26 February, 1986
The assumption to power of Former Corazon C. Aquino paved the way for the appointment of Batangas Congressman Hernando B. Perez as Minister of MOTC.
16 March 1987
Rainerio O. Reyes was appointed at the helm MOTC replacing Minister Perez. To effect the reorganization of the Ministry, the MOTC was transformed into a Department, pursuant to Executive Order No. 125 and 125-A dated April 13, 1987.
13 January 1990
Oscar M. Orbos was appointed Secretary of the Department. As DOTC Secretary, he popularized the yellow lane, wherein the two outermost lanes of roads with 4-6 lanes are reserved for public utility vehicles.
20 December 1990
President Corazon Aquino chose Arturo C. Corona to replace Secretary Orbos, whom she appointed as Executive Secretary.
23 March 1991
The DOTC, during the last few months of President Aquino's administration, was led by Secretary Pete Nicomedes Prado.
01 July 1992
The DOTC was put under the helm of leadership of Secretary Jesus B. Garcia. These years marked a significant growth in terms of investments, facilities and technology. The government's liberalization policy attracted local and foreign investors which ushered in new resources and technologies in, among others, the transportation and communications sectors. In line with the multi-modal/multi-gateway approach/strategy, the Department interlinked the various modes and technologies of its area of jurisdiction in the implementation of its infrastructure projects.
01 April 1996
Harvard-educated Amado S. Lagdameo, Jr. was sworn into office as Secretary of DOTC. His â€œstrategic redirectionâ€ thrust realigned the development of the railway and maritime transport and is the precursor of the future concept of a nationwide link-up in land and water modes of transportation.
16 April 1997
The DOTC was placed under the new stewardship of Ret. AFP Chief Arturo T. Enrile. He adopted consultation and consensus-building as cornerstones of his leadership. He likewise adopted transport safety, the upliftment and modernization of transport and communications as viable investment generators and rendering of frontline services to the citizenry as cornerstones of his leadership.
15 January 1998
With the untimely demise of Secretary Enrile, the stewardship of the DOTC fell into the highly capable hands of his Undersecretary for Communications, Josefina T. Lichauco. She was mainly responsible for the liberalization and the breaking of monopolies in the country's communications facilities during her term as Undersecretary.
01 July 1998
The assumption to the Presidency of former Vice President Joseph Estrada gave way for the former Congressman Vicente C. Rivera, Jr. to take on the DOTC portfolio as Secretary.
29 January, 2001
A former member of the House of Congress, lawyer Pantaleon D. Alvarez was former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's choice for the top DOTC post. He is known for revitalizing the DOTC Action Center with its Oks na Oks sa DOTC program.
04 July 2002
Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza assumed the helm of leadership at the DOTC, which has led to the full commitment of entire organization to become a staunch partner towards a strong republic. Under his leadership, the Strong Republic Nautical Highway and other major SONA transport infrastructure projects of President Arroyo were completed. Under his term, the Communications sector was placed under the newly formed Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).
January 12, 2004
The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 269, signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as a transitory measure to the creation of a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The CICT was composed of the National Computer Center (NCC), the Telecommunications Office (TELOF), and all other operating units of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) dealing with communications.
August 16, 2005
Executive Order No. 454 transferred the NTC back to the DOTC. According to EO 454, the transfer "will streamline bureaucracy operations."
February 17, 2007
Executive Order No. 603, transferred the TELOF and all other operating units of the CICT dealing with communications back to the DOTC.
August 6, 2007
Executive Order No. 648 published only on December 24, 2008, transferred the NTC back to the CICT.
January 29, 2009
Executive Order No. 780 transferred the TELOF and all other operating units of the DOTC dealing with communications back to the CICT, thereby returning the CICT to its original composition.
March 10, 2010
Upon the appointment of Secretary Mendoza as President Arroyoâ€™s Executive Secretary, his Road Transport Undersecretary Anneli R. Lontoc was appointed as Acting Secretary to ensure the smooth transition to the incoming administration.
July 1, 2010
When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III assumed office, the DOTC portfolio was entrusted to DOTC Secretary Jose P. de Jesus. Transparency and accountability, a level playing field and forging partnerships are the keystones to his administration.