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.


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

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

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.

The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of around 7,100 islands and connecting economic centers and communities continue 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.

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 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.

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.


July 12, 1976 – The Traffic Training Center (TTC) was established and jointly operated by the Department of Public Highways (DPH) and the University of the Philippines (UP) and supported by the Department of Public Works, Transportation and Communication (DPWTC) through Letter of Instructions No.428 to upgrade the capability of government personnel concerned with transportation through intensive and practical training in the fields of traffic engineering, planning and management.

July 12, 1977 – A Record of Discussions outlining the 4-year technical cooperation program of the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

January 28, 1978 – TTC was placed under the umbrella of the National Engineering Center (NEC) of the University of the Philippines through Presidential Decree No. 1295.

November 1, 1980 – The Center was strengthened through Letter of Instructions No. 1080 to effect the development of transportation and traffic academic research expertise, and to train professionals and experts. It became jointly managed, operated and developed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) and UP.

July 25, 1987 – The TTC was included as one of the attached agencies of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) through Executive Order No.292.

July 2, 1993 – The TTC was institutionalized as a regular unit of the University of the Philippines through Executive Order No. 105.

November 3, 1993 – The UP Board of Regents in its 107 1st meeting approved the restructuring and renaming of TTC into NCTS, which formed part of the commitment of UP under the Technical Cooperation Program with the Japanese Government.

March 17, 1994 – The JICA funded NCTS Annex Building was inaugurated housing seminar rooms, laboratories, faculty and microcomputer rooms.

Citizen’s Charter

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