Philippines Acronyms

List of Acronyms used in the Philippines

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 on this list, so please contact us if you know any more that we have missed.

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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

CR Comfort Room (Toilet)

CR Certificate of Registration

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

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

OR Official Receipt

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

OPSTIRP 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

RE Rear Engine

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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