PCG Philippine Coast Guard
PCOO Presidential Communications Operations Office
PCSD Philippine Council for Sustainable Development
PCSD Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
PDAF Priority Development Assistance Fund
PDEA Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
PDMF Project Development and Monitoring Facility
PDP Philippine Development Plan
PECR Philippine Energy Contracting Round
PENRO Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer
PESOs Public Employment Service Offices
PEZA Philippine Economic Zone Authority
PH Philippines
PHIC Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
PhilGEPS Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System
PHILVOCS Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
PHRC Presidential Human Rights Committee
PI Performance Indicator
PIA Philippine Information Agency
PIDF Philippine Infrastructure Development Fund
Pinoy MD Pinoy Maging Doktor Program
PIP Public Investment Program
PKI System Public Key Information System
PLLO Presidential Legislative Liaison Office
PM Particulate Matter
PMA Philippine Military Academy
PMDC Philippine Mining Development Corporation
PMO Project Monitoring Office
PMS Presidential Management Staff
PN Philippine Navy
PNOC Philippine National Oil Company
PNP Philippine National Police
PO People’s Organization
POLOs Philippine Overseas Labor Office
POPSTIRP Post Ondoy and Pepeng Short Term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project
PPA Philippine Ports Authority
PPP Public-Private Partnership
PRC Professional Regulation Commission
PRRC Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission
PS Personnel Services
PSALM Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management
PSEi Philippine Stock Exchange Composite Index
PSG Presidential Security Group
PTAP Public Transport Assistance Program
PTFCL Presidential Task Force on Coco Levy
PVAO Philippine Veterans Affairs Office
RA Republic Act
RATE Run After Tax Evaders
RATS Run After the Smugglers
RB/COOP Rural/ Cooperative Banks
RBCO River Basin Control Office
RCOA Retail Competition and Open Access
RD or R&D Research and Development
RDC Regional Development Council
RDRRMC Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council
RE Renewable Energy
READY Hazard Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Management Project[2]
RH Reproductive Health
RHMPP Rural Health Midwives Placement Program
RHUs Rural Health Units
RIPS Revenue Integrity Protection Service
RN HEALS Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service
Ro-Ro Roll-On/ Roll-Off
ROK Republic of Korea
RROW Road Right-Of-Way
SB Senate Bill
SEANWFZ Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone
SGH Seal of Good Housekeeping
SOA Summary of Agreements
SUCs State Universities and Colleges
SWS Social Weather Stations
TCV Total Crime Volume
TESDA Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
TEV Total Economic Value or Total Economic Valuation
TFR Total Fertility Rate
TIP Trafficking in Persons
TIPC Tripartite Industrial Peace Council
TISP Transition Investment Support Plan
TOR Terms of Reference
TRANSCO National Transmission Corporation
TRASMA Presidential Task Force on Transportation Strikes and Mass Actions
TSC Transition Supply Contract
TSP Total Suspended Particulates
TSS Total Suspended Solids
TVET Technical-Vocational Education and Training
TWG Technical Working Group
U5MR Under-Five Mortality Rate
UDHA Urban Development and Housing Act
UN United Nations
UN WTO United Nations World Tourism Organization
UNCHR UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
UNCLOS UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNDP United Nations Development Program
UNEP United Nations Environment Program
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNGA UN General Assembly
UNHCR UN High Commissioner for Refugees
UNSC UN Security Council
UPR Universal Periodic Review
US United States
VAT Value Added Tax
VFA Visiting Forces Agreement
WB World Bank
WESM Wholesale Electricity Spot Market
WHO World Health Organization
WIA Wounded-in-Action
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
WPS West Philippine Sea
WTO World Trade Organization
ZBB Zero-based Budgeting
ZoPFF/C Zone of Peace, Freedom, Friendship and Cooperation
µg/Ncu.m Micrograms per normal cubic meter

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