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PHILIPPINE

VOL. 2. No. 8 September - October 2013

THE MAGAZINE FOR CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS

‘Soundproofing’, a growing need

Risk taking pays off for Concord Metals

Built to be World Class! Avoiding Contract Disputes Romeo Momo “Perform your best and do your projects on time” the mantra of the current DPWH Underscretary

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RP’s only association of heavy equipment lessors stays strong September - October 2013

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS 02 Calendar of Events September-October 2013

04 News Roundup

Second runway for Cebu airport

14 Association Updates

Giant conglomerates confirm participation in CALA project

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‘Soundproofing’, a growing need

36 Supplier’s Profile

Risk taking pays off for Concord Metals

38 Engineer’s Profile

Romeo Momo: “Perform your best and do your projects on time” the mantra of the current DPWH Underscretary

Malaysia construction industry to grow by 11%

FEATURES 24 Cover Story

ACEL: RP’s only association of heavy equipment lessors stays strong

28 Risk Management

Avoiding Contract Disputes

30 Contractor’s Profile

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 40 Products & Technology

Vanguard made by bullard

47 Price Movement

Retail Price Index of Selected Construction Materials rt 2013 Issue

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calendar of events Local Events PHILCONSTRUCT 2013 November 6 – 9, 2013 PHILCONSTRUCT is one of the biggest trade events and the no. 1 construction expo in the Philippines. It showcases the latest products, services, and technologies, attracting over 60,000 industry professionals each year. Its attendees include top contractors and developers, architects, interior designer, engineers, government officials, trade offices, and more. Venue: SMX Convention Center, Philippines

International Events 12th International Symposium on River Sedimentation September 2 - 5, 2013 Venue: Kyoto, Japan The theme of this symposium is “Integrated Sediment Management for River Basin Sustainability – Challenges and Prospects towards Mid-21st Century”. Topics addressing this theme include: reservoir sedimentation and management; environmental and ecological aspects of sediment management; sediment issues in estuarine and coastal areas; sediment related disasters; and social, economic and political problems related to sediment management. EVENTS | BUILDING & INFRASTRUCTURE INDONESIA 2013 September 4-7 2013 Indonesia is now the 3rd fastest growing economy amongst the world’s wealthy industrial countries and major emerging markets (G20). To ensure that economic growth can rise to its potential infrastructure development is vital. More toll roads, power plants, railways, bridges and tunnels and improved harbours and airports, water & sanitation are needed. Plans to upgrade Indonesia’s infrastructure are expected to attract US$70 Billion of investment over the next 5 years stimulating a boom in the construction industry that is expected to grow at over 6.8% year on year. Venue: Jakarta International Expo International Conference on Flood Resilience (ICFR) September 5 - 7, 2013 Venue: Exeter, UK Organized by the University of Exeter, UK, this conference convenes on the theme “Experiences in Asia and Europe”. Sessions will address issues including: urban development and flood risk – coupling of climate change with economic growth and urban growth scenarios; weather radar technology in flood forecasting and analysis – real-time urban flood information systems and flash floods; data collection and model calibration – advances in urban flood modeling; flood hazard mapping – strategies to enhance community preparedness and communication of uncertainties in flood risk management. Building & Construction Indonesia September 11 – 14, 2013 This biennial trade show showcases the latest in building and construction equipment and materials. Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia Fall 2013 BIMForum September 8 – 9, 2013 Venue: Sheraton, Denver, CO, USA Prefabrication and Modular construction are showing tremendous 2 | Philippine Construction & Design  September - October 2013

promise for improving construction productivity, cost and efficiency. 13th Regional Sustainable Buildings Conference (SB13) September 9 - 10, 2013 Venue: Singapore, Singapore SB13’s aim is to promote greater sustainability through cost effective solutions in design, construction and operation of buildings, including a focus on energy efficiency. The theme of the conference is “Realizing tropical sustainability in a holistic approach.” The event will consist of plenary sessions and paper and poster presentations. The conference is organized by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority Center for Sustainable Buildings (BCA CSB) at the same time as the International Green Building Conference (IGBC), as part of the annual Green Building Week in Singapore. Web site: http://www.csb.sg/staging/events/ upcoming International Green Building Conference 2013 September 11 – 13, 2013 Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) from 11 – 13 Sep 2013, the International Green Building Conference (IGBC 2013) will play host to international green building experts, policy-makers, academics and built environment practitioners, for a congregation of ideas, collaboration and learning, to achieve a shared vision of a greener planet. Themed “Build Green. Live Green”, IGBC 2013 aims to inspire a holistic focus on resource efficiency and environmental sustainability as core to driving business strategies and innovation throughout an organization. American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Annual Conference September 12 – 15, 2013 Venue: Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus, OH USA Business management education and networking opportunities for concrete contractors. International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference Duluth, Georgia, USA September 12 – 15, 2013 The International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference (ICPSC) has been established as an annual event. It is not affiliated with any manufacturers or suppliers and exists solely to promote the new. 2013 AGC Building Contractors Conference September 16 – 19, 2013 Venue: The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO, USA The 2013 AGC Building Contractors Conference brings together high-level leaders in the building construction industry to share, learn and discuss the issues that are essential to them and their business. Email: meetings@agc.org 2013 Natural Gas for High Horsepower Applications (HHP) Summit September 17 – 19, 2013 Venue: McCormick Place Lakeside Center, Chicago, IL, USA This three-day event will focus on the viability of natural gas as a competitive fuel option for off-road high horsepower applications used throughout the rail, marine, mining, drilling, and construction industries.


calendar of events Ecobuild Southeast Asia September 17 - 19, 2013 Venue: Putra World TradeCentre, KualaLumpur, 50480 , Malaysia Officially supported by the Ministry of Works, the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and hosted by CIDB Malaysia (Construction Industry Development Board), Ecobuild Southeast Asia will be the flagship event for the construction and building industry in Malaysia and the region. The event will bring together senior government officials, developers, architects, consultants, contractors and planners from across the region to network and keep abreast of the latest industry developments. International Symposium on Sustainable Cities: Empowering Local Governments through Capacity Building September 26 - 28, 2013 Venue: Incheon, Korea (South) The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) will host this international symposium to strengthen dissemination and sharing of good practices and lessons learned on fostering sustainable cities, in recognition of the role of cities in protecting the environment, improving disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience and reducing poverty. The symposium aims to identify strategies to strengthen local government institutional and technical capacity to address poverty reduction and slum upgrading, urban development, urban economic growth, urban transport and water and sanitation. The symposium also aims to identify areas for further capacity building and knowledge sharing and to identify innovative financing models to support urban infrastructureWeb site: http://www.unosd.org 2013 Social Media Summit for Construction Brands October 17 – 13, 2013 This free webcast will evaluate the use of social media networks for marketing including Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Google+ and more. American Concrete Institute Fall 2013 Convention October 20 – 24, 2014 Venue: Hyatt Regency & Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ Canada Conference theme is “Innovation in Conservation” International Conference on the Future of Cities October 20, 2013 Venue: Kitakyushu, Japan The Government of Japan, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the City of Kitakyushu, Japan, are jointly hosting this conference, following on from the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), which acknowledged the importance of building sustainable cities. The conference will provide a venue to share information about urban challenges and innovative solutions, especially for participants from environment, development, urban planning and foreign affairs ministries; local government; international organizations; NGOs; and research organizations. E-mail: Mika Nishimori, Global Environment Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective

Urban Water Utilities October 23, 2013 Venue: Tel Aviv, Israel This international conference on water will consider the theme “Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies”. It is co-organized by the Government of Israel and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Participants will discuss lessons learned from Israel’s water industry and its water-related technologies, as well as their applicability to other countries. The conference also aims to contribute to discussions on the OECD’s “Water policies for future cities” project. Following the one-day conference, participants will be offered to take part in a tour to visit water sites Concrete Show South East Asia October 24 - 26, 2013 Venue: Jakarta International Expo, 1st floor Pusat Niaga Building,, Jakarta, 10620 , Indonesia Concrete Show South East Asia is the leading event in Indonesia for the concrete industry, unlocking business potential within the region for buyers and suppliers to experience and interact with a full range of products, services and technological solutions. Concrete is at the heart of every construction project so a dedicated event in the South East Asia region is a must. CMAA National Conference & Trade Show Ocotber 27 – 29, 2013 Venue: Aria Resort, Las Vegas, NV, USA The Construction Management Association of America’s National Conference & Trade Show will feature a full program of educational sessions and keynote speakers. Highlights will include the CMAA Trade Show and the Industry. Eighth International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT8) October 30 - November 1, 2013 Venue: Beijing, China Organized by the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific, and sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for CapacityBuilding and the Transfer of Technology in Asia and the Pacific, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and others, ICWMT aims to promote exchange and cooperation on management policy, technology and experiences on solid and hazardous waste. E-mail: BCRC Beijing World Demolition Summit October 31, 2013 Venue: NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam Netherlands The fifth World Demolition Summit will cover how some of the most challenging demolition projects from around the world were successfully carried out, along with more general topics of specific interest. Email: saara.rootes@khl.com AGC Advanced Management Program November 10 – 15, 2013 Venue: Dallas, Texas, Dallas, TX The goal of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) is to provide instruction in the critical management skills needed to successfully lead and operate a construction firm in today’s competitive business environment.

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Second runway for Cebu airport

Citing increasing passenger traffic, a Cebuano lawmaker has asked the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to build a second runway for Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City. Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district) said the airport, the country’s second busiest after Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, would no longer be enough to

accommodate passenger traffic in the next 11 years. Del Mar has proposed a bill calling for the establishment of a second MCIA runway and hoped that it would be taken up during the first session of the 16th Congress. The MCIA, which serves as a hub for air transport in southern Philippines, has recorded a ninepercent increase in passenger traffic, he said, in an explanatory note to the draft bill.

Total passenger movement was placed at 6.8 million and aircraft maneuvering at 58,888. The Department of Tourism also reported that Cebu registered 2.2 million in tourist arrivals. Del Mar asked the DOTC to fund the feasibility study, detailed engineering and implementation of the runway project. It included access taxiways, rapid exit taxiways, lighting system and navigation and landing equipment.

MCIA airport manager Nigel Paul Villarete said the airport’s development plan had included the construction of a second runway. The existing runway, measuring 45 meters by 3.3 kilometers, is still enough to accommodate existing passenger traffic, he said. “But if we continue to grow, the time will come that there will be a breach of our capacity.” Villarete said the airport’s land area of about 500 hectares was still enough to accommodate a second runway with similar specifications as the first one. The acquisition of a few nearby lots would be necessary for airport clearance, he said. Villarete said the property occupied by Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base would be useful during the implementation of the MCIA’s third terminal project between 2030 and 2040. Doris Bongcac, Inquirer Visayas Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/445473/2ndrunway-sought-for-cebu-airport#ixzz2ZOEcYBQM  Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Mariwasa joins inauguration of GMA Kapuso Foundation’s classroom buildings in typhoon Pablo-hit Davao Oriental Baganga, Davao Oriental – Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. (MSC) the country’s leading tile maker joins the inauguration of the newly built 2-classroom building constructed by GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. (GMAKF) in Kinablangan Elementary School. “We are very happy that we are now reaping the rewards of our efforts in helping the people of Davao Oriental rebuild their lives. We are very thankful to GMA Kapuso Foundation for allowing Mariwasa to be part of their school rehabilitation projects. Mariwasa is a socially responsible organization and this is our way of giving back to the people” said Mr. Alberto Descalzo, AVP for Manufacturing and

Maintenance. The turnover ceremony was the initial phase of inauguration of the total of 39 classrooms being built in the towns of Boston, Cateel and Baganga in Davao Oriental, the hardest hit places of Typhoon Pablo last December 2012. Early this year, MSC extended product support amounting to P500,000.00 worth of ceramic tile products for the rehabilitation efforts in the said areas particularly aimed in the construction of school buildings. On top of that, the company donated P500,000.00 plus the voluntary contribution of its employees amounting to P40,000.00 for a total of P540,000.00 cash donation in order to provide relief assistance such as

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food, medicines and basic necessities to the typhoon-hit areas of Mindanao. GMAKF and MSC have been constantly joining hands

together in reaching out to underprivileged Filipinos and both share the same business philosophy in caring for the community.

A NEW HOPE. Students of Kinablangan Elementary School in Baganga, Davao Oriental will have a new reason to get motivated going to school. Thanks to Mariwasa-sponsored GMA Kapuso Foundation’s classroom buildings. Mr. Alberto Descalzo, AVP for Manufacturing and Maintenance of Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. (third from left) joined by his team and some school and local officials in the inauguration of 2-classroom building in the said school. A total of 39 GMAKF classrooms will be completed by the end of August 2013 in Davao Oriental.


A concession agreement was entered today (July 8, 2013) between the Philippine government through the Department of Public Works and Highways and San Miguel Corporation for the construction, operation and maintenance of the NAIA Expressway Phase II Project under the Public-Private Partnership program of the government. The 7.15 kilometers 4-lane elevated expressway project will provide better access to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and PAGCOR Entertainment City and will connect to the Skyway network of Metro Manila. The concession agreement was signed by DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Chief Financial Officer Ferdinand K. Constantino with DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, DPWH Assistant Secretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral, Deputy Executive Director Ferdinand Tolentino of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center, and SMC Treasury Infra Head Raoul Eduardo C. Romulo as witnessed. The NAIA Expressway Project Phase II is proposed to supplement the completed Phase I, which interfaced with the existing Manila South Luzon Expressway at Sales Interchange. The proposed Phase II expressway component will likewise involve provision of elevated travelway structures over the existing roads of Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Domestic Airport Road and MIA Road. The proposed elevated expressway will tie in with the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard where it will terminate through an Interchange. The project was approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board on May 30, 2012 and was advertised for public bidding on July 20 and 27 and August 3, 2012 on newspapers of general circulation. Submission of bid proposals was held on April 8, 2013 and Notice of Award to SMC was given on May 6, 2013. On June 5, 2013, SMC made the upfront payment of P11 Billion representing government’s share in the project’s revenues over the 30-year operation and maintenance concession period. The upfront payment paid through a manager’s check and not placed in escrow received by DPWH is probably the biggest one time collection to be remitted to the national treasury. Secretary Singson said that the NAIA Expressway Project exemplifies the extreme support and confidence of private sector in helping pursue development infrastructure plans and programs of the government through PublicPrivate Partnership. With the on-going detailed engineering design for the project, civil works for Phase II-A between Entertainment City to NAIA Terminals 1 & 2 is expected to commence by January 2014 and will be completed by March 2015 while construction period for Phase II-B from Domestic Road to Terminal 3 at Sales Street is between April 2014 to September 2015.

Mayor Jonas Cortes announced a reclamation project with commercial and industrial development will “change the façade of the city.” Through the 200-hectare reclamation project, also called the Mandaue Global Central Project, the city will be able to attract more investors, he said. The project, which will be done in four phases, will start this year. Cortes said the first phase will consist of commercial developments. In February last year, the City Government and the Harbour Center Port Holdings Inc. (HCPHI) signed a memorandum of agreement that bound the latter to conduct a feasibility study. The HCPHI wants to develop coastal areas in the Cansaga Bay area. The project is estimated to cost at least P8 billion. Cortes said the study was already finished. The reclamation area will host the Waterfront Commercial Center, the Agro-Industrial Logistics Park, the Cansaga Bay Commercial and Residential Center, and the Mandaue Central Watersport and Leisure Park. The city will get more investments if a booming commercial and industrial area will greet investors coming from the airport, he said. The developments will cover the coastlines of Barangays Umapad, Paknaan and Labogon, which can be seen from the Marcelo Fernan Bridge. Cortes assured that mangroves in the area will be protected. Located near an international airport and a seaport, Cortes said the city is an ideal place for business. Cortes aims to make the city the premier business destination in central Philippines by 2016.

