By Lovely Carillo
The key players in the Davao Region’s construction industry are bullish on government’s Build, Build, Build Program especially that Mindanao gets a big share on the P40 billion budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). .
It is reported that 40 percent of the P40 billion budget of the DPWH is allotted for Mindanao.
Some of the industry’s prime movers expressed their optimism about Mindanao’s construction boom as the three-day 8th Philippine Construction (PhilConstruct) Show and the 11th Manufac-turing Technology Davao Expo opens today at the SMX Convention Center.
“The build, build, build fever is on especially in Mindanao,” event chair-person Ramon Allado said.
Allado said Davao has the most promising lineup of infrastructure developments and renovations in Mindanao and this has attracted both local and foreign investors.
PhilConstruct is consi-dered the biggest building and construction show in Mindanao with 9,770 visitors last year who visited 423 booths that occupied 3,276 sq. meters of exhibit space. The event will feature more than 350 companies carrying top brands in building materials and construction equipment. Over 13,000 visitors are expected in the event.
Allado said PhilConstruct works by bringing the biggest construction-related compa-nies and suppliers to Davao allowing the region’s industry players to network with them in the city instead of spending more time and money going to Manila.
Patrick Lawrence Tan, Globalink Events Interna-tional, Inc. chief executive officer said one of the highlights of the show is the outdoor display of 70 huge machinery and construction equipment not only from Manila but also from Germany, South Korea, Europe and China. The display of large machinery will give the contractors an idea of the latest innovations in the construction industry that they can use in their business.
Tan said the Show aims to become a venue where both contractors and suppliers can interact, with more interaction than actual selling of the products.
One of the challenges faced by the construction sector is the shortage of manpower, especially in Mindanao due to the migra-tion of construction workers to Manila and even abroad. With this, the construction sector will need more modern machinery and equipment to handle most of the work instead of relying on people.
Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI) president Michael Te said even DPWH is using modern construction tech-nology particularly the one-day concrete equipment which allows the newly-concreted road to be used after only 24 hours. This techno-logy does not only save time but also require less manpower.
A construction boom is expected in the city especially next year once the big-ticket projects start. City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) Chief Ivan Cortez said 2018 will be very busy construction-wise for the city since some of the major road infrastructures will be done simultaneously.
Among these are the Japan International Coope-ration Agency (JICA)-funded P46-billion Davao City Bypass Construction Project which will be implemented during the first quarter of next year; the P34.5 billion Davao City Coastal Road project spearheaded by DPWH which will start construction anytime this year; the P20 billion Azuela Cove, a mixed-use estate which will be built by Aviana Development Corporation, a joint venture of the Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and the Alcantara and Sons (Alsons) Group with a timeframe of 2017 to 2021 and the P5 billion St. Luke’s Hospital which will start construction next year and is targeted for completion by 2020.
Also up for construction are various BPO Parks and Condominiums including the P1 billion Mesa Tierra Garden Residences condominium project by Cebu real estate developer Cebu Landmasters, Inc and Davao-based Yuson Commercial Investments, Inc., the Escandor Development Corporation’s Matina En-claves with nine condominium buildings and the four-storey Robinsons Cyberpark Davao which has just been endorsed to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). Also up for completion is the P450 million Davao City-University of the Philippines (UP) Sports Complex in Mintal, Tugbok District.