With the Duterte administration vowing “more prudent use of public funds,” the Department of Budget and Management has released Circular No. 2016-5 which is about the types of vehicles government officials are allowed to use. The circular also covers vehicles to be used by Police, firefighters and paramedics, as well as National Government Agencies (NGA), Local Government Units (LGU) and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC).
For department secretaries and equivalent ranking NGAs, LGUs and GOCCs, their official sedans or hatchbacks must not exceed 2,200cc in displacement for gas engines and 3,000cc for diesel engines. Should they choose an AUV, MPV or crossover SUVs as their official car, their options should not exceed 2,000cc for gas models and 2,800cc for diesel models. Examples of valid vehicles are the Volkswagen Passat 2.0T, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Innova,
Ambassadors and consuls meanwhile are restricted to sedans only and must not go beyond 3,500cc in displacement. Cars such as the Lexus ES350, Honda Legend and various four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz sedans may be used for these duties
Department undersecretaries, equivalent ranking NGAs, LGUs and GOCCs and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) get the option to choose either hatchbacks, sedans, MPVs or AUVs. Sedans and hatchbacks must not exceed 1,600cc for both gas and diesel options. MPVs and AUVs are capped at 2,000cc for gas and 2,500cc for diesel vehicles. Valid examples include lower trim levels of C-Segment cars (Toyota Altis, Nissan Sylphy), Isuzu Crosswind and Mitsubishi Adventure.
Up next are the vehicle restrictions for department assistant secretaries, equivalent ranking NGAs, LGUs and GOCCs, Vice Chief of Staff and the Commanding Generals of the Major Services of the AFP, bureaus and regional directors of government agencies. They too have the option to choose sedans, hatchbacks, AUVs and MPVs. The engine size limit for their vehicle options are all restricted to 1,500cc for both gas and diesel vehicles. A sample of cars that can be used as official vehicles are the Toyota Avanza, Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Vios and Hyundai Accent.
The types of pickups and SUVs allowed for government use were also clarified. For pickups, engine displacement should not exceed 2,500 cc for both gasoline or diesel models. Government-issued SUVs, on the other hand, are limited to 2,000cc for gas and 2,400cc for diesel. Base model pickups are compliant with the latest circular, as well as most pickup platform vehicles such as the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Ford Everest and so on.
Police vehicles were sorted into two functions; City/municipal patrol and highway patrol. For city police vehicles, passenger cars (sedans and hatchbacks) must be 1,600cc or below while MPVs and AUVs for patrol work should have engines under 2,000cc for gas and 2,500cc for diesels. Jeeps for police use have the same engine displacement cap for diesel MPVs and AUVs but should have gas engines smaller than 1,800cc. Finally, city police motorcycles cannot go beyond 200cc.
Highway patrol vehicles are allowed to have bigger engines. Patrol cars are allowed up to 2,000cc while motorcycles, up to 250cc.
Ambulances were classified into three types, namely AUV or MPV conversion, passenger van conversion and purpose-built models. AUVs and MPVs converted for ambulance use are limited to either 1,500cc for gas or 2,500cc for diesel while passenger vans are allowed up to 3,000cc. As for purpose-built ambulances, these models specifications may vary according to manufacturer and thus, given free reign over engine size. The same rule applies for fire trucks since these vehicles are purpose-built for their respective duties.