General information of the Philippines

Accommodations
In Metro Manila and in key cities and towns throughout the country, a wide selection of de luxe, standard, economy and pension-type accommodations are available. In island destinations, a variety of resorts ranging from de luxe to special interest category are also available.

Airport Information
Airport and facilities: Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is 7 kms. From the city center, while the Manila Domestic Airport is 1 km from the NAIA. The International airports have adequate travel facilities: duty-free and souvenir shops, meet and assist personnel at the tourist information and assistance counters, hotel and travel agency representative, car rental services, banks and automated teller machines, postal service, national and international direct dial telephone booths, medical clinics, and baggage deposit areas.

Airport transfers
Visitors are advised to avail themselves of accredited fixed-rate metered taxi at the NAIA’S arrival area. At the Manila Domestic Airport, accredited transfer services are available on pre-paid coupons basis. Other airports are served by metered taxis. All airports have counters for hotel transport and car rental services.

Airport in the Philippines

TOWN   USAGE RUNAWAY RUNWAY LENGTH
Angeles Clark Intl civil paved 10,400 ft
Bacolod Bacolod civil paved 6,400 ft
Bacon Sorsogon civil unpaved 3,200 ft
Bagabag Bagabag civil paved 3,200 ft
Baguio Baguio civil paved 5,500 ft
Baler Baler civil paved 3,900 ft
Basco Basco civil paved 4,100 ft
Bislig Bislig civil paved 3,900 ft
Bongao  Sanga Sanga civil paved 5,200 ft
Busuanga Coran civil paved 3,900 ft
Butuan Butuan civil paved 6,000 ft
Cagayan de Oro Cagayan de Oro civil paved 7,800 ft
Calbayog Calbayog civil paved 4,800 ft
Camiguin Misamis Or. civil paved 4,200 ft
Catarman Catarman civil paved 4,400 ft
Catbalogan Catbalogan civil paved 3,900 ft
Cauayan Cauayan civil paved 5,700 ft
Cavite City Maj. Danilo Atienza Sangley Ab mil paved 8,600 ft
Cotabato Cotabato civil paved 6,200 ft
Daet Daet civil paved 3,700 ft
Davao Bangoy Intl civil paved 8,200 ft
Dipolog Dipolog civil paved 6,100 ft
Dolores Dolores civil paved 3,200 ft
Dumagete Sibulan civil paved 6,100 ft
Floridablanca Basa Ab mil paved 8,300 ft
Fort Magsaysay Fort Magsaysay military paved 6,300 ft
Gasan Marinduque civil paved 4,500 ft
Gen. Santos Buayan civil paved 5,500 ft
Guiuan Guiuan civil paved 7,000 ft
Hilongos Hilongos civil unpaved 3,200 ft
Iba Iba civil paved 3,200 ft
Iligan City Iligan civil paved 4,500 ft
Iloilo Iloilo civil paved 6,800 ft
Jolo Jolo civil paved 4,900 ft
Kalibo Kalibo civil paved 6,000 ft
Laoag Laoag Intl civil paved 7,900 ft
Lapu-Lapu Mactan-Cebu Intl civil paved 10,800 ft
Legaspi Legaspi civil paved 6,800 ft
Lipa Fernando Ab military paved 4,900 ft
Lubang Lubang civil paved 3,900 ft
Lucena Lucena civil unpaved 3,200 ft
Maasin Maasin civil paved 3,200 ft
Malabang Malabang civil paved 4,200 ft
Malay Caticlan civil paved 2,600 ft
Malaybalay Malaybalay civil unpaved 3,100 ft
Mambajo Camiguin civil paved 4,200 ft
Mamburao Mamburao civil paved 3,900 ft
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl civil paved 12,200 ft
Manila Sangley Ab military paved 8,600 ft
Mansalay Wasig civil unpaved 3,200 ft
Masbate Masbate civil paved 3,900 ft
Mati Imelda R. Marcos civil paved 4,200 ft
Naval Biliran Biliran civil paved 3,200 ft
Ormoc Ormoc civil paved 3,900 ft
Ozamis Ozamis civil paved 4,200 ft
Pagadian Pagadian civil paved 5,500 ft
Palanan Palanan civil unpaved 3,200 ft
Pili Naga civil paved 4,600 ft
Plaridel Plaridel civil paved 2,900 ft
Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa civil paved 8,500 ft
Romblon Romblon civil paved 3,900 ft
Roxas Roxas civil paved 6,200 ft
San Fernando San Fernando civil paved 3,900 ft
San Jose San Jose civil paved 6,000 ft
San Jose de Buena Vista Antique civil paved 3,400 ft
San Julian Borongan civil paved 3,900 ft
Siargao Island Siargao civil unpaved 3,200 ft
Siquijor Siquijor civil unpaved 3,200 ft
Subic Bay Subic Bay Intl civil paved 9,000 ft
Suralla Allah Valley civil unpaved 4,500 ft
Surigao Surigao civil paved 5,000 ft
Tacloban Daniel Z. Romualdez civil paved 7,000 ft
Tagbilaran Tagbilaran civil paved 4,100 ft
Tambler Tambler civil paved 10,400 ft
Tandag Tandag civil paved 4,400 ft
Tarumpitao Pt. Tarumpito civil unpaved 3,800 ft
Tuguegarao Tuguegarao civil paved 5,900 ft
Ubay Ubay civil unpaved 4,800 ft
Vigan Vigan civil paved 3,400 ft
Virac Virac civil paved 5,100 ft
Zamboanga Zamboanga Int’l civil paved 8,500 ft

