The  design conveys the idea of Filipino  engineering excellence with sub-themes such as the fine craftsmanship of Filipino design engineers, architects and the whole field of engineering profession, competence and integrity.  



The most noticeable is the  gear frame which is completely circular.  The gear represents motion, transmission  and direction  towards the common man’s economic  and social upliftment. The perpetual   motion of the circular gear seeks unity of effort, unity of direction and unity of the diverse components of the public works and highways functions and responsibilities. Its five (5) gears and stars represent the administrative provinces in the Autonomous Region, namely: Maguindanao Province, Lanao del Sur Province, Basilan Province, Sulu Province and Taw-Tawi Province.

dpwh-armm_logo_highwayWithin the gear frame, the highway stretches northward and  merges to an infinity, cutting  through and against the backdrop of a doric column. The doric column is the symbol of the building and construction industry.  The term “against  the backdrop”  and while the highway cuts through the doric  column, it does not convey divisiveness but instead conveys that the road  stretches  to infinity  complemented hand-in-hand by the prosecution of the public works projects represented by the doric column. This denotes unity of objectives and unity  of efforts.



The four (4) doric columns represent the milestone targets of the DPWH-ARMM reform agenda serving as the backbone of reform, as follows: 

  1. Optimize budget
  2. Transform the organization and its office personnel
  3. Simplify/innovates system and procedures
  4. Encourage/promote other ODAs and local support on Infrastructure


Whereas the range lanes represent the engineering outputs of the Department – the national infra and the strategic infra broken down into various projects, namely: construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, flood control and drainage structures, ports, water supply, buildings and other public works. Thus the doric column and the highway should be taken in a total context.