July 14, 2016

About Us

The National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS), previously named the Transportation Training Center (TTC) is a research center under the University of the Philippines Diliman. Some of the things that the Center does are the following:


To become an internationally recognized center of excellence in the field of transportation studies.

To contribute to national growth and development by supporting academic instruction, conducting and promoting scholarly research, training, information, and other extension services in the field of transportation.

Sustainable Transport – NCTS is actively promoting the development and greater use of sustainable modes of transport, including the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), to address the ever-worsening problems of traffic congestion, road accidents, air pollution and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector. There are on-going research activities that tackle the social, economic, as well as, environmental dimensions in the transport sector.

Integrated Transport System – The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of around 7,100 islands and connecting economic centers and communities continue to present a national challenge. NCTS is actively cooperating with concerned government agencies towards the development of a well-integrated national transportation system. On-going research activities are focused on multi-modal transportation, land use, and transport interaction, planning and decision support systems, and other cross-cutting policy issues.

Road Safety – Every year about 1,000 lives are lost due to road accidents. NCTS is doing a valuable part in promoting safety on the streets. Forums involving different concerned agencies, LGUs, and NGOs are regularly conducted to discuss and formulate solutions in preventing and reducing accident occurrences.

Institutional Development – There is an urgent need to improve existing Government processes in relation to the transport sector. The Philippine Transport Strategy Study (PTSS) highlights the need for a clear strategy for the sector and the need for institutional change and reforms. Since its inception, the Center has been conducting training programs aimed at enhancing the capacities of the institutions in the transport sector. At present, the Center is building partnerships with other concerned agencies and academic units in the conduct of responsive and demand-driven programs in the field of transportation.

Core Competencies:

  • Transportation Research
  • Transportation and Traffic Studies
  • Capacity Building Activities
  • Technical Advisory
  • Information Management