Explanation on technical data

USAGE
Airports are classified in three categories: civil airports open for public use, military airports and private airports not open to the public. Airports that are joint use, both civil and military, are shown as civil airports.

  • Civ. Civil airport Open for public use (including joint use)
  • Mil. Military airport Not open for public use
  • Priv. Private airport Not open for public use

RUNWAY
Identification of the surface of the longest runway available:

  • Paved hard surface runway
  • Unpaved soft surface runway (only lighter aircraft)

Water water (for float planes)

Runway Length
Shows the length in feet of the longest runway available at the selected airport, rounded down to the next full hundred feet. If the airport has both hard (paved) and soft (unpaved) runways, the length of the longest hard surface runway is shown. If the longest runway is both, hard and soft surface, the length of the hard surface portion is shown.

Business & banking hours
Private and government offices are open Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 5 pm. Some private companies hold office on Saturdays from 9Am to 12 noon. Most shopping malls, department stores, and supermarkets are open from 10 am to 8 pm daily. There are 24-hour convenience store and drugstore.

Banks are open from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, with automated teller machines (ATM) operating 24 hours.

Communications facilities
The country has international and national direct dial phone and facsimile service, mobile phones sites, internet and e-mail facilities, and worldwide express delivery service. The postal system is efficient.

Most national dailies are in English. Foreign publications are sold at major hotels, malls, and bookstores in Metro Manila and other key cities. Seven national television stations broadcast in English and Filipino. Cable TV is available in most hotels in Manila and in many parts of the country.

Credit Cards
Visa, Mastercards, Diners Club, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.

Electricity
220 volts, A.C. 60 cycles.
Most hotels have 110-volts outlets.

Entry regulations
Valid passport. Except for stateless persons and those from countries which the Philippines has no diplomatic relation with, all visitors may enter the country without visas, and stay for 21 days provided they have tickets to onward journey. Holders of hong Kong and Taiwan passports must have special permits.

Visas and special permits may be obtained from Philippine Embassies and consulates.

Getting There
Manila is the premier gateway to the Philippines. Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag are the country’s other entry points.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) serves more than 30 airlines that fly to major cities around the world. The Mactan International Airport (MIA)in Cebu handles regular flights from Japan, Singapore, and Australia, as well as chartered flights from Hong Kong, the United States, and the other major travel capitals. Davao International Airport handles regular flights from Indonesia and Singapore. The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and Subic airfield in Central Luzon service both chartered and cargo planes. Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services regular flights from Taiwan and Macau.

Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, links Manila to 14 cities in 8 countries. Major cruise liners call on the port of Manila.

Health Regulations
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers coming from an infected area.

Tours & special Interest Activities
Tour packages, from day trips to five-day programs, are special ways of discovering the Philippines and its wealth of culture. Special interest activities include golfing, game fishing, diving, white-water rafting and other aqua sports, trekking, spelunking, and safari trips.

Water
Water in Metro Manila and in key cities and towns is safe for drinking. Bottle water is available in most hotels, restaurants, resorts, supermarkets and convenience stores.

What to Wear?
Light, casual clothes are recommended. Warmer garments are needed for mountain regions. When visiting churches and temples, propriety dictates that shorts & scanty clothes be avoided. Formal occasions required dinner jackets and ties (or the Philippine barong tagalong) for men and cocktail dresses or long gowns for women.