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Hon. Jonas C. Cortes Mayor of Mandaue City Cortes said the reclamation project and the Mandaue City People Center are the major projects he will pursue in his last term. He said the reclamation project will enable the City to “cultivate optimal business atmosphere for our investors.” The People Center will house City Hall, commercial establishments, local branches of national government agencies and the City Investment Promotions Action Center. The high-rise building, which will cost at least P800 million, will be built in the site of the old public market building in Barangay Centro. Rebelander S. Basilan

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Cement plant 41 of 43 DPWH Cebu projects approved to reduce Cebu’s garbage

A cement company aims to reduce Cebu’s garbage by 15 percent this year and generate alternative energy for its plant in the City of Naga. Rolando Vera Cruz, Cemex Philippines sustainability director, said the company invested in technology so that it can generate alternative energy to replace fossil fuels, like coal, for its kiln at the APO Cement Plant in Barangay Tinaan. Cemex hopes to process 300 tons of garbage a day, which is equivalent to 15 percent of the total wastes generated by Cebu province. The program was implemented in line with the National Government’s Philippine Energy Plan, which stresses energy self-sufficiency and promotes waste-to-energy projects. “Municipal solid waste is the number one priority for alternative fuel. The process is complex and needs different kinds of equipment to separate large organic waste from small pieces,” he said. He added that the process also uses a shredder and a mechanical screener. Vera Cruz, who was a guest speaker at the 3rd Environmental Congress in Cebu City said Cemex has partnered with two material recovery facilities: one in Naga and another in Cebu City. The wastes come from Naga (40 tons a day); Minglanilla, 70 tons; Consolacion, 300 to 400 tons; and Cebu city with 400 tons a day. Vera Cruz said the ideal type of waste for processing is those with the least moisture and chlorine. “We are not paying for the waste generated by other industries,” he said. Locators at the Mactan Economic Zone, though, are charged tipping fees. Bernadette A. Parco

Forty one out of the forty three projects the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) intends to implement in Cebu City received a go signal from the City Government. The projects, which cost at least P134 million, include road concreting, flood control and drainage system, footbridges, construction and improvement of multi-purpose buildings, and construction of farm-to-market roads in the different villages. After a thorough review of all the 43 projects, the City’s Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) said the 41 DPWH projects did not duplicate the City-funded projects. “So DPWH can already implement that,” said DEPW chief Engr. Kenneth Enriquez, in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu. As to the two other projects, Enriquez said they recommended that the DPWH realign the funds for them, since the City is implementing similar projects in the same locations. The two are the concreting of roads in Sitio Mohon II in Barangay Tisa (for P2.59 million) and the construction of flood control structures in Barangay Kinasang-an (P1.66 million). The 41 projects given a go signal by the City include 14 road concreting projects (P50.6 million), nine flood control and drainage system projects (P15.4 million), two footbridges (P3.6 million), construction or improvement of 10 multi-purpose buildings (P17.1 million), and six farm-to-market roads (P47.2 million). The road concreting will be implemented

in Barangays Busay, Budlaan, Banilad, Adlaon, Guba, Pulangbato, San Jose, Mabini, Apas, Guadalupe, Lorega, Tisa, Cambinocot, Poblacion Pardo, Bulacao, and Cogon Pardo. The flood control and drainage system projects will be implemented in Barangays Capitol Site, Parian, T. Padilla, Talamban, Luz, San Antonio, Kamagayan, Tisa, Busay, Kalunasan, Kinasang-an and Punta Princesa. The two footbridges will be implemented in Barangays Pulangbato and Sapangdaku. On the other hand, the construction and improvement of multi-purpose buildings will be implemented in Barangays Mambaling, Sta. Cruz, Carreta, Lorega, Tejero, Sto. Nino, Cogon Ramos, Kasambagan, Hipodromo, Labangon, Guadalupe, Inayawan and Calamba. The farmto-market roads will be built in the mountain barangays of Budlaan, Tabunan, Paril, Busay, Babag, Sudlon II andTaptap, Earlier, the City halted DPWH’s implementation of all its 43 projects, which cost at least P139 million total, after the DEPW noticed that the agency was about to implement projects that are similar to those of the City. DEPW reviewed the national agency’s projects to avoid further duplication. In a July 2012 meeting of the Regional Development Council, both Mayors Rama and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes had appealed to the DPWH to coordinate with local officials on their projects. Princess Dawn H. Felicitas

España flooding can be avoided if UST agrees to DPWH plan For many years, the University of Santos Tomas (UST) has become one of the most-flood prone schools in Metro Manila. A flood-free UST however may become a reality if the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) supposedly had its way. Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has proposed the construction of a catchment basin inside Asia’s oldest university to ease the flooding along España, Manila. The water impounding facility is similar to the cistern built in Burgos Circle located in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, according to Singson. “In España, we offered to address the problem of UST. I asked the rector and explained the best solution because we have done that in Fort Bonifacio,” Singson said in a Palace press briefing. He said they can apply the model of the five-story catchment basin built underneath the Burgos Circle in Fort Bonifacio that collects excess water accumulating on roads during heavy downpour. The water collected by the basin would be gradually discharged based only on capacity of the receiving body of water, Singso explained. If there was no storm drain system underneath Burgos Circle, Singson said the small creeks in the area will likely overflow during heavy rains and eventually aggravate flooding in the area. So far, the UST administrators have not given its consent to the proposal of the DPWH aimed at minimizing floods along España blvd in Manila.

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“Not yet,” Presidential Communications Development Secretary Ramon Carandang said when asked if Singson has convinced UST to approve the proposed catchment basin inside the campus. Singson, meantime, appealed to the public not to blame the government for the perennial flooding in some areas, including España, Manila. He said España Boulevard has been a flood-prone place for many years. “’Yung mga nangyayari na isolated flooding, huwag niyo naman sanang isisi sa amin. ‘Yung baha sa España, taun-taon naman, nagbabaha naman iyan. Alam natin na kapag umulan, baha iyang España [When isolated flooding happens, please don’t blame it on us. The flood in España, it happens every year. We all know when it rains, it floods in España],” he said. Singson assured that the government is moving to mitigate the flooding in Metro Manila, citing the ongoing construction of 2.6 kilometerbox culverts along Blumentritt in Manila. The box culverts, which will be built from Dapitan to Tondo, will serve as water tunnel for floodwaters.  Singson said the flood control project will not be completed overnight. “Sana huwag niyo namang asahan na matapos ‘yan ng isa, dalawang buwan . It will take us 12 months to construct that,” he said. But for the box culverts to effectively manage flooding, Singson emphasized that major waterways should be cleared of garbage and other obstruction. Genalyn D. Kabiling


THE Philippines stand to benefit in terms of potential employment opportunities from four major projects with total investments of more than B$20 billion for the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) region. The projects, selected and proposed by cooperative Koperasi Bumiputera Bersatu Berhad (KBBB), are geared towards enhancing and complementing the developmental goals of the Brunei Darussalam BIMP-Eaga Business Council (BDBEBC) and are expected to generate more than 20,000 jobs. Filipinos have much to gain from the realization of such projects as the proponents expressed a big preference in getting the services of Filipino skilled workers, contractors, design firms, engineers and consultants. The projects form part of the memorandum of understanding signed between KBBB Chairman Suharani binti Haji Abd Ladi and Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof, the executive chairman of the BDBEBC, on June 28 at the Holiday Lodge Hotel Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam. These projects are aimed at further developing growth in the BIMP-Eaga region.The projects include a new transport system for the Trans Borneo Railways, a 4,440-kilometer  TransBorneo Railway system that will connect Bandar Seri Begawan to main cities in Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, and will be built at an estimated cost of B$20 billion; a proposed Asean Halal Park, an integrated project that will set up 1,000 halal-certified manufacturing companies, designed to be the “Halal Hub of the World,” making it the strongest manufacturing center for premium halal products for distribution across the global market; new bus units for the Trans-Borneo Bus Services, which will require new buses and coaches to be set up at an estimated cost of B$1 billion; and Proposed Darussalam Air, a B$2billion project that will feature some of the best aviation facilities in the world with world-class hospitality that will

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be made available through some of the cheapest fare in the BIMP-Eaga region. Joining the ranks of low-cost air travel providers in the region, Suharani binti Haji Abd Ladi explained that Darussalam Air will primarily provide affordable air fares for Umrah pilgrims going to the holy lands of Makkah and Maddinah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With Brunei as the central hub and stopover destination for proposed routes, Darussalam Air shall cater to travelers from the Southern Philippines, Eastern Indonesia, Indo-China and other parts of China going on a pilgrimage to the holy lands.These routes will also present an opportunity to open up Brunei for travelers as many would most likely spend a few days in the country during their stopovers. The Trans-Borneo Railway Project on the other hand will start and end at the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, circumventing Borneo Island and will run throughout the coastline of Kalimantan, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. This will also make Borneo’s vast resources like coal, timber and minerals easily accessible for other parts of the world. Brunei shall play a very important role in the delivery of these commodities to destinations like China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and as far as the western seaboard in North America by providing a shorter alternative route coming from a station in Brunei. According to Suharani binti Haji Abd Ladi, the countries of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia have already agreed in rolling out the Trans-Borneo Railway project. For this project to realize its

implementation, it is vital for Brunei to install a feeder route that will provide linkage to the Trans-Borneo Railway. While the Trans-Borneo Railway is geared toward cargo transportation to these destinations, the Trans-Borneo Bus Services, on the other hand, shall provide a complementary bus services that will provide transport for people in the BIMP-Eaga region. Linking up with existing ferry services from Sabah to Southern Philippines, these buses and coaches shall provide an additional and an alternatively cheaper means of transporting people and manpower across Borneo and other areas in the region. On May 24 the Malaysian government agreed to set up an Asean Halal Park in Brunei Darussalam. This project boasts of setting up at least 1,000 halal-certified manufacturing companies in Brunei, with products delivered all over the world through air, rail, bus or trucking services. With the establishment of the TransBorneo Railway, the Trans-Borneo Bus Services and Darussalam Air, delivery of halal products to main markets like China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Middle East will be made faster and much more convenient. This includes shipment by rail to Kuching, making it faster and much more convenient to ship to Singapore and Western Malaysia. The ferry services from Sabah will serve the Philippines and the railroads will serve Kalimantan and provide access to other Indonesian Islands. Jonathan L. Mayuga

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The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) shouldered the cost of fixing a major aqueduct that conveys water from Angat Dam in Bulacan to La Mesa Dam in Quezon City on behalf of two private water concessionaires. The state-run MWSS took out a P5.3-billion loan in 2009 from China to provide enough water to 10 million people in Metro Manila and nearby areas, but the agency incurred P507 million in cost overruns, documents showed. Napoleon Quiñones, vice president of the MWSS Employees Union, said the MWSS guaranteed the loan and charged it to Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. Inc. “In turn, the two concessionaires are charging the capital expenses to the consumers,” Quiñones said by telephone on Saturday. The MWSS website announced the early completion of the aqueduct project but had not reported the cost overrun and other adverse financial aspects of the project. Gerardo Esquivel, MWSS administrator, said the project cost of P5.3 billion was passed on to the two concessioners, which are now charging consumers for the amount. “It will amount to just a few centavos, to be paid until 2037,” Esquivel said when reached by telephone on Saturday. Consumer groups have criticized Maynilad and Manila Water for passing on to consumers their income taxes and a host of other expenses, including those for entertainment, travel and flowers. The documents showed that the MWSS obtained the loan for the aqueduct project in the last year of the administration of then President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The MWSS finished the Angat Water Utilization and Aqueduct Improvement Project 10 months ahead of the May 2013 schedule, but the cost for undertaking the project’s Phase 2 had ballooned to P5.805 billion, as it incurred P506.6 million in cost overruns. Under the

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Consumers paying for aqueduct repair ANGAT River, fed by Sierra Madre watersheds, including Umiray River in the boundaries of Aurora and Quezon provinces, is the source of electricity and water for Metro Manila through a series of dams. TONETTE T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON Aquino administration, the overseers of the project kept P22 million in unused loan proceeds and generated P2.9 million in interest on undrawn balances between July 2012 and July 2013. The first loan payment was made in January this year and the second on July 21, Quiñones said. Maynilad and Manila Water, referred to as “Common Purpose Facilities,” or CPF, were among those that reviewed the P506.6 million worth Variation Order No. 2 (VO2) that the contractor, China International Water and Electric Corp., submitted in January, Esquivel said in a letter in May. The letter was addressed to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). Esquivel asked the Neda to do a third-party review of VO2, which was 9.56 percent of the original cost of P5.3 billion for the construction of a tunnel and aqueduct, rehabilitation of Aqueduct No. 5 and interconnection of these structures to save 394 million liters daily. In a footnote in his letter to Balisacan, Esquivel said the CPF was “an agreement between the MWSS concessionaires… to jointly manage and operate the MWSS facilities upstream of Angat Dam.” These include the “facilities downstream of the auxiliary hydropower plant in Norzagaray, Bulacan, including the Ipo reservoir facilities, Ipo-Bicti tunnels, Bicti basin and Bicti-Novaliches aqueducts up to and including the Novaliches portal interconnection facilities.”

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Esquivel said the request to approve VO2 was pending with the Neda. “I am sad that the MWSS union has been filing graft charges against me for small things that are without truth when there were big corruption issues during the past MWSS administration,” he said. A third-party review by the Bureau of Construction of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), also done at the request of Esquivel, showed that adjustments in the quantities of items of work in the original contract resulted in an extra cost of P184.2 million. Another extra cost, reaching P322.4 million, was due to “new items of work based on design requirements on the need to provide additional length of steel aqueduct and additional Class 5 support (steel ribs), and various steel pipes for tunneling works.” Walter Ocampo, director of the DPWH unit, said the new unit costs “were found to be reasonable.” However, Ocampo asked Esquivel to “revisit” the general requirement items for “office laboratory, consumables, operations and maintenance of vehicles,” whose approved variation order increased to P55.4 million from P47.3 million. Tonette Orejas Inquirer Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer. net/445503/consumers-paying-for-aqueductrepair#ixzz2ZOGOFy6h  Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook


MPTC allots P3 B for road construction

Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), a unit of infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), has set a P3-billion capital expenditure program for its road construction projects this year. MPTC president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, in an interview with The STAR on the sidelines of the 6th NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Tara Na sa Norte Tourism and Travel Fair, said a big chunk of the budget, or P1.7 billion, would go to the Segment 9 project which involves a 2.4-kilometer stretch from Valenzuela City to MacArthur Highway. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of next year. Fernandez said these expansion projects would promote tourism, particularly in the northern part of Luzon where most of their facilities are located. MPTC unit Manila North Tollway Corp. (MNTC) operates the 84-kilometer NLEX and was recently awarded by the state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) the right to operate and maintain the 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex) for 33 years. “Our educated guess is that tourism has been playing a good part in the traffic increase in NLEX through the years,” he said. For the first half, traffic volume at NLEX rose five percent to an average 172,000 vehicles daily compared to the same period in 2012. The five percent growth is expected to be sustained by the end of the year. Fernandez said this is significantly higher or double the historical growth of two to four percent over the past years. The travel fair, held on July 12 to 14, focused on the four regions of North Philippines - Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Central Luzon - which among themselves hold some of the country’s most diverse cultural treasures and traditions. Donnabelle L. Gatdula (The Philippine Star)

Old sites in Naga converted to pocket forests Large swaths of old limestone and pozzolan quarries inside the country’s second oldest cement plant have been rehabilitated into pocket forests. During a plant tour with reporters yesterday, officials of the Apo-Cemex Plant in Naga City, Cebu revealed that more than five hectares of mined-out areas in Sitio Sindulan, Barangay Tinaan, which is inside their 192-hectare property, has been converted into small forest areas. The firm began rehabilitation efforts some four years ago, as part of its mines rehabilitation and recondition plan that it presented to the Mine and Geosciences Bureau, said Jenevy Patalinjug, ApoCemex’s Environment, Health and Safety engineer. Based on the plan, the firm will restore other patched areas in different parts of the quarries. Patalinjug said efforts to rehabilitate the mined-out areas were difficult at first, as they had to protect

the seedlings they planted from outside intervention. However, the firm created the joint “Grow a Tree” program that requires employees not only to plant seedlings, but also to see to it that these grow and survive. She said they usually coincide a tree-planting activity with an employee’s birthday. She said they’ve planted various trees like neen, narra, malubog, acacia, Indian, magtalisay, jackfruit, mango and cacao, among others. Patalinjug said they’ve also converted three hectares into a cacao plantation. She said they also provide seedlings of different fruit-bearing trees to outsiders. Chito Maniago, Cemex Philippines’ corporate communications and public affairs director, said their Naga plant has been awarded several times for its rehabilitation efforts and for its work in providing a sustainable environment within the plant. Justin K. Vestil

