DTI, TESDA CRAFT HRD PROGRAM FOR CONSTRUCTION
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have recently entered into an agreement to implement human resources development programs in the construction industry. Both government agencies aim to provide skilled construction manpower to help expedite the government’s projects thru its “Build, Build, Build” program. The Construction Manpower Development Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite will be used as a training ground for the assessment programs.
Colliers sees more laborers and developers benefitting from this initiative by DTI and TESDA given the lack of skilled construction manpower in the country. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), underemployment improved to 15.6% in January 2019, lower by 2.4% YoY, coupled by the deployment of more infrastructure projects and proper training to our labor force. Furthermore, government spending recorded a 12.7% growth in 2018, up from 7% in the previous year. This indicates that more public projects are being implemented and this raises the demand for more construction workers. Colliers expects the government to ramp up its infrastructure projects to support its infrastructure spending target until 2022 of P8-9 trillion pesos.
METROPAC MOVERS, ABOITIZ CONSTRUCTION BREAK GROUND ON LOGISTICS FACILITY
Metropac Movers, Inc. (MMI) and Aboitiz Construction, Inc. (ACI) broke ground on its 20-hectare logistics facility, the newest in Cavite. The South Mega Distribution Center (South Mega DC) will be situated in General Trias and is seen to facilitate the movement of goods and inventories once it operates in 2021. Aside from the South Mega DC, MMI has also lined up other logistics projects such as the 277,857 sq m North Mega DC in San Rafael, Bulacan as well as the planned acquisition of a 10-hectare lot in Davao.
In 2018, Colliers saw the storage and services segment growing at 9.4%, outpacing the manufacturing at 3.2%. As demand for industrial warehouses continues to grow, we encourage developers to build more modern warehouses in Northern and Southern Luzon especially in Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas to capture the rising demand from the e-commerce in the next 12-24 months.
TUGADE WANTS 2ND CLARK RUNWAY BUILT BY 2022
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade expects the completion of the second runway of the Clark International Airport by 2022, before the end of President Duterte’s term. Meanwhile, Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. are currently working on the new passenger terminal building of the Clark airport. According to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the terminal building is already 53% complete, ahead of the mid-2020 target. The developments in the airport aim to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The improved Clark International Airport passenger terminal should be able to decongest NAIA as well as improve the connectivity between Clark and Metro Manila. The emergence of the 177-hectare Clark Global City should also provide more jobs and spur economic activity in Clark and its environs, particularly with the numerous infrastructure projects due to be completed thru the current administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program such as the NLEX-SLEX Connector, Clark-Malolos Passenger Rail and the Subic-Clark Cargo Railway.