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Cebu Capitol will be sued if it won’t pay the contractor that supplied back-filling materials for the submerged portion of the Balili property. “I will file a case against them,” said Engr. Bernabe Gilbor of Supreme ABF Construction and Construction Supply Company Inc.Gov. Hilario Davide III, in a statement sent by Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera, said the Capitol will reserve its comments on the matter until it receives a formal communication from the contractor. The reaction of Gilbor stemmed from Provincial Legal Officer Orvi Ortega’s recommendation to Provincial Accountant Marieto Ypil to cancel the disbursement voucher and not to pay the contractor. The Capitol still has a balance of P6.8 million with Supreme ABF for the 27,683 cubic meters of back-filling materials worth P27.5 million the contractor supplied for the 24.9-hectare property in Naga City. Davide, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and Provincial Board Member Arleigh Sitoy had filed separate cases against former governor now Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu, 3rd district) over the allegedly irregular addition of the limestone. Davide filed a case for grave abuse of authority, oppression and grave misconduct, while Magpale and Sitoy filed a case for malversation of public funds. They also included former provincial treasurer Roy Salubre and Gilbor in their complaint.Gilbor, who has been a contractor for 32 years, said he knows how the law works. “Hindi naman ganoon ang gobyerno natin (That’s not how our government works),” he said. He said Capitol officials are adding insult to injury, considering he is only collecting what is owed him. Asked why he participated in the Balili back-filling project when it is already the subject of litigation, Gilbor said he will hold a press conference on Wednesday, or a day after he arrives in Cebu. Gilbor is based in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. He said he will bring all supporting documents to show the project is aboveboard. When told the project did not have the consent of the PB, he said all will be explained this week. Oscar C. Pineda

DPWH unveils masterplan to solve Manila flooding The horror of recent floods resulting from heavy rains has unearthed the flaws of the metropolis’ drainage system. For one, Metro Manila’s drainage system has low capacity, with most of the waterways clogged. That’s why whenever it rains, the drainage system is useless and hopeless, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said Thursday in a press briefing. “Even if we upgrade the drainage, the water can’t be discharged to the receiving body of water if the waterways were not cleared of obstructions,” he said. Averting a repeat of heavy floods that submerged many roads, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has a master plan for the drainage system. “We have 70 ongoing projects and 20 more to be started to increase the drainage capacity,” Singson said. He said the DPWH has dredged in Pasig River and Maricaban Creek as part of the masterplan. “Part of it is what we call river wall improvement in order to increase the capacity of the waterways,” he said. Adding to the problematic situation is the informal settlers and garbage that reduced the capacity of the drainage system, Singson added. He said the DPWH is teaming up with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to share responsibilities on clearing the waterways. Apart from Pasig River and Maricaban, among these floodways are Tripa de Gallina, Tullahan, Sunog Apog, Manggahan, San Juan River, and Maypajo. The master plan covers the river system in critical areas apart from clearing the waterways. It also identifies the perennially flooded areas like the España area in Manila and proposes band-aid solutions. Singson said the P620-million Blumentritt interceptor, also known as water tunnel, is being constructed to ease flooding along España. “It is 2.6 kilometers long starting from Dapitan until Laong Laan, Blumentritt, Chinese General Hospital, Abad Santos reaching the Estero of Sunog Apog and Maypajo,” he said. Raymund F. Antonio 10 | Philippine Construction & Design  September - October 2013

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Contractor to press charges if not paid P6.8M DOTC defers bids for LRT-2 extension

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has deferred the opening of the financial bids for the P350million consulting and engineering work contract for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 Extension. In a statement, DOTC spokesperson Migs Sagcal said that the four firms that did not qualify upon the opening of the technical proposals last week filed for motion for reconsideration and requested the DOTC to defer the opening of bids. The lone qualifying technical bid was of Foresight Development and Surveying Co., which partnered with Soosung Engineering Co. Ltd. and the Korea Rail Network Authority Consortium. Sagcal said the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DOTC decided to defer the opening of the financial bids until the motions for reconsideration are resolved. The four disqualified bidders were 1) J.F. Cancio & Associates which partnered with Development Engineering & Management Corp., Engineering & Development Corp of the Philippines, Filipinas Dravo Corp, TCGI Engineers, Urban Integrated Consultants Inc., and Oriental Consultants Co. Ltd.; 2) Schema Konsult Inc., in association with Pertconsult International, KE Asia Inc., DCCD Engineering Corp., Key Engineers Co, and Proconsult Inc.; 3) a partnership between Systra Philippines and Philipps Technical Consultants Corp.; and 4) Science and Vision for Technology Inc., in association with Yooshin Engineering Corp. The LRT-2 Masinag Extension Project involves a 4.2-kilometer extension from the current Santolan station in Pasig Ctiy to the intersection of the Marcos and Sumulong Highways in Antipolo City. The consultancy contract entails providing a detailed engineering design for the rail extension, as well as construction and supervision services for the civil works phase. Earlier this year, the DOTC declared a failure of bidding for the project after only one of the interested parties was able to meet the eligibility requirements of RA 9184, otherwise known as the Procurement Law.


Giant firms San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Ayala Corp. have expressed interest in the P35-billion Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway Project, disclosed Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Rafael Yabut. The MPIC had earlier invested P6.77 billion in Cavitex Holdings, Inc. which holds the concession for the Cavitex, the toll road that links Metro Manila to Cavite. SMC controls the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) while the Ayala Group has vast property projects in South Luzon, such as the Nuvali community in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  Following the changes in its funding scheme, the CALA project would be resubmitted to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for approval. From a combination of PublicPrivate Partnership (PPP) and Official Development Assistance (ODA), the project will now be implemented under pure PPP. According to Usec. Yabut, tapping official development assistance (ODA) would

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have meant the government borrowing concessional loans from its foreign donors to partly finance the project. Under pure PPP, the winning bidder from the private sector would assume the financial burden of completing the project. The government decided to bid out the project under pure PPP after the DPWH received an upfront payment of P11 billion from the SMC for the P15.5-billion NAIA Expressway. Upon NEDA’s approval of the changes in

the funding scheme, the winning firm will finance, design and construct the P15.8billion, 18.1-kilometer Laguna section from the Aguinaldo Highway to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)-Mamplasan exit in Laguna.The agency will bid out the project before the end of 2013, said Usec Yabut. The CALA Expressway Project is the third big-ticket infrastructure project of the DPWH under the PPP program of the government.

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Subic-based Grand Pillar International Development Inc. has recently broken ground for a P170-million commercial and office building designed to provide space for the growing number of business locators in this free port. The project took over a whole block of commercial space at the Subic Gateway Park near a row of duty-free shops along the Argonaut Highway here. Dr. Johnson Yang, chairman of Grand Pillar, a company that also provides an online real-estate platform for brokers, agents, owners and developers, said the three-story building will be called Mi Casa Terrace. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Roberto V. Garcia, who attended the project launch, said the commercial building project is a manifestation of the increasing demand for spaces intended for tourism-related businesses. “There is now a continuous increase of tourist arrivals in the free port that investors see as a good sign to start tourism-related businesses,” Garcia said. He also said the Department of Tourism cited the Subic Bay Freeport in December 2012 as “one of the top destinations in the country” due to the high influx of local and foreign tourists and also chose Subic in October as the “Premier Convention Capital of Central Luzon.” During the groundbreaking rites, Yang lauded the SBMA chairman and other officials of the agency for the support they have given to Grand Pillar in setting another milestone for the real-estate company. “I believe that Subic is in the right direction,” Yang said. “It is doing great business again,” he added. Yang also read a statement from Ronald Wang, chairman of property developer Century 21 Subic Bay, who expressed high hopes for the business potentials of this free port. “Subic is the next Guam in terms of economic growth,” said Wang, who was invited to keynote the groundbreaking ceremony. Wang said when he was invited by Dr. Yang to Subic several years ago, he felt the passion in Subic and the opportunity

SBMA investment officer Kenneth Rementilla lowers a time capsule during the ground-breaking rites for the P170-million Mi Casa Terrace commercial building at the Subic Bay Freeport. With him are (L-R) SBMA Senior Deputy Administrator Ramon O. Agregado, SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto V. Garcia, and Grand Pillar chairman Dr. Johnson Yang.

that awaited in terms of leisure and commercial development. “This is the reason when I attended the 10th Asian Real Estate Association of America Global Summit held in Hawaii in May [2013] I was inspired and had the confidence to present to all the delegates and participants of the summit that Subic could be the next Guam,” he added. Wang, who is also chairman and chief executive officer of Century 21 Taiwan, Century 21 Asia Pacific, and Fantai Real Estate Management Co., also operates the Century 21 Realty Management in Guam, a tiny Pacific island that attracts more than 1 million tourists annually because of its more than 20 luxury hotels, as well as commercial shops and entertainment venues. Subic is said to have the potential to replicate Guam’s real-estate boom because of its natural attractions that include mountain forests and a bay. Henry Empeño

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NGCP seeks P662-million expansion

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), the country’s sole power lines concessionaire, said on Wednesday that it is seeking the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for the installation of another transformer in its Las Piñas substation. The NGCP said the Las Piñas substation is one of the six substations that supply the power requirements of Metro Manila through the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

The NGCP said the Las Piñas substation expansion project is estimated to cost P662.7 million and is expected to be completed in 33 months after the approval of the ERC is secured. The substation, NGCP added, has three 300-megavolt-ampere (MVA) power transformers as installed capacity. It plans to add another 300-MVA transformer to increase the substation’s capacity and meet the increasing demand of Meralco customers. Rico C. Vega, NGCP deputy assistant chief technical officer for planning and engineering, said they will have to resort to load shedding if the Las Piñas substation suffers overloading. “We can avoid this scenario since the substation will be more capable of handling larger load by carrying this project,” Vega said. He added that they are pushing for the implementation of the project to address the N-1 contingency requirement of the Philippine Grid Code. He explained that

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the N-1, or single outage contingency, allows the transmission system to function normally even if a transformer has stopped operating. In Las Piñas substation’s case, Vega said, if one of the three transformers malfunctions, it would result in overloading for the remaining transformers that would gravely affect the power supply of Metro Manila. The NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations and related assets. NGCP’s regular maintenance activities, expansion, and upgrading projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to grid-connected customers like generators, distributors, and large industries. Paul Anthony A. Isla

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Giant conglomerates confirm participation in CALA project Three giant local and foreign conglomerates have confirmed plans to submit prequalification documents for the Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway Project, a public-private partnership (PPP) project meant to decongest traffic and spur development in the south of Metro Manila. The firms include San Miguel Corp., Manuel V. Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investments Corp., and AlloyMtd Group, Malaysia’s second biggest toll road operator. Ayala Corp. was also reportedly interested in joining the auction. According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the P35-B CALA Expressway Project would be fully designed, financed and constructed by the winning bidder from the private sector. The agency recently revised the terms of the deal, which was earlier expected to be jointly built by the government and the private sector. Since the PPP was restructured to its current form, the private sector would be solely responsible for the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the project, which it would operate for 35 years. The DPWH expects to award the project by January 2014. This would allow the winning bidder to start construction by March 2014 for completion by March 2018. The gap between the awarding and the start of construction was set aside for the design phase of the expressway. The agency said the CALA expressway would not only boost the competitiveness of the south of Metro Manila but would also decongest the area and shorten travel time to Metro Manila. It had set the base toll rate at P5 per kilometer, although this could be adjusted every two years. The CALA Expressway starts at the Manila-Cavite Expressway in Kawit, Cavite, and will end at the SLEX Mamplasan Interchange in Binan, Laguna. To date, the government has already successfully awarded two expressway projects and a classroom infrastructure project under its PPP program.

The Industry Run offered 21k, 12k, 6k and 3k marathons.

1st Philconstruct Industry Run held in Cebu About 632 runners swarmed the San Pedro Calungsod Template at the South Road Properties (SRP) in the morning of June 9 to sign up for the first Philconstruct Industry Run, a 21-kilometer race organized by the Cebu Contractors Association, Inc. (CCA) in cooperation with the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA) and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE). In a statement, Event Chairman Andy Cubillan said the race aimed “to promote wellness and fitness among industry players” as well as to raise funds for a community project that will be undertaken by the CCA, which involves building classrooms made up of environmentfriendly materials in Cebu. 12k and 21k finishers also received a Finishers Medal with an engraving of the distance that they finished, the banner of Philconstruct Visayas 2013 and the logos of CCA, PCA and PICE. The Association identified the beneficiary of the project as the urban community school in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City, the second green building school in the region following the Ocana National High School in Carcar City, Southern Cebu. As a means of motivating the participants to finish the race, the CCA raffled off two Garmin watches before officially closing the event. Runners who completed the 3k, 6k, 12k and 21k distances received P200, P300, P400 and P500, respectively on top of their race bibs, singlet and a loot bags.

Philconstruct Visayas visitors increase by 42 % The total number of registered visitors at Philconstruct Visayas 2013 grew by almost 50% this year, an indicator of its unqualified success and health in the region. A post-event report from Global Link MP Events International, Inc., the official event manager of the Philconstruct series, showed that the visitor tally from June 7 to 9 totaled 6,221, 42.39% higher than the 4,369 of last year. The figure was the highest since the inception of the show in 2010 and was buttressed by the increased scope of exhibitors and enhanced visitor experience this year. “The final numbers generated from the show were very encouraging. I believe the move to June has been good for the show,” said Global Link CEO Patrick Tan. Of the 6,221 visitors registered this 2013, 5,280 were trade visitors, 35 were students and 941

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were Technoforum delegates. In 2012, the number of trade visitors totaled just about 3,202, students totaled 302, and Technoforum delegates, 865. The decline in the number of student visitors this year was brought by the adjustment in the schedule of the show. Philconstruct Visayas used to be held every September but was moved to early June this year to form part of the monthlong celebration of the Cebu Business Month. In this year’s show, a total of 225 companies showcased thousands of products and service chains in the fields of construction, design and architecture. It was held last June 7 to 9 at the Waterfront Hotel Cebu and Casino and was the first leg of the Philconstruct 2013 series. The next show, Philconstruct Mindanao 2013, will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao from September 5 to 7.


Design-Build Professionals must license

PCA leads Bauma2013 delegation Representatives of the Philippine Constructors Association Inc. (PCA) as well as some distinguished figures from the local construction industry flew across the globe for the biggest and most prestigious construction machinery expo in the world – Bauma. Held last April 15 to 21 in Munich, Germany, Bauma set record-breaking numbers with an unbelievable 575,000 square meters of total exhibition space area, 3,420 exhibiting companies from 57 countries, and visitor figures reaching 530,000 from 200 countries.

ACEL Seminar

The Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL) successfully held the second leg of its “How to Secure a PCAB License” Seminar last August at the CW Home Depot Ortigas in Pasig City. The seminar was attended by 110 attendees comprising architects, engineers, labor contractors and other industry professionals. Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) Chairman Engineer Ramon Allado graced the seminar and comprehensively discussed the steps to take when securing a license from PCAB. In a statement, ACEL President Lito Garcia said the objective of the seminar was to encourage more industry players to rightfully secure a PCAB license before engaging in the business of construction contracting in the country, as mandated by RA 4566 otherwise known as the Contractor’s License Law. The first leg of the seminar was held last July 6 and was attended by 86 contractors. This was followed by an Authorized Managing Officers (AMO) Seminar last July 29 and 30 which attracted 140 industry players.

Design-Build Architects and Engineers must secure a license from PCAB before engaging in construction activities. This clarification was given by PCAB Chairman, Engr. Ramon Allado, after a question was posed via the PCA Metropolitan website by a group of architects. The contention was made that that the exemption contained in Section 14 of RA 4566 is applicable to Design-Build as DesignBuild is seen as part of the practicing of the architecture profession. Section 14 provides as follows: “This Act shall not apply to a registered civil engineer or a licensed architect acting solely in his professional capacity“. Engr. Allado responded as follows: “First of all there is no conflict between the Architectural law and RA 4566. The law governing the practice of your profession did not repeal RA 4566. The exemption in section 14 is specific to the design and supervision aspects of your practice and if your activities are limited to these you are not required to secure a PCAB license. “While it is true that as architects you are allowed to do design and build, both laws did not exempt you from the requirement that as builders or construction contractors a PCAB license must be secured. In fact even owners of projects doing their own projects “by administration” are not exempt. It is the build portion that you need to secure a PCAB license for not the practice of your profession. The definition of a contractor and/or builder is quite clear and as an architect you know when you are already undertaking construction (submit proposal for and/or enter into design build contracts, procure materials, hire workmen, engage sub or specialty contractors among others).” Section 35 of RA 4566 makes it an offense to engage in construction contracting without a license and specifically includes the following: “Any contractor who, for a price, commission, fee or wage, submits or attempts to submit a bid to construct, or contracts to or undertakes to construct, or assumes charge in a supervisory capacity of a construction work within the purview of this Act, without first securing a license to engage in the business of contracting in this country ……..” The highlighted section is where the exemption contained in Section 14 comes into play. PCAB has recently announced an Amnesty up to 31 December 2013 in order that unlicensed contractors may secure PCAB licenses and legitimize their operations. Design-Build professionals are urged to avail of the Amnesty. For more information of the Amnesty please visit http://pcametro.ph/blog/ pcab-amnesty-2013.

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The Malaysian construction industry is expected to grow by 11.2% this year, driven by various projects under the Economic Transformation Program initiated by the Government last year. Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM)  president Matthew Tee said among the projects that would boost growth were the My Rapid Transit project and other Entry Point Projects. “We have all these projects initiated by the Government and we reckon if they are implemented this year, we could achieve the number,” he said at the Fifth Malaysian Construction Summit themed “Challenges Facing the Construction Industry” opened by the Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Himmat Singh. Tee said one of the challenges in the industry was the need to provide a sufficient number of skilled

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construction workers. “Although there is a need to limit the number of foreign workers, we must also have a sufficient number of local skilled construction workers who can contribute to the economy. “As we are all aware, the construction industry has played an important role in the national economy,” he said. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between MBAM and the Construction Research

Vietnam worries over hydropower construction failures A series of dam failures in Vietnam at hydropower projects

has seen local authorities order emergency inspections across the country. Cost cutting and profiteering are being names as the main cause for these construction failures, with investors also failing to live up to commitments such as relocation. So dangerous is the problem that one province has closed eight projects. The first failure, in October last year, saw the Dakrong III dam in Quang Tri province collapse causing over USD1 million-worth of damage. After its collapse locals said the wreckage was concrete mixed with soil, according toVietnamNet. A more minor incident, at Dak Mek 3 Hydropower Plant in Kon Tum province, saw a truck accident lead to wall failure, killing one worker. Only last month, with a reservoir at half capacity, the dam of the Ia Krel 2 hydropower plant in Gia Lai province failed, swamping farmland. Following an investigation, the Le Vinh Gia Lai, a director of the provinces Department of Construction, castigated the builders highlighting a list of poor building practices, sub-standard materials and ignoring design specifications. So alarming was the initial research, that Gai Lai provincial authorities ordered an inspection of all the hydropower projects in the area. Eight hydropower projects were revoked due to concerns over investor funding and commitments to safe building. A broader inspection in five provinces in the Central Highlands found that the Dac Drinh hydropower project in Kon Tum province was preparing to fill its reservoir, while 217 households in flood areas were yet to be rehoused. 16 | Philippine Construction & Design  September - October 2013

Institute of Malaysia was signed on the sidelines of the summit. Under the MoU, MBAM and the institute would co-operate to execute research work. The institute’s executive director  Zuhairi Hamid  said the collaboration would lead to the commercialization and adoption of new construction methods and products. (Bernama)

Boost in Penang’s construction industry The construction industry in Penang has received a boost with an expected RM6 billion worth of jobs over the next eight years. Developers, both local and KL-based, have planned to launch some RM9.7 billion worth of properties this year. According to Knight Frank Research (Knight Frank), approximately RM5 billion will be from commercial projects that include IJM Land Bhd’s (IJM Land) planned commercial precinct next to the Penang Bridge, SP Setia Bhd’s subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition (sPICE) Centre (to be completed by 2015) and hotel projects in Bayan Baru. The remaining RM4.7 billion will be from various residential developments. IJM Land will embark on its commercial precinct project on 102 acres located next to the Penang Bridge and off the Tun Dr Lim Eu Expressway in mid-2013. The precinct, which will take seven to eight years to complete, is designed to accommodate four hotels, a shopping centre, an international business district as well as the RM346 million Penang Waterfront Convention Centre which is scheduled for completion in 2017. In addition, the Penang state government has awarded a tender to Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd, a Malaysia-China joint venture, to construct four road / tunnel projects namely a 4.2km bypass connecting Gurney Drive to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, a 4.6km Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway-Bandar Baru Air Itam bypass, a 12km road connecting Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang and a 6.5km Penang- Butterworth undersea tunnel. However, despite the announcement of impending completion of these major infrastructural projects, Knight Frank’s overall outlook on Penang property market is still one of consolidation. (The Borneo Post)


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Bali APEC construction projects boost Holcim Indonesia sales

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Despite some parts of Indonesia recently witnessing a slowdown in sales this year, Holcim’s local sales have been boosted by construction growth in Bali ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference to be held on the island later this year. “Nationally, this year’s cement sales growth has tended to slow down but we have been able to take advantage of construction growth in Bali,” Holcim vice president Juhans Suryantan, told Antara news agency. He said the company would continue to take the opportunity offered by hotel development ahead of the APEC conference which will be held in October this year. “Even sales growth in Bali this year is far above other regions. More infrastructure development projects have been carried out ahead of the APEC summit,” Juhans said. In the first half of 2013, Holcim’s Indonesian sales rose 7.5 per cent to 4.01Mt compared to the same period of last year. ICR (International Cement Review)

Ford Digs Cambodia water wells Ford announced its second wave of water well construction for highpriority rural communities lacking access to clean water in the Cambodian provinces of Takeo and Kampong Speu. Together Ford and dealer partner, RMA Cambodia, are investing USD12,500 to build a series of thirteen new water wells in seven villages across the two southern provinces. The new construction on which Ford today breaks ground is funded through Ford Motor Company’s internationally recognized 2013 Conservation and Environmental Grants Program in Cambodia. Once constructed, the 13 water wells – eight in Takeo and five in Kampong Speu – will supply the nearly 1000 families with the water they need to quench their thirst, to water their crops and to build healthier, happier lives. “We are additionally happy to be able to announce that by the end of 2013, we will construct even more new wells in the provinces of Kampong Chhang and Pursat in phase three of our nationwide clean-water well program,” said Seng Voeung, RMA General Manager for Ford, RMA Cambodia. Ford and RMA have pledged a total of USD70,000 for water well construction across Cambodia for its 2012-2013 grants program, announced in November 2012 in Siem Reap by Elena A. Ford, Vice President, Global Dealer and Consumer Experience, and great-great granddaughter of Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford. 18 | Philippine Construction & Design  September - October 2013

Ghanaian construction professionals leave for Singapore, Malaysia to learn best practices A 13- member delegation of government officials and building professionals left Accra for a 10-day working visit to Malaysia and Singapore. The trip is to enable the delegation learn best practices in the construction industry to be able to apply them in Ghana. They will be meeting with various construction agencies, attend a construction exhibition and conference as well as visit some selected building sites in the two countries. The trip, spearheaded by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Ghana, is one of many events slated to take place in the year, all aimed at sanitizing and regulating the construction industry in Ghana. The advocacy embarked on by the building environment professionals follows the collapse of the Melcom Building in Accra as well as other buildings in some parts of the country. The delegation, led by the Chairman of CIOB Ghana, Mr Rockson Dogbegah, includes representatives from the Ministries of Water Resources Works and Housing, Roads and Highways as well as Trade and Industry. Other members are representing the Institute of Planners, Architects, and Institution of Surveyors. The Contractors Associations and Procurement Specialists are also on the delegation. Speaking in an interview before departure, Mr. Dogbegah said the Professionals were determined to support the various agencies to clean the industry, adding that the crusade would be sustained until the industry was sanitized. “We cannot continue in our old ways and the time to act is now” he said. Last April, CIOB Ghana organized a twoday workshop to review all the protocols involved in regulating the construction industry in Ghana; jointly advise on the gaps and make appropriate recommendations collectively to Government and Stakeholders. Built environment professional institutions such as the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana Institute of Planners, Ghana Institute of Architects, the Institution of Engineers and other major stakeholders such as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Ministry of Roads and Highways, Public Procurement Authority and the National Insurance Commission made presentations at the workshop. Presentations at the workshop touched on regulation, health and safety, issuance of permits, planning practices, procurement and the infrastructure development. There were also discussions on the current rules, regulations and protocols governing the construction industry with the view to identifying the gaps and finding remedies. Other programs have been lined up for the rest of the year,  including regional workshops, as well as seminars in selected tertiary institutions to ensure that a lasting solution is found to the ills of the construction industry. (GNA)


common methods, which is what the some of their planning -- a 10-day process -- was about, he added. The Indonesian and U.S. engineer Soldiers found that they weren’t too far apart. Their respective building techniques and ways of managing construction are about the same, Harianto said. “The materials we use are much different than the Americans use,” he said. Among other things, the Indonesians use reinforcing bar differently, Lero noted. Nonetheless, they were able to consolidate their ideas and observations and decide on a set of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to use in the projects, he explained. “The Indonesians’ construction TTPs are really good, so we’re going to use them,” Lero said. Both Soldiers have high hopes for the projects. He’s anxious to begin so they can make their mark, Harianto said. Lero agreed. of Garuda Shield 13, which began on June 10.  “Five to 10 years from now, our They decided on the projects after an work will still be here,” Lero said. “The exhaustive comparison of their respective people will remember that the U.S. construction techniques, said Lero, of and (Indonesian Army) Soliders were Mangilao, Guam. Lero, his Indonesian here and gave back to the community.” counterpart Capt. Yudo Harianto and the He enjoys being an engineer Soldier and other engineers began the planning process working with the American engineers, by touring a construction site here on June Harianto said. 9, along with another construction site and a “We don’t just fight -- we build,” materials store later on. he stressed. “We have a language With an air of quiet professionalism barrier, but we have the principles of and expertise that transcended cultural construction and engineering in common.” differences, the engineers walked the Depok They learned a lot from their construction site, keenly studying its brick Indonesian counterparts, Lero said. and cement construction and noting building “They have a lot of unique ways of methods. constructing things,” he said. “I’m going to The tours gave them an understanding miss them until we meet up to begin work of Indonesian construction techniques and next year.” materials, Lero said. But joint endeavors like the building and renovation projects require

Indonesia Construction and US Army Pacific Build Relationships The common craftsmanship of military engineering has surpassed language barriers to lay the foundation for Indonesian and U.S. Army construction projects expected to begin in Indonesia next year. Engineers of the Indonesian Army’s 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st Division Kostrad and the U.S. Army Reserve’s 797th Engineer Company are planning to join forces to undertake a renovation project and construct a multi-purpose building --suitable for housing, a community center or daycare center, according to 1st Lt. Mark Lero, 797th Engineer Company. The projects will be part of Garuda Shield 14, the annual military exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military cooperation while focusing on international peace support operations. Ten engineers from the two units met and began planning under the auspices

Vietnam cement exports rise by 63%

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Vietnam exported nearly 5.2Mt of cement to Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia in the first half of 2013, a rise of 63% yearon-year compared to 3.2Mt in the same period in 2012 according to the Ministry of Construction. The ministry also stated that cement sales have grown by 27.9% year-on-year, reaching 27.9Mt so far in 2013. Due to reduced demand at home, many cement producers have focused on exports, said Tran Van Huynh, chairman of the Vietnam Construction Materials Association. The cement industry expects to export over 10Mt of cement in 2013, or 15% of the nation’s total output. Huynh added that the Vietnamese export price was around 20% below the average global export price. Exports have helped reduce the June 2013 inventory to around 2.6Mt, according to the construction ministry. The unsold volume of Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (VICEM) accounts for half of this amount. There have been no changes in the price of cement in the Vietnam market since January 2013 despite higher coal, power and fuel prices that have pushed up production costs and caused difficulties for domestic producers. The Vietnamese cement industry has a production capacity of 66Mt/yr and consumption for 2013 is forecast to be in the region of 57Mt. Published in Global Cement News  September - October 2013

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The construction sector is poised to pick up pace with new rollout of projects after Barisan Nasional (BN) was returned to power in the 13th General Election, analysts said. AmResearch analyst Alex Goh believes that the continuation of the BN-led federal government is likely to result in a pick-up of momentum for the rollout of projects, which had been in a lull in the past two months. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had promised more low-cost houses and public transport upgrades while fasttracking investments through the Economic Transformation Programme. Goh said growth momentum in the construction sector will be supported by the award of contracts for the RM60 billion Refinery And Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang and tank terminal development in Johor. Several billion ringgit worth of contracts are also expected from gas cluster projects off Sabah and Sarawak. RHB Research has upgraded the sector from “neutral” to “overweight” on the back of reduced risk premium following the BN victory.  A slowdown was expected in the sector in the event the opposition coalition had won as it would have reviewed the award of contracts for the My Rapid Transit (MRT) projects. This would have dampened earnings potential for companies that have already been given jobs. “We reflect the reduced earnings risk and risk premium for the sector by upgrading our one-year forward target per earnings ratio for construction stocks to 10-16x from 8-13x,” RHB Research noted.  The firm has raised the fair values of construction stocks under its coverage by one per cent to 39 per cent to reflect the unchanged to higher multiples, coupled with the rolling forward of its valuation base year to fiscal year 2014 from FY13. Alliance Research has also re-rated the construction sector to “overweight”, with the expectation that the KL Construction Index will now shoot up faster than the broader FBM KLCI index. “With BN retaining power, we expect to see an immediate re-rating within the construction sector as the election risk has effectively been removed,” Alliance noted. The KL Construction Index index underperformed by minus 14.5 per cent last year despite robust construction gross domestic product growth (18.5 per cent) and strong domestic job flows (RM27.9 billion). (Sharen Kaur, Business Times)

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Malaysia’s construction sector poised to pick up pace

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Four workers are missing and presumed drowned after an under-construction dam partially collapsed in western Cambodia, officials said. A search has got under way for the missing workers. Another four workers were seriously injured. Major Theang Leng, chief of police in the district where the hydroelectric dam is located on the Atay river, said the collapse appeared to occur because the dam was holding too much water and had started leaking. Theang Leng said construction work has been temporarily halted as experts survey the damage. Yeat Thay, a mechanic who lives near the site, said the dam’s reservoir was completely emptied by the accident. He said there were rumours that three to five Chinese experts involved in the construction were also missing, but Theang Leng denied this. In a 2008 report, the US-based watchdog International Rivers Network said “poorly conceived hydropower development could irreparably damage” Cambodia’s environment and also extract a social cost. In addition to being displaced, local villagers are also often deprived of the natural resources they used to depend on to make a living. Work on the 120-megawatt Atay hydroelectric project began in 2008 and had been scheduled for completion in May 2013. The project is being undertaken by the China Datang Corp as a build-operate-transfer concession under which the company will operate it for 30 years. Although Cambodia has an electricity shortage, there has been criticism of building some dams for environmental and social reasons.

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Malaysian construction firms urged to go global Malaysian construction companies should go global and embrace the vast construction project opportunities abroad, Deputy Minister of Works Datuk Yong Khoon Seng said. The high growth rate in the construction industry here proves the industry players are exposed to construction projects of varying complexities and will be able to perform well in the global arena. “Think global. Act global. Deliver to global standards. Do not be afraid

to venture into unknown territory, or to take risks so long as they are understood and risk-management strategies are in place,” he said in an opening speech at the International Construction Week 2013 last March. In order to provide assurance and enhance delivery of justice in the construction industry in a globalizing environment, a specialist court on construction affairs will soon be established. “Three pillars of ‘justice’ will

be made available: Construction arbitration; statutory adjudication and a specialist construction court,” said Yong, adding that the initiatives are the government’s commitment to the sector. Overall, Malaysian contractors have completed 617 projects worth US$20 billion (RM61.8 billion) worldwide while another 74 projects worth US$11 billion are in progress. He urged industry players to work closely with the CIDB to find ways to improve performance and to benchmark against international best practices. (Business Times)

Road construction clears city congestion city cope with traffic jams. The road will ease traffic congestion in Tan Binh, Phu Nhuan and Go Vap districts and on certain streets leading to the inner city, including Nam Ky Khoi NghiaNguyen Van Troi, Hoang Van Thu and Phan Dang Luu streets. In addition, many flyovers in the city have also helped ease traffic congestion, including one at Thu Duc intersection and one at Hang Xanh roundabout. The city’s Department of Transport has also reorganised traffic flow on many streets like Nguyen Thai Son – Pham Ngu Lao in Go Vap District, and at Bay Hien intersection. Traffic flow has also been eased at Suong Nguyet Anh and Bui Thi Xuan streets in District 1. The department said that it would continue to conduct research to reorganise traffic flow at many streets and intersections

across the city. The department has also modified traffic lights at 129 areas where there is dense traffic flow, especially during peak hours. It will also set up more electronic boards on large streets to help traffic commuters learn more about directions, traffic lanes, and potential traffic jams. To solve traffic congestion in a sustainable manner, Tat Thanh Cang, director of the Transport Department, said the city needed to plan and develop infrastructure, including roads, railways and waterways and air routes, in a unified manner. The city must also develop public transport and restrict the use of personal vehicles, he said. In addition, the city will need to develop many more flyovers, metro routes and extensive bus routes that connect with many areas in the city and with metro stations, he added. — VNS

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HCM CITY (VNS)— Traffic congestion in HCM City’s major areas has been significantly reduced as more and more new roads and bridges have been built in recent years, a city official has said. The situation has improved at the eastern and western gateways of HCM City, especially on the Ha Noi Highway from Dong Nai bridge to Sai Gon bridge, and from Binh Dien bridge to Nguyen Van Linh roundabout in Binh Chanh District. Traffic congestion eased after the construction of Ha Noi Highway, the main gateway of the city that connects to southeastern provinces. The highway has been upgraded and expanded into 16 lanes. Traffic has improved on the section from Sai Gon Bridge to Thu Duc intersection on the expressway. One of the most significant projects is 20 km-long Vo Van Kiet Avenue, with six to 10 lanes. It connects with National Road 1A (in Binh Chanh District) passing through districts 6, 5, 4, 1 and 2, to Ha Noi Highway. The Vo Van Kiet Avenue has helped ease traffic congestion in both eastern and western directions, making way for trucks to go in and out of Cat Lai Port in District 2. In addition, the Belt Road 2 has also contributed to easing traffic jams by restricting trucks and container trucks from entering the inner city. Sections of the Belt Road 2 includes National Road 1A from Go Dua traffic circle in Thu Duc District to Ho Ngoc Lam and Nguyen Van Linh streets, as well as Phu My bridge to the Go Dua traffic circle. The Tan Son Nhat – Binh Loi – Outside Belt Road, of which some sections are nearly finished and will be open to traffic soon, is another project that has helped the

A traffic jam in Phan Dinh Phung Street, Phu Nhuan District, HCM City. Extensive road and bridge building projects have had a major impact on reducing congestion in the city’s major areas in recent years, according to city transport officials.—VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong

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Bamboo points way to green construction in Indonesia’s Bali

Strong, light and cheaper than steel poles, bamboo is ubiquitous across Asia as scaffolding. So much so that in recognition of the material’s versatility, the Indonesian island of Bali has made it an emblem of sustainable construction, replacing buildings of concrete and steel with far greener alternatives. An entire school, luxury villas and even a chocolate factory are the latest structures to rise from bamboo skeletons as the plant’s green credentials and strength are hailed. The factory, which opened last year and produces organic drinking chocolate and cocoa butter, is the latest in a string of buildings on the island, including homes and businesses, to be built of bamboo. Erected in the village of Sibang Kaja between the resort island’s smoggy capital Denpasar and the forests of Ubud, the factory is the initiative of specialty food firm Big Tree Farms, which claims the 2,550-square-meter (27,500-square-foot) facility is the biggest commercial bamboo building in the world. “Bamboo is unmatched as a sustainable building material. What it can do is remarkable,” Big Tree Farms co-founder Ben Ripple, 37, told AFP. “It grows far more quickly than timber and

doesn’t destroy the land it’s grown on,” said Ripple, an American from Connecticut. “Our factory can be packed up and moved in days, so if we decided to shut it down one day, we’re not going to damage the rice paddies we sit on.” The 100 hectares (247 acres) of paddies sit inside a socalled “bamboo triangle,” with the factory, school and villas standing at each of the three points. Such ambitious bamboo projects in Bali are mostly driven by eco-conscious foreigners. With studies showing construction to be one of the world’s least sustainable industries — eating up around half of the globe’s non-renewable resources — sustainable construction is slowly taking root around the world. It is among the key topics for discussion at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which opens June 20 in Rio de Janeiro. In Sibang, the tawny brown bamboo buildings with their grass thatched roofs appear to be rising from the earth. The three-story chocolate factory is pieced together using a complex system of scissor trusses and bolts, thanks to clever architecture. It resembles the traditional

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longhouses found on Borneo island and was made with more than 18,000 meters (59,000 feet) of bamboo from Bali and Java. At Sibang’s nearby Green School, the 240 students — most of them children of expatriates — learn in semi-outdoor classrooms decked with bamboo furniture. The school, which opened in 2008 and was the magnet for the other two projects, has 25 bamboo buildings, the main one being a stilt-structure constructed with 2,500 bamboo poles, or culms. “In Hong Kong and China, they make new skyscrapers of concrete and glass using bamboo scaffolding. But here, the workmen stood on steel scaffolding to build this bamboo building. That’s always seemed funny to me,” said Green School admissions head Ben Macrory, from New York. “In most parts of Asia, bamboo is seen as the poor man’s timber.” Not, however, in Sibang, where the bamboo villas that nestle between the palm trees are worth $350,000 to $700,000 each. Like decadent treehouses for adults, they have semi-outdoor areas and include innovative bamboo flooring that resembles smooth timber and jellybean-shaped coffee tables made from thin bamboo slats. Bamboo — technically a grass — has been used in building for

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centuries because of its impressive strength-to-weight ratio. Jules Janssen, an authority on bamboo in the Netherlands, says that the weight of a 5,000-kilogram (11,000-pound) elephant can be supported by a short bamboo stub with a surface area of just 10 square centimeters (1.5 square inches). One reason bamboo is so environmentally-friendly is the speed at which it grows, according to Terry Sunderland, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia. “In China, eucalyptus can grow at three to four meters (10-13 feet) a year, which is very impressive for timber. But building-quality bamboo will grow between six and 10 meters (20-33 feet) in that time,” he said. And unlike trees that rarely grow back once felled, bamboo will continue to produce new shoots even after cutting. But even bamboo has its drawbacks. Without intensive treatment, it is prone to rotting after exposure to water. It also catches fire relatively easily, which is why many countries limit bamboo structures to just a few stories. Ripple acknowledged that building with bamboo was not foolproof, but expressed optimism that the technology to protect it from the elements will improve. “A friend we work with here always says bamboo needs a hat, rain jacket and boots,” he said. “We’re lacking on the rain jacket a bit, but we’re looking at nontoxic materials to give it some protection.” AFP


Construction quality blamed in Vietnam dam break workers. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered an investigation. Hydropower plants in Vietnam fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, but small ones, defined as those with a capacity of less than 30 MW, are managed by local authorities.Ia Krel 2 has a capacity of five MW. Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai said small dams cause great concern since their management tend to be loose. Late last year two small dams in the region broke, killing a truck driver.Investigators Ia Krel 2 dam that broke in Gia Lai Province. Photo by Tran Hieu, Thanh later blamed poor construction after checking the building materials.  Nien News Around 40 small dams were not enough data yet to reach a vehicles, and the foundation was approved in the central region, final conclusion about the cause. not strengthened enough, thus the though some were canceled last Preliminary investigations have cracks and breach.The company year after local governments found that water absorbtion by the has been asked to work with local had second thoughts. Provincial dam wall had caused the breach he authorities to estimate the damage authorities said such dams do not offer much benefit, but cause as and make proper compensation. said. The water flooded more than much damage as large ones on the Bach Duc Quang, general director of Bao Long, said the 10 ha of cassava and 20 ha of local environment and people’s bottom of the VND120-billion rubber belonging to a state-owned livelihoods. Vietnam relies on (US$5.7 million) dam used to forestry company, and destroyed hydropower for about 40 percent of be a road for heavy construction two houses built for the company’s its electricity. www.thanhniennews.com

Officials have blamed poor quality of construction and failure to comply with design for the collapse of a dam wall in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. A 40-meter stretch of the Ia Krel 2’s wall was breached and the 4.5 million cubic meters of water inundated around 30 hectares (75 acres) of fields. In a bizarre turn, Le Vinh, director of the province Department of Construction, claimed he did not know about the dam’s existence until the breach. Investigations are underway into its legality after the company that built it, Bao Long,  failed to produce any documents. “The construction was done too carelessly,” Vinh also said at a meeting Thursday to review the breach. Poor construction had caused the breach, he said,  explaining that while  some portions had required concrete sheets the builder had used small rocks instead. Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung said  there is

Vietnamese Construction ministry outlines housing strategy houses for lease, and make it mandatory to invite competitive bids for all housing projects. Besides, there would be public debates on housing projects. Foreign organizations and individuals are likely to be allowed to invest in these projects

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The Ministry of Construction has proposed several measures to ensure 75 per cent of houses in the country are built of brick and mortar by 2020, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) newspaper reported. In Viet Nam, 20 per cent of urban families are in need of housing while around 7 million low-income earners want to buy or lease public housing. Besides, 1 million workers in industrial parks and 1.2 million students want to rent proper homes. This means that the country needs to add 60 million square metres of housing each year to ensure living space of 25 square metres per capita by 2020. To achieve these objectives, the ministry has proposed a number of measures related to every aspect of the housing industry. One of them is to create a legal framework to ensure transparency and sustainable development of the housing market. This would require tweaking the Land Law, Construction Law, Housing Law, and Real Estate Business Law. The Land Law and relevant decrees and decisions would be amended to simplify leasing and allotment of land for housing projects. The Housing Law would encourage the construction of apartments, social housing,

and also to buy and own housing. All housing-related transactions would have to go through banking channels to plug tax loopholes. The ministry has proposed that housing construction licenses for domestic organizations and individuals should be scrapped, while the licensing procedures for foreign developers should be simplified. It wants to improve financial and credit support for housing development. It plans to create a robust financial and legal framework to enable the establishment of a secondary mortgage market, and set up a housing development fund for people to upgrade their homes, and for social-housing developers. The ministry will also address technical aspects with clear regulations and standards

for construction design and incentives for developers who use modern technologies and build environmentally friendly houses. It plans to help low-income people and beneficiaries of Government policies acquire homes by getting banks to lend to them and supporting businesses and social organisations that build charity houses. The ministry plans to use public and other funds to build housing for workers and dormitories and upgrade old students’ dormitories. It will encourage companies to invest in students’ dormitories and houses for workers in industrial parks. The proposals have been submitted to the Government for approval. (VNS)

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Acel:

RP’s only association of heavy equipment lessors stays strong By Ed Velasco

Major construction projects, be it a building, a road, or a dam will be needing heavy equipment. Lito Garcia President of Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors , Inc. (ACEL)

Formerly, prior to the establishment of Association of Heavy Equipment Lessors builders constructing a project would have a hard time because heavy construction equipment used in construction and even hauling of materials were scarce. But two decades after World War 2, the Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors, Inc. (Acel) was born, thus providing the needs of contractors, mining firms and industrial sectors. Created for RP’s need to rise Acel was created when the country was in direst need of construction equipment and other technical resources that would facilitate the reconstruction of the devastated nation. Several contractors and equipment lessors gathered together to devise a plan through which the non-availability of construction equipment in construction activities in sectors such as power,

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It’s not cheap to have a complete fleet of heavy machinery. You will need qualified mechanics, a big yard plus the chance of having your fleet used most of the time

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irrigation, transport, commercial, housing and real estate developments could be addressed. Acel was formed when several contractors—H.R. Lopez, Inc., Monark International, Inc., Heights Construction, Inc., Alas Construction, Inc., Bormaheco, Inc., Pacific Equipment Corp., Dimson Manila, Inc., and Heavy Equipment Service Co., Inc.—sealed an agreement to set up the association. Following its organization, the group swung into action by looking for a practicable alternative to purchasing and owning expensive construction equipment. A year after its creation, the association marked its first year with the standardization of rental rates for heavy equipment and the issuance of the first Acel Equipment Rental Rates Guidebook on May 28, 1967. Since then, the association has forged ahead in the development of programs that seek to address the major problems in the industry through establishing partnerships with other key industry organizations.  

Coming up: Simulator training

The president of Acel, Lito Garcia, said the simulator mode training will be very helpful to operators who will start from zero knowledge in heavy equipment operation in consonance with existing Tesda training regulation and assessment.  “That is the problem for most operators because if they don’t know anything, no firm will hire them,” he said. The

simulator, added with the theoretical and actual machines, will help any operator to become competitive after a 200-hour extensive training. The simulator-apparatus will also give skills rating per module or competency in every heavy equipment. The equipment that can be learned to operate via the simulator platform include tower crane, mobile crane, forklift, backhoe loader, excavator, dozer, loader, grader, articulated dumper and rigid dumper. Actually, the entity that Garcia leads is not a company but a group composed of association of lessors of heavy equipment. Since its establishment in 1966, Acel has so far launched its Cebu and Davao chapters. The birth of its two chapters is an indication that the association of heavy equipment lessors is growing. Garcia

said their organization is nationwide because there is no other organization of heavy equipment lessors existing aside from them. “But if you ask me about buyers, production output, sales figures you have to ask our members, not Acel itself,” the president said. As of end-June 2013, Acel has around 140 members. If the members in their Cebu and Davao chapters will be added the number could be higher. However, the president said they have no up-to-date data that can tell their total memberships. What he can assure, according to the president, is their association can provide any heavy equipment for any project or contractor needs. He clarified that any heavy equipment that can be provided by Acel, not all heavy machinery that is present in the Philippines.

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The RoI (return of investments) varies depending on how often the lessor gets clients

--- Lito Garcia Based on the membership of the association, anyone can say that Acel is reaching its goals 47 years after it started with only eight people who established it. The biggest challenge for Acel at the moment is how to train people quickly to eliminate the very long wait for an operator to learn how to operate a heavy equipment.   He added that majority of accredited contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways need the service

of Acel members because only few of the thousands of accredited contractors own the necessary heavy equipment needed for projects. “It’s not cheap to have a complete fleet of heavy machinery. You will need qualified mechanics, a big yard plus the chance of having your fleet used most of the time,” the Acel president explained. There are a minimum of six pieces of heavy equipment a contractor would require to in order to build a project or bid for it. The six and the cost of each are bulldozer, P24 million; loader, P10 million; grader, P9 million; excavator, P7 million; vibratory compactor, P4 million; and dump truck, P4 million. A company planning to lease heavy equipment would need to have these machines on hand in order to serve their potential clients.

RoI varies

Given this equipment and their corresponding cost, any investor in the leasing of heavy equipment would need a minimum P58 million for all-brand

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new fleet of heavy equipment in order to have all the basic necessary equipment. “The RoI (return of investments) varies depending on how often the lessor gets clients,” Garcia said. So far, very few of Acel members have withdrawn their membership at the association, an indication that they enjoy being member of Acel because they can do business efficiently and profitably. Garcia said the goal of their association is to professionalize heavy equipment leasing and operations because bigger and bigger projects are being introduced in the country. Based on their website, the mission of Acel is “to contribute to the equipment industry by formulating and implement policies, advocacies and standards for the equipment sector by promoting business with integrity and world class development programs.” Its vision, on the other hand, is “to be a pillar and catalyst of growth of the equipment industry and the economy as a whole.”


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risk management

Avoiding Contract Disputes Litigation is time consuming, expensive and costs money to both owners and contractors. The best time to prepare avoiding contract disputes is before signing work contracts

The construction contract describes the extent of the contractor’s work responsibilities and compensation. It also clearly states what is expected of the owner and the contractor and defines the legal responsibilities, liabilities and warranties of both contractor and owner. It is without question the most critical document of the construction project. The contractor needs to carefully study the terms of the contract when bidding for a job since the contract describes the rules of the project entirety. It however does not necessarily predict the way the project will be managed. To avoid potential disputes during the bid stage the contractor should perform the following: 1. Perform the contractor’s pre-bid responsibilities, whether clearly sated or merely implied, in a proper and timely manner including site visits, material

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take-offs, and a thorough understanding of key requirements such as insurance and bonding. 2. Careful study of the construction contract’s proposed general terms and conditions and also to evaluate the risks imposed by the terms of the conditions. 3. Take necessary steps to clarify, modify or remove contract provisions that impose intolerable risks to the contractor.

Study Contract Terms and Conditions It is common that many contracts attempt to assign risks with a project from owners to prime contractors and prime contractors in turn to subcontractors. This is despite the fact that experience has shown that owners generally receive better value and have less problems through fair


contracting practice. However contractors need to be constantly aware that unfair contracts do exist and need to remain vigilant when preparing bids. Contractors need to study proposed contracts with the eye to the future and think through the project while reviewing the proposed contract. There are a number of generally fair contracts, including government contracts and some negotiated standard forms used by established trade organizations, but the contractor still need to be wary since other contracts could be dangerous if accepted as written. Contract analysis, modifications and changes are to occur before the contract is executed otherwise it would impossible or difficult afterwards. Exculpatory clauses require special attention. Many contractors accept these clauses without sufficient scrutiny in order to get the job. During contract review the contractor needs to be careful of the following: 1. Examine for ‘no-damages-for-delay’ clause. Time is money and a contractor signing a contract with a ‘no-damagesfor-delay’ clause could lose money should there be a delay. 2. Check for ‘design liability’ clause that transfers responsibility to the contractor in cases of design insufficiency. Be careful if the contract asks the contractor’s agreement that the design is sufficient. Is the contractor able to determine if the design is sufficient? What are the contractor’s responsibilities or other consequences should the design be faulty or deficient? 3. Will others be authorized to change, revise or disrupt the contractor’s work schedule? The original estimate would be meaningless once the contractor loses control of the project. 4. Are guarantees required of the contractor for things that cannot be priced or insured against and beyond contractor’s control? Things like soil conditions and weather, or supply of items not indicated in the drawings, or cooperation of third parties. What are the possible consequences if the contractor should agree to such conditions? 5. The contractor should determine if

there is a workable means of recovering monies for extra work and for extension of contract time. What happens when unexpected circumstances occur? How will the contractor be covered? In addition to the above issues the contractor should meticulously read the contract word for word to consider carefully its meaning and what it requires. Do not leave entirely everything to lawyers for though they know the law technical people also have a better perspective of project requirements.. Engineers, estimators and managers are able to read and understand contracts and they also must read the same in order to protect company interests. Contracts that contains terms that are unfair, onerous, or impossible could risk profitability or even damage the company.

Bidding for Private Contracts Private contract language is by its very nature negotiable. Questionable contract provisions or requests for proposal that are not acceptable, the contractor in general could qualify the bid as the best possible action. This is possible in a number of circumstances. If the questionable or unfair provisions are in a small number of clauses the contractor’s offer could exempt these clause or propose modifications. But in cases where the contract is unfair throughout and correction will not be possible or productive a different course of action is necessary. A possible alternative is to take exception to the contract as a whole and propose a recognized standard contract form like that of the American Institute of Architects form. Another alternative is for the contractor to indicate in the bid portions of the owner’s proposed contract provisions that are not acceptable and quote a price that is “subject to execution of a mutually agreed contract.” This approach will allow the contractor to avoid the effort in revising the terms of the contract until the owner shows a definite interest in the proposal. Also in this manner there is less possibility of causing offense to the owner.

it is expected that the owner will offer counter proposals. Naturally expect that negotiated terms will affect profitability in a large measure.

Bidding for Public Contracts Owners of private projects are at liberty to revise or change the terms of the contract prior to bidding. Public contracts are different in the sense that the law prevents accepting bid proposals that would alter the language of the contract after the bid. In cases where the contractor faces harsh terms or unfair conditions the contractors options are limited. The following actions could be considered: 1. Pre-bid questions for clarification can be submitted by the contractor to clear up possible confusion. Questions that ask “what if” can be useful in such cases. 2. The contractor should immediately protest clauses that are deemed harsh or unfamiliar in cases where a government agency requests for tenders with contracts that have such clauses. 3. When contract language imposes a risk in the contract language the contractor should consider if contingency or insurance are able to cover such risks. 4. Should the liabilities required by the contract cannot be covered by the contractor then it is only prudent not to bid for the contract. It is often the belief of many contractors that unfair or harsh conditions in a contract language will not be enforce or cannot be applied at some “reasonable” point. Owners have the choice to ignore unfair or harsh provisions but not necessarily. Harsh or unfair contract provision maybe overturned in court but to assume a favorable outcome is a delusion. No matter who wins, court litigation is expensive to both contractor and owner and should be avoided whenever possible. Hence the contractor should always presume that contracts mean what it says. Source: Based on an article by Interface Consulting

When the contractor offers any form of revision or qualification to contract terms

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contractor’s Profile

The Medical City Auditorium

‘Soundproofing’, a growing need Since 1986 Basicmac has been serving thousands of clients By Ed Velasco

We’re like tailors. We “implement the designs of

Acoustic Designers to fit the acoustic requirements of our clients’ rooms, home theatres, auditoriums, TV studios, cinemas, cathedrals

---Jose Aguado Jr.

Do you feel annoyed when you can still hear outside noise while you’re inside an enclosed room? Do you want sound coming from a hundred meters away to sound like it’s only a meter away? Do you need to raise your voice so your companion can understand what you are saying in a restaurant, in your condo, or in your home? Do you understand what the Priest or Pastor is saying inside your church?

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f these are your scenarios, you definitely need the products & services of Basicmac; a long established Architectural Acoustic Contractor. They work closely with “Acoustic Designers” to supply the proper types of Acoustic Treatment of their Projects. “We’re like tailors. We implement the designs of Acoustic Designers to fit the acoustic requirements of our clients’ rooms, home theatres, auditoriums, TV studios, cinemas, cathedrals,” according to Jose Aguado Jr., president of Basic Machinery

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and Acoustic Corp., a pioneer in the sound proofing business since 1986. Basicmac’s specialty is sound conditioning of any enclosed space that requires a clear, crisp and intelligible audio sound. The firm decides in three simple steps if an area requires acoustical treatment: First they determine the NC or noise criteria of the room (how noisy it is); Second they determine the RT or reverberation (echo) time of the room; and Third they use top of the line computer software to determine the acoustical materials that are required to


the owners’ requirements in terms of “Form and Function” first hand.    At present, Basicmac has 15 fulltime personnel at their main office in Makati and more than 75 supervisors & installers working to complete various major high-end projects. Among these are: the University of Sto. Tomas Gym, SM Aura Dome & Chapel in Global City, Century Mall Cinemas, SM Arena at the Mall of Asia and the International School Music room also at Global City. According to the company president, their business is quite unique as they are the only company that fabricates specially designed acoustical materials to custom-fit each particular project. Basic uses Sorba Acoustic Wall & Ceiling Panels, Acoustic Clouds, Perforated Metal and Wood panels and many others acoustical materials that come in various forms, sizes, shapes and colors.  

Price tag varies

accomplish the desired treatment. Using these three simple steps, Aguado said his firm, in coordination with the Acoustic Designer, is able to determine how much a project will cost. He admitted that sound conditioning could be pricey as 75 percent of materials and equipment are imported from abroad.

“These Acoustic materials are either made of wood, polyester, fabric, foam, metal or vinyl because no two places that need to be soundproofed require the same materials,” the President explained further. Pricing a particular project will depend on the area, the materials to be used and the length of time required. Basicmac’s three main criteria before starting any project are they

These Acoustic materials are either made of wood, polyester, fabric, foam, metal or vinyl because no two places that need to be soundproofed require the same materials

---Jose Aguado Jr.

must have the right design, the right concept and the right materials required for client approval. Project duration also varies, according to the President. A small home theater usually takes a week. A church project may take

Clients are boss

“After receiving a design from the Acoustic Designers, we define the scope of work and submit our bid estimates to the client. Upon agreement, we then start the job,” the company President explained to Philippine Construction and Design in an exclusive interview. During the month of August 2013 alone, Basicmac is working on several Major jobs for various clients all over the Philippines. Aguado said their scope is now nationwide… they have numerous projects all over the country, their main clients being cinemas, studios, churches, auditoriums, cathedrals, multi-purpose gyms and even private home theatres. Aguado said they couldn’t determine the total number of projects since they started operating in 1986. Market share, according to Aguado, is hard to determine because there are other firms in the same line of business. Aguado also added that, as much as possible, they prefer to deal with the owner of the project directly, in order to understand

Jose Aguado Jr., president of Basic Machinery

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about eight weeks. And major projects like the SM Arena as long as six months.      According to Jose Paulo Aguado, Basic Mac VP, the acoustical materials control the travel of sound within the area where the acoustical treatments are installed. “Generally speaking, if the area is made of hard surfaces like concrete, glass, or gypsum board, more Acoustic Panels will be needed.” “Carpet, depending on type and thickness, also helps greatly in sound-conditioning,” the younger Aguado, explained. Once an area is acoustically treated Basicmac guarantees, with test figures, that the sound, whether coming from outside or from the sound system, will be so much better.  “For example, if you live in a condo and usually hear your neighbor from the upper floor screeching on his karaoke, we can bring that sound to the point that it will no

Architectural acoustics is fast becoming as necessary as air conditioning and that’s why I believe we’re on the right track

---Jose Aguado Jr.

longer bother you while you sleep,” Jose Paulo added. Yes, they can even quiet down the noise inside a hard surfaced Condo unit, regardless of size. If you have a Home Theater in your Condo unit, then you surely need Basicmac’s expertise in order to improve sound quality of your system. Recently, Basicmac has ventured into other dimensions of soundproofing. This time, Basicmac arrests not only irritating sound but also structure borne or shaking noise/sound if there is a Genset or any rotating equipment nearby. Using a so-called “concrete floating floor” installed below any rotating equipment, the vibration of the floor is controlled, thus solving the problem of structure borne noise in a Condominium or Office Building. Aguado happily told us that his firm has learned and grown since starting nearly three decades ago, in 1986. “Although”, Aguado admitted, “soundproofing was not my original business but trading”. However, in 1986, he felt that trading business was not so promising, and that’s when the idea of supplying Architectural Acoustics & Noise

Control products to improve sound quality and minimizing irritating sound from inside & outside dawned on him.

Ultra, FAT first 2 clients

Aguado got his first soundproofing job when he pitched his idea to the University of Life Training and Recreational Arena (Ultra) owners. The owner of Ultra agreed to his proposal and gave Basicmac the job and started the ball rolling even if, still unsure of the future, Aguado told himself that there was still the trading business he could fall back on. But after Ultra, then came Folk Arts Theater as his second client and many more followed after that. “Those were my first two clients,” Aguado mused. “Had I failed then, the capital I invested in them could have gone with the wind.” But now, 27 years and hundreds of clients later, Basicmac is here to stay. Despite the success of the company, the firm’s President says that they continue to face many and more complex challenges from acoustic designers and from a market expanding at the speed of light. Not to mention, a growing number of competitors as well. “Our big advantage is in our after-sales service,” according to Aguado, “We return and continue to service customers in case of complaints, free of charge, even after the project has long been completed. Aguado said they are probably the only soundproofing firm that first looks at the

architectural design of the structure before accepting a project. “We will do it if we can fix it the proper way otherwise we won’t touch it. That’s our guiding principle,” he said.

Wrong design, no soundproofing

Aguado emphasized that their firm doesn’t undertake the soundproofing if they see in the architectural design that there is an inherent design problem. If they find problems in the architectural design that would make sound proofing impossible, they immediately inform the client of the problem so they are aware of it. According to Aguado, the number of clients who would prefer that their places be soundproofed is growing by leaps and bounds that’s why he predicts that those in this business will continue to thrive. In short, if you have sound transmission problems thru the floor, wall, ceiling, windows & doors, just calls us. And if you are experiencing a lot of noise in your room, condo or restaurant, call us. If you experience poor sound quality and poor speech intelligibility, in your auditorium, gym, home theater, office or the like, call us at 811 1572-73 or email at info@ basicmac.com “Architectural acoustics is fast becoming as necessary as air conditioning and that’s why I believe we’re on the right track,” he said.     

L-R: Francis Aguado, acoustic consultant and designer, Jose Paulo Aguado, vice president of Basic Machinery and Jose Aguado Jr. (seated), president of Basic Machinery.

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SUPPLIER’S PROFILE

Risk taking pays off for Concord Metals

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Research and Development puts the firm on top By Ed Velasco Brass-Ball-Valve-Male-NPT-wTail-Piece-Lock

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f there are words that best describe Concord Metals Inc.’s climb to the top of water pipes’ fittings business it’s none other than risk taking. Since Jimmy Federico took over the general manager post 12 years ago, the firm has been working on overtime, always operating more than the eight to 10 hour business hours a day. “Every day we have to work overtime,” Federico told Philippine Construction and Design in an exclusive interview, “just to keep up with demand.” Concord Metals is now one of the biggest cast iron, fittings and water valves suppliers-sellers in the country.

Brass-AngleMeter-Valve

According to the general manager, one of the first things he did when he took over the top post was produce supplies for stock pile even though orders had yet to be made, risking the possibility of unsold materials.” “Producing in advance of orders for stock pile made the difference in that it gave us the edge to be a leading supplier to all provincial and water districts in the country,” according to Mr. Federico, “Having quality supplies available and ready for delivery allowed us to supply the demands of all provincial and local water districts nationwide immediately.

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Our customers were delighted and gave us the orders.” The policy of having supplies in stock pile manufactured in advance made customer not only happy but also created trust that Concord Metals as a dependable supplier for any water needs hardware. The strategy eliminated the problem of letting their clients wait for their orders and enabled water districts to also provide potable water faster to the public. Federico makes sure that the trust is maintained, even foregoing potential growth if such growth endangered trust.


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Sales

In just over few years sales income of the firm continuously rise , thanks to Federico’s strategy of calculated risk. It also enabled the company to grow to become one of the leading suppliers to the water industry and now one of the biggest manufacturing company in the country. According to Mr. Federico, there are few major competitors in the business of supplying pipes and valves to water authorities and water districts. Concord Metals Inc is now considered as one of the leading supplier companies that can provide the needs of any water utility corporation.

Producing in advance “ of orders for stock pile

made the difference in that it gave us the edge to be a leading supplier to all provincial and water districts in the country

--- Mr. Federico Another strategy that contributed to the company’s rapid growth is the frequent attending of exhibits to see new products that are not yet available in the Philippines. He said he doesn’t stop from looking at other markets so that he is abreast of the latest water fixtures in more developed countries. “I always seek for business opportunities. My main interest is to look for new products and ideas,” he said. This

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philosophy enabled his firm to fabricate 59 assorted fittings, valves and cast irons, even including a whole fire hydrant. The firm’s most popular product in great demand by water districts are plastic pipes, GI, cast iron and brass as these are the most common materials used in laying pipes for water connection.

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Production

Since he took over the managerial post, the firm is now producing more of assorted water pipe fittings needs per year. Despite the increase in production, the number of employees at Concord Metals remains lean and mean. Currently the firm has only less than 100 personnel in its payroll, majority of whom are involved in the factory. Key executives of the firm aside from the general manager Mr. Jimmy Federico and the assistant manager Mr. Ruben Tan, are Sales manager Benjamin Dela Cruz, Finance manager Jacqueline Palaganas, Account personel Mirasol Ibanez, Gina Lopez, Maria Darlin Agraviador and Cris Nañaga and also Account executive Edison Norman The general manager added that being a firm with specific target market, it was easier for them to bring the firm to grow to be among the leading companies in the field. “We can supply every water district or provincial water authority all water project needs in terms of pipes and valves they might need because we specialize,” Mr. Federico added. Aside from producing water pipes needs, the firm also supplies through various stores that also sell cast irons, fittings and valves.

Started Marcos time

When asked how their firm started, Federico said it was in the mid-70s when then president Ferdinand Marcos ordered the massive installation of water supply in the provinces. Based on research, only 40 of the Philippines’ over 60 provinces in the 70s had potable water supply. The Federico family saw the opportunity to supply the government with needed pipes, valves, etc. and established Concord Metals Inc. The name ‘Concord’ was derived from Air France’s Concord jets which were popular due to their supersonic speed. It was their goal to be able to supply water connections fast. Though not supersonic the goal was similar, to deliver quickly. “The adoption of that name was probably the biggest legacy of my brother who was manager at that time,” Federico

said in jest. It was also during those years that they felt the potential of the company to grow. This potential enabled original investors of Concord Metals – his father and uncle – to acquire fast returns of their original investment of P 20 million. When asked about the hardships and challenges, Federico said it’s almost the same with any other business: “Waiting for the payment of accounts receivables.”

No diversification

Despite the problems in the business where they concentrate, Federico said he has no plans to diversify to any business as he knows the business in this field. “Transferring to another business requires a new study of the market while here are still many opportunities with lots of potential. All you need to do is perform your job to the best of your ability,” said Federico. He added that despite their success in the business, he will never stop looking for new products as there will always be new technology that will come out in water installation business as years pass by. Federico’s vision is continuous growth and profitability. “And we cannot do that if we stop from learning of new models when I go out of the country,” he explained further.

Transferring to another business requires a new study of the market while here are still many opportunities with lots of potential. All you need to do is perform your job to the best of your ability

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Romeo Momo “

Perform your best and do your projects on time the mantra of the current DPWH Underscretary

By Ed Velasco Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Romeo Momo says that “Since day one when I started working with DPWH I had one priority that has never waned —completing project works schedule to the best of his ability, no more, no less. And I thank God for giving me the wisdom and energy to perform my job.”   Momo has been at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for over 35 years. He has served six presidents, over a dozen secretaries and completed over 5,000 various projects valued in billions all over the Philippines. Undeniably, no one can dispute that Undersecretary for Regional Operations Romeo Momo knows his job like the back of his hand. Finishing projects on time is his daily credo, staple and task rolled into one. His long service has never been tarnished by any criminal suit at any court. “My biggest challenge and regular

My biggest “challenge and

regular difficulty encountered in my job is the intervention of politicians, especially in the provinces

---Romeo Momo

Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo difficulty encountered in my job is the intervention of politicians, especially in the provinces,” said Momo in an exclusive interview with Philippine Construction and Design. After he joined the DPWH in 1978 as engineering aide 1, Momo experienced opposition to several projects by politicians who were against the projects. He said although no quarrels occurred during clash of ideas, it was very evident that the politicians who were against the projects had axes to grind. Fortunately after discussions the projects were able to proceed and were not even delayed.   Politicians main concern   “There are instances that your priorities don’t match with those of LGU (Local Government Unit) officials. That will take toll on the project. I don’t want delays hence the need for lengthy explanations,” he said. The eradication of delays in project completion is another feather in this official’s cap. Since he became undersecretary in 2007, Momo has sent a marching order to all the 5,300 accredited contractors of DPWH that those with delay in project completion will not be allowed to join in the succeeding bidding.“The funds are there because we have plenty of funding agencies. Why there is a need for the people to suffer from project delays?” he asked. After he became undersecretary almost six years ago, the maximum 15 percent negative slippage from project completion was strictly enforced, causing all the contractors to do their best to complete on schedule any project awarded to them. So

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far, very few contractors have been remiss of their duty because of this strict policy. “I always make a point that the project is on time that’s why alongside the negative slippage, we implemented the ‘Catch Up’ program to avoid criticisms that we are becoming overly harsh to contractors.” The ‘Catch Up’ program enables’s any contractor to make up so that the violation from slippage rule will be paid. The catch up program enables contractors to make up if the contractor will be able to finish the next project phase faster than the prescribed period. After the ‘slippage rule’ was imposed, very few contractors have been penalized by not allowing joining in the next bidding.                 No sermon from bosses  Momo considers the finishing of projects on time as one of his major achievements while serving the people. “That is an achievement and reward in one because I never have been castigated by any secretary I served or even by any president,” he said. In most extreme cases, Momo admitted that they allow the 15 percent negative slippage to be worn out because of force majeure (forces of nature) reasons or Right-Of-Way (ROW) controversies. “The fixing of ROW is time consuming. For this reason, we learn to be lenient,” he added. Momo admitted that 20 percent-25 percent of projects all over the country are being delayed due to ROW problems. Solving ROW problems is slow and painstaking as negotiators need to deal with illegal settlers, big land owners, private establishments and even rebels.  Another reason for allowing


I just want to be “remembered as a

simple government employee who did his best in all the jobs assigned to him

---Romeo Momo

the ‘slippage rule’ violation is the unstable peace and order situation in many provinces. He said there are several contractors in Mindanao that have decided not to push through with the projects if any of their equipment have been burned for nonpayment of revolutionary taxes. Recently, at least four heavy equipment of a known contractor were burned by rebels in Dalton Pass in Nueva Vizcaya. Burned were brand new mixer, dump truck and backhoe. “A brand new mixer is worth P3.5 million, so you can compute how much this contractor lost,” Momo explained.                     

wasted. It all went to rightful beneficiaries— the people.” Though it is normal for executives in the corporate world, especially those with the top 500 corporations, to travel around the world with family shortly after retirement, a week or two stay in his hometown to feel the breeze of the sea around Surigao del Sur is all he can afford. But he is content. More left undone He considers that finishing projects on time as his best achievement both in DPWH and as an engineer. However, Momo says there is more left undone, and he is ready for new challenges. “Only now the work setup is different as I only oversee projects, not directly manage them anymore. I will just leave it to my younger colleagues in the field. But the no-no on delays will always be

the mantra wherever I go,” he said. A look at his resume proves that Momo’s quality of work speaks of professional experience. He finished Civil Engineering from the University of Mindanao and has attended many prestigious international seminars and studies. He is one of the very few Filipino members of Road Engineering Association of Asia and Austrasia and the American Society of Civil Engineers. His long service at the DPWH made him a jetsetter as he has been in the US, Korea, Japan and Taiwan to attend seminars and study grants. Despite his record Romeo Momo has no impossible wish that he wants to happen when he retires five years from now. “I just want to be remembered as a simple government employee who did his best in all the jobs assigned to him,” says Momo.

Psychic fulfillment   Momo describes his long stint at the department as “psychic fulfillment” since he was given the opportunity to take part in nation building, especially today that the Philippines badly needs more infrastructure projects. Momo as Undersecretary for Regional Operations oversees the projects of 16 regional offices and 180 district offices. This requires 60-year-old Momo to be Sto. Tomas Tall Dike, Sto. Tomas Minalin, Pampanga always on the go, literally, as he needs to be in any province anytime of the week where an important project is under construction or needs immediate attention. There are instances that Momo might take breakfast in Aurora to inspect a bridge project and then need fly at noon to inaugurate a road in Zamboanga City. His “hand’s on” management style on projects all over the Philippines enables him to know early of problems that could affect the completion of the project on time. Momo says that working for government is pure public service inasmuch as the perks, salary and even benefits upon retirement pale in comparison with those in the corporate world. “Of the 5,000 projects that were completed under my watch worth over P200 billion, not a single centavo was Agas-Agas Bridge, Southern Leyte

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SEDNA AIRE uses the Solar Absorption System to achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption. With the use of Solar Absorption System, Sedna Aire is designed to carry full air-conditioning load especially during sunny periods. It utilizes Solar Vacuum Tube Collectors in absorbing heat energy from the sun which is in turn used to displace electricity used in the cooling process. Although it still requires electricity to pump the refrigerant, the amount of power used is minimal compared to that consumed by a compressor in a conventional electric air-conditioner. Sedna Aire, being a low electricity consuming air-conditioning unit, significantly reduces the harmful carbon (CO2) emission, a major cause of global climate change. It also uses the most ozone friendly refrigerant of today, R410, the refrigerant that will replace the most commonly used R22 of conventional aircon units by the year 2010. Our product is CE, UL, CSA, NATL/C certified and duly exempted by DOE to PNS 395-1:1995, obtaining the highest EER of 26. Savings, as spelled by this product, helps us realize a return on investment in 3 years or less, a benefit no other brands can provide.

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Ditch Witch 2450GR Ground Penetrating Radar

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The 2450GR Ground Penetrating Radar system uses radar pulses to image the subsurface and detect both metallic and non-metallic pipes and cables. • Dual-frequency, earth-engaged antenna simultaneously sweeps in two frequencies at depths of up to 19 ft., allowing for onepass locates • 5.6-mph survey speed and digitally controlled radar enable fast, clear images and accurate surveys Push or pull across rock, soil, pavements and other materials using the rugged, fourwheel cart with 14-in. wheels. DITCH WITCH - THE CHARLES MACHINE WORKS

Rislone Fuel Injector Cleaner with Upper Cylinder Lubricant

Dipstick Recognized Worldwide as the Instrment of Record for Accurate and Repeatable Flatness/Levelness Measurements

Additive lubricates the fuel pump, injectors and upper cylinder to reduce the friction and wear that cause noise

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Rislone Fuel Injector Cleaner with Upper Cylinder Lubricant (UCL) from Bar’s Products combines a unique blend of additives to clean and lubricate the entire fuel system and protect the engine. It is designed to reduce carbon build-up, clean fuel injectors to improve fuel economy and eliminate hesitation and pinging/ spark knock. UCL creates a lubricating film that helps prevent carbon from sticking so it can be burned off. The additive can be used with all gasoline, ultra-low-sulfur diesel, E-85 ethanol, oxygenated and bio fuels. It is available in a single-use 6-oz. bottle, 32-oz. bottle, 5-gal. pail and 55-gal. drum. BAR’S PRODUCTS INC.

It’s been more than 30 years since the invention of the Dipstick® by a team of Face® Companies engineers and developers and its introduction at the 1982 World of Concrete. Ever since, the Dipstick has been the gold standard for the measurement of concrete floor and pavement profiles. The Dipstick has by far the highest performance of any profiler. But it also has by far the lowest overall cost of ownership, because (unlike other profilers) only Dipstick does not require frequent, expensive and inconvenient recalibration. The best performance and the lowest cost are two reasons that Dipstick is used and specified in 63 countries by clients including the world’s biggest company and retailer, the World Bank, the World Road Association... and it was selected for the construction of the world’s tallest building. Dipstick measures Face Floor Profile Numbers (“F-Numbers”... FF, FL and Fmin); TR-34 Free Movement (FM); TR-34 Defined Movement (DM); Gap under Sliding Unleveled Straightedge; Gap under Rolling Straightedge; DIN 18202; Joint Profiles; Joint Movement under Load; Thickness of Toppings, Fills and Coatings; Construction Forms; International Roughness Index (IRI); AASHTO R 41; Rut Depth; Slab Upheaval, etc., and instantly produces reports, graphs, line surveys and 3D surface studies.

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VX-3 Zero Tailswing Compact Excavators The VX-3 series includes nine models with operating weights from 2,100 to 18,100 lbs. and bucket breakout forces from 2,360 to 14,730 lbs. Digging depths range from 5 ft. 2 in. to 15 ft. 1 in. The newly designed operator space includes all auxiliary hydraulics (and an optional 3rd line) located on the joystick. Engines are compliant with Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIA emissions regulations, and conform to EU low noise regulations. Standard Tough Track from Bridgestone is featured on the undercarriage. Other features (depending on model) include expandable tracks, variable-displacement piston pumps and standard backfill blades. IHI/COMPACT EXCAVATOR SALES

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Polymax Large DUNE Speed Ramp

The Polymax Large Dune Speed Bump system is designed to slow vehicles down to 10 mph in speed sensitive areas. Designed for permanent applications it can be moved at a later date unlike the traditional tarmac sleeping policeman. The Polymax speed ramps are made out of SBR rubber that is more durable and long lasting than plastic speed bump equivalents, with chevron reflectors for visibility at night. They are designed to be used to reduce traffic speeds on roads and car parks. For a more economical Dune Speed Bumps that are designed to allow only 15mph please see (Polymax Dune 15mph ramp). There are two types of fixing bolts available one for concrete and the rubber nut type for tarmac, details shown below. India Polymax Origin: India

Fire Fighting Equipments

Ganpati Electricals (P) Ltd. offers a wide range of fire fighting equipments and fire extinguisher holders. Fire is the result of a chemical combustion reaction, typically a reaction between atmospheric oxygen and fuel like wood, gasoline etc. after the latter has reached its ignition temperature. In other words there are three essential elements namely oxygen, fuel and extreme heat involved in this process. Fire extinguishers are designed to remove at least one of these three elements so that the fire will die out. Ganpati Electricals (P) Ltd. Origin: India

Swimming Pool Sand Filter

Horizontal Fiberglass Sand Filter is constructed by the latest Engineering Technology. The improvement of flow ability provides an Ultra-pure water filtration. It is manufactured in a combined method of “bobbin winding” laminated”. A special Gel Coat smooth finished with strong winding has extra strength and resistance to chemical and corrosives, which is the most recommendable equipment for the application of commercial pools, diving pools, water park and industrial water treatment. Features: 100% factory test according to NSF50 standard and global standard. Man-hole in front for easy access and smaller footprint. 3”,4”,6”,8”Flanged connection. Materials used are dependable and are suitable for all-weather performance. UV resistance surface allows the filter to work under direct sunlight. 5-10 years life-time. Water Care Technology Origin: India

Ready Mixed Concrete Sika Corp and Fritz-Pak offer market leading products to simplify and improve Ready Mixed Concrete Production, better quality control, and reduced concrete placing costs for the Concrete Contractor. The innovative Fritz Pak Rescue Pak offers simple solutions to difficult concrete problems, including slump control, job site water addition, and out of specification air entrainment. The resolution of these issues is handled economically, with Fritz-Pak Slump Buster, Supercizer, Air Plus, and Air Minus. Sika Corp is the leader and innovator in

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Prominent & Leading Supplier and Manufacturer from Mumbai, we offer Epoxy Floor Coating such as Epoxy Primer, Epoxy Coating, Water Based Epoxy Self Level Flooring, Solvent Free Epoxy Self Level Flooring and Hygienic Wall Coating For Interior Walls. Our range of comprehensive Epoxy Flooring Coating for Pharmaceuticals unit, work shops, Car Showroom within an affordable price without compromising any quality. These are available as per the customer requirements. These are available in various colors and designs. S. M. Adhesivies Source: India

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EPOXY COATINGS

concrete admixtures used in the production of Self Compacting Concrete. The ability to produce self leveling concrete reduces placement costs, improves durability, and concrete performance.


Flexible Machine Guidance and Control Systems for your entire Fleet

GAM-0200 Lightweight Air Meter Kit-Roller Meter Type (Aluminum)

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Trimble 3D Machine Control Systems are the most versatile grading technologies available can be used on a wide range of machine types including: Excavators, Dozers, Motor graders, Compactors, Milling machines, Trimmers, Pavers and more. By putting design surfaces, grades and alignments inside the cab, the system gives operators unprecedented control over grading, excavating, compaction and paving applications Significantly reducing material overages and dramatically improving productivity and profitability. The 3D systems can be operated in manual or auto mode and leverage a range of components that are fully portable and can be easily moved from machine to machine.

EMPIRE SUN Split Type Solar Water Heating System provides versatility in installation because the solar thermal collectors can be installed separately from the storage tank. It can be designed to suit the volume requirement of clients and can use pressurized or non-pressurized stainless steel tank. This is applicable for industrial, commercial and residential application. EMPIRE SUN Split Type Solar Water Heater is another quality product of Edward Marcs Philippines Inc.

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The lightweight air (roller) meter simply and accurately measures the air content of fresh mixed concrete, utilizing all types of aggregate. The meter is constructed from aircraft grade cast aluminum and is black anodized to resist corrosion from concrete mixtures. The kit comes complete with the meter, stainless steel fast acting clamps, tamping rod, syringe, baffle funnel assembly, straightedge, spanner wrench, measuring cup, and heavy duty plastic carrying case. The meter is made in the USA and meets ASTM C173 and AASHTO T196. Meyers Associates

than the damaged surface area and leaving a clean flat edge on the bottom of the hole. The machine cuts to a depth sufficient to remove the under-surface foundations allowing for repairs. Speedcraft’s Limited’s Pothole Repairing Machine is not only used to cut out the pothole, but also to refilling and vibrating the new road surface to give a long-lasting finish. Less than 1 kg. of pressure positions the boom anywhere within a 100 square meter working area with a vertical range of 1525 mm. above to 610 mm. below pavement level. Speedcraft Origin: India

Speedcraft Pothole Repairing Machine

Pothole Repairing Machine is capable of operating at speed, cutting a circular hole larger

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PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY

SUBMERSIBLE PUMP, FLEXIBLE SHAFT DRIVEN Pump

Rite Hite, Revolution Fan, HVLS (High Volume Low speed) Move the most air over the largest area at the lowest cost Benefits. Improve worker productivity, Year round comfort for employees & factory workers, Energy savings, Cools down warehouses to protect product during storage Please visit our Website: http://www.ritehitefans. com, Exclusively sold by Basic Machinery & Acoustics Corporation at Suite 103, TWG, Makati Cinema Square, TWG, Chino Roces Ave. Tel. 811 1572 – 73, Fax. 811 1652 Email: info@basicmac.com

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Komatsu Wheel Excavators Excavators that have wheels for an undercarriage while the more popular type is a crawler excavator. Wheel excavators excel in mobility, as they are capable of moving from one jobsite to another on their own. During the work they use an outrigger or a front blade to ensure machine stability. • Available models may vary by region or country. Please contact your local distributor forr the most suitable specifications in your area. • Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Komatsu Origin: Japan

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The submersible pump head is driven from a petrol or diesel engine via a reliable flexible drive shaft. So you can have the advantages of a submersible pump with up to 4kw of power giving high flow rates for fast pumping. Submersible Pump powered by your flexible shaft drive unit there’s no better way to drain footings before the concrete goes in. SUBMERSIBLE PUMP, FLEXIBLE SHAFT DRIVEN Pump The submersible pump head is driven from a petrol or diesel engine via a reliable flexible drive shaft. So you can have the advantages of a submersible pump with up to 4kw of power giving high flow rates for fast pumping. Submersible Pump powered by your  flexible shaft drive unit there’s no better way to drain footings before the concrete goes in. A top quality flexible drive shaft manufactured by Fairport’s own Flexible drive and Tool division transmits the engine power down to pump. The simplicity of this system delivers excellent, trouble free reliability making it perfect for the toughest site conditions. Your Fairport, Belle, or Dynapac poker drive unit gets a complete new application with a flexible shaft submersible pump. The advantages of a submersible without being electric No motor, extremely low maintenance TFE 2” or 3” Output, accepts standard hoses No priming, No sparks, No smell Reliable, the pumps can left running unattended for extended periods


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Komatsu’s D61-23 crawler dozer has a Komatsu Tier 4-Interim SAA6D107E-2 engine that provides the same horsepower as its predecessor, while lowering fuel consumption by up to 10 percent, the company says. Two gearshift modes also give dozer operators many speed settings to tailor their speed to the job The engine provides 168 net horsepower at 2,200 rpm and uses Komatsu’s Tier 4-Interim engine platform with an advanced electronic control system to manage airflow rate, fuel

injection, combustion parameters, and aftertreatment functions. KOMATSU D61-23 CRAWLER DOZER SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Komatsu SAA6D107E-2 T4-I Net horsepower: 168 at 2,200 rpm Operating weight: 39,099 to 41,138 pounds, depending on configuration Longer track-on-ground standard (EX) and low groundpressure (PX) models are available for owners needing flotation and weight distribution options to match particular applications. Operating weights range from 39,099 pounds to 41,138 pounds, depending on configuration. Design-wise, Komatsu has gone to a steeply sloped engine hood and forward cab for more operator space, and moved them closer to the blade.  A newly designed blade has standard adjustable pitch and a new hydraulic blade angle toggle. New proprietary engine and hydrostatic transmission pump control technology improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, the company says: 10 percent in “P” mode and 20 percent in “E” mode. Komatsu Care complimentary scheduled maintenance is also standard on all D61-23 crawler dozers for 3 years or 2,000 hours, whichever comes first. A full guarding package, hydraulic winch, and other attachments are available to customize dozers for land clearing, forestry and other specialized site work.

Caterpillar ASPHALT PAVING EQUIPMENT Caterpillar offers a broad range of Cat® asphalt pavers that compete in the rubber tire, steel track and rubber belted markets. High horsepower and excellent mobility help operators place the mat where they want it. All models are equipped with independent feeder systems designed to reduce segregation and handwork. The ventilation system draws fumes away from the conveyor tunnel as well as the auger chamber and redirects them away from the operator for a more comfortable working environment. Electronic self-diagnostics on the propel and feeder systems maximize maintenance efficiency and reduce machine downtime. Cat screeds feature hydraulic variable-width adjustment and electrically heated screed plates. They are available in rearextender and front-extender models. Caterpillar USA

3800 CR Asphalt Recycler The 3800 CR is able to cold-in-place recycle a full lane of pavement in one pass The 3800 CR offers the ability to cold-in-place recycle a full lane of pavement in one pass, stabilizing with foamed asphalt “green mix” or any other stabilizing medium. With a conveyor mounted, it will also serve as a full-lane cold mill. The unit uses a full-lane, 12-ft.-6-in.-wide drum and a screed width to match. In recycle mode, it can achieve a recycling depth of up to 6 in. In cold milling mode, it will mill to 13.75 in. deep in the upcut mode, or can operate in upcut or downcut mode after alteration. An integral gradation beam positioned in front of the cutter is held under hydraulic pressure on the pavement surface to avoid “chunking” of asphalt into recycled mix. WIRTGEN AMERICA

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CATERPILLAR 994H WHEEL LOADER WITH FOUR LINKAGE CONFIGURATIONS Cat 994H wheel loader has four loader linkage configurations that allow users to tailor the machine to various mining applications. It has a 1,463-horsepower Cat 3516B HD engine, operating weight of 431,000 pounds, and dump clearances from 19.2 feet to 23.3 feet. Bucket capacities range from 19.5 to 47 cubic yards. Lift configurations include standard, high lift, extended high lift, and

super high lift. Cat planetary powershift transmission is specifically designed for mining applications, and an integral Impeller Clutch Torque Converter and Rimpull Control System allow the operator to precisely adjust power at the wheel by modulating rimpull from 100 to 25 percent. Positive Flow Control hydraulic system uses four electronically controlled, variable-displacement pumps that deliver up to 38 gpm at a main relief pressure of 4,750 psi. The unit has a rearvision camera system as standard, with a radar-based object-detection system

also available. The Vital Information Management System assesses machine performance in real time, including onthe-go weighing; payload recordkeeping; and performance analysis such as utilization, cycle time, and fuel usage. CAT 994H WHEEL LOADER SPECIFICATIONS Power (net): 1,463 horsepower, Operating weight: 430,858 pounds, Bucket capacity: 19.5 - 47 cubic yards, Rated payload, by maximum pin height: Standard lift: 38 tons at 26.7 feet, High lift: 35 tons at 27.8 feet, Extended high lift: 35 tons at 31.3 feet

Terex MINI & MIDI CRAWLER EXCAVATORS Terex® mini crawler excavators are designed to excel in the narrowest and most demanding operating conditions. Despite their very compact dimensions, these mini excavators really stand out thanks to their excellent performance characteristics.   Terex®  midi crawler excavators feature the combination of a short tail swing and patented Knickmatik® function which allows excavation adjacent to walls and other obstacles. The load sensing hydraulic system enables work to be carried out precisely and efficiently.

Atlas Copco’s new BC 3500 bucket crusher is one new products recently added as one of the four new bucket crushers added to Atlas Copco’s silent demolition tool line. This recently added line of bucket crushers is rigmounted and seeks to solve job site waste management issues by recycling asphalt, stone and concrete debris. The recycled material may be reused on site or sold to third parties. Atlas Copco BC-model hydraulic bucket crushers can reduce the overall cost of a job by reducing the amount of equipment needed on site and saving on transportation and dump site expenses.

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PRICE MOVEMENT

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Retail Price Index of Selected Construction Materials in the National Capital Region (2000=100) : July 2013 Reference Number: 2013-064 Release Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Year-on-Year and Month-on-Month Growth Rates of Construction Materials Retail Price Index: July and June 2013 All Items July 2013 Year-on-Year 1.8 Month-on-Month 0.2

June 2013 Year-to-date 2.1 3.5 0.1

• Year-on-Year The annual hike in the construction materials retail price index (CMRPI) in the National Capital Region (NCR) further decelerated to 1.8 percent in July from 2.1 percent in June. The miscellaneous construction materials index continued to post a negative annual rate of 1.2 percent in July from -1.6 percent in June. Moreover, a slower annual gain was recorded in electrical materials index at 1.3 percent from 1.4 percent; masonry materials index, 5.9 percent from 12.7 percent; and tinsmithry materials index, 6.0 percent from 6.3 percent. On the other hand, the carpentry materials index advanced 1.1 percent from 0.6 percent; painting materials and related compounds index, 0.6 percent from 0.1 percent; and plumbing materials index, 1.6 percent from 1.4 percent.

• Month-on-Month The CMRPI in NCR went up by 0.2 percent in July from 0.1 percent in June. A higher monthly mark-up was noted in carpentry materials index at 0.4 percent in July from 0.3 percent in June; masonry materials index, 0.3 percent from -0.3 percent; and painting materials and related compounds index and miscellaneous construction materials indices, 0.4 percent from -0.7 percent and -0.2 percent, respectively. On the contrary, the index of tinsmithry materials dropped by 0.4 percent from 0.7 percent. The growth in the plumbing materials index remained at 0.2 percent while the electrical materials index had a zero growth from 0.2 percent. Price increments were noted in plywood, nails, cement, hollow blocks, tiles, paints, sand paper and steel bars.

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price movement

Republic of the Philippines NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE INDUSTRY AND TRADE STATISTICS DEPARTMENT Manila

TABLE 1 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS RETAIL PRICE INDEX in the NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (2000=100) Table 1 Construction Materials Retail Price Index in the National Capital Region (2000=100)

2012

2013

COMMODITY GROUP

JUL

JUN

MAY

APR

ALL ITEMS

178.4

178.0

177.9

177.7

A. CARPENTRY MATERIALS

150.3

149.7

149.3

B. ELECTRICAL MATERIALS

205.6

205.6

205.2

C. MASONRY MATERIALS

181.8

181.3

D. PAINTING MATERIALS & RELATED COMPOUNDS

178.7

E. PLUMBING MATERIALS

165.5

MAR

FEB

JAN

AVE

DEC

NOV

OCT

SEP

AUG

JUL

177.1

176.6

177.2

173.1

176.0

175.8

175.4

174.9

175.2

175.2

149.0

149.2

148.9

149.3

148.7

149.1

149.1

148.9

148.8

148.7

148.6

205.4

204.4

204.2

204.9

197.9

203.4

202.8

202.3

202.8

202.9

202.9

181.8

178.8

177.4

178.8

178.6

163.6

172.1

174.1

172.4

170.8

172.3

171.7

177.9

179.2

180.0

178.9

179.2

180.7

178.1

180.3

180.3

179.8

179.0

177.7

177.7

165.2

164.8

165.0

165.1

164.7

164.8

162.7

165.4

163.0

162.7

162.5

162.5

162.9

F. TINSMITHRY MATERIALS

140.4

140.9

139.9

140.6

139.6

134.8

134.8

133.0

134.4

133.5

133.3

132.5

132.7

132.5

G. MISCELLANEOUS CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

300.9

299.6

300.3

298.7

298.9

299.9

301.5

302.3

301.1

300.4

301.9

296.8

303.0

304.5

Sources of Basic Data: NSO and other reporting establishments NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE Processed by NSO INDUSTRY AND TRADE STATISTICS DEPARTMENT

Manila

CONSTRUCTION WHOLESALE MATERIALS WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX (CMWPI) IN THEIN NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR) CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS PRICE INDEX (CMWPI) THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR) (2000 = 100) (2000 = 100)

Line No.

ALL ITEMS

2012

2013

COMMODITY GROUP JULY

JUNE

MAY

APR

MAR

FEB

JAN

AVE

DEC

NOV

OCT

SEP

AUG

JULY

222.0

221.4

220.9

220.3

219.8

220.0

219.3

217.6

218.8

218.5

218.9

219.1

218.0

216.6

1

SAND AND GRAVEL

202.3

202.3

202.3

202.3

200.9

200.9

200.9

197.5

200.4

199.9

199.1

199.0

199.0

198.6

2

CONCRETE PRODUCTS

204.6

204.6

204.3

202.2

201.5

201.5

201.6

199.5

201.2

200.8

200.8

200.6

200.4

200.3

3

CEMENT

190.7

190.4

190.2

190.0

187.6

185.8

184.3

179.7

183.5

183.3

182.8

182.6

182.2

179.5

4

HARDWARE

213.9

213.9

213.7

213.7

212.5

212.4

212.3

210.7

212.6

212.3

212.2

211.6

211.6

211.6

5

PLYWOOD

180.4

180.4

180.3

180.3

179.8

179.8

179.8

178.1

179.7

179.7

179.5

178.6

178.3

178.2

6

LUMBER

230.0

230.0

230.0

229.9

227.6

227.6

227.5

223.8

227.5

227.3

226.4

225.7

225.6

225.6

7

G.I. SHEET

183.7

183.5

183.5

180.6

178.5

178.5

178.5

176.8

178.3

177.9

177.3

176.9

176.9

176.9

8

REINFORCING STEEL

251.3

251.3

251.3

251.0

250.0

250.0

250.0

245.6

249.7

249.5

248.1

248.0

247.4

246.7

9

STRUCTURAL STEEL

281.7

281.8

281.7

281.7

279.2

279.1

279.1

276.0

278.4

278.3

278.0

278.0

278.0

278.0

10 TILEWORKS

179.8

179.8

179.8

179.1

178.1

177.4

176.3

172.8

175.8

174.8

174.0

173.3

172.6

172.6

11 GLASS AND GLASS PRODUCTS

179.7

179.7

179.4

179.4

179.3

179.3

179.2

178.5

179.2

179.2

179.2

179.2

178.9

178.7

DOORS, JAMBS, AND STEEL 12 CASEMENT

200.8

200.7

200.7

200.7

198.7

198.3

198.3

197.2

198.5

198.0

197.6

197.6

197.6

197.6

13 ELECTRICAL WORKS

197.6

197.5

197.3

197.1

196.2

196.2

196.2

193.2

195.8

195.0

194.4

194.3

194.4

194.4

160.3

159.8

159.3

159.3

159.0

157.8

157.8

155.6

156.3

156.1

155.7

155.6

155.8

155.8

204.0

203.9

203.7

203.7

203.3

203.2

203.0

202.0

203.1

203.0

203.0

202.8

202.8

202.8

14

PLUMBING FIXTURES & ACCESSORIES / WATERWORKS

15 PAINTING WORKS 16 PVC PIPES

175.1

174.3

174.3

173.5

172.8

172.8

172.8

172.3

173.1

173.1

173.1

173.1

173.1

172.8

17 FUELS AND LUBRICANTS

333.8

327.8

324.5

329.4

333.8

337.0

329.8

336.3

328.2

329.8

337.8

341.2

331.1

318.2

18 ASPHALT

464.0

464.0

464.0

464.0

464.0

464.0

464.0

448.1

464.0

446.7

446.7

446.7

446.7

446.7

19 MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL 114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

114.6

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Philippine Construction & Design is published to serve the construction industry and all its stakeholders particularly architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers, providing them news summaries and information on latest development, management technologies, new products and equipment, cost movements of construction materials, profiles of leading personalities in the industry, construction projects, etc. The magazine will also discuss issues and topics that are important to the construction trade. It hopes to serve as a voice for the industry as a whole as well as provide information that construction professionals will find useful to their business and profession.

Publisher

Publishers are Filipino based in Thailand with 40 years of experience in publishing since 1972. They pioneered in the publication of construction, business and tourist publications in Thailand. Publishing Siam Construction, a monthly trade journal for the construction industry, What’s On This Week, What’s On Pallaya, What’s On Phuket, What’s On Chiangmai and What’s On Samui, all tourist publication located in major travel destinations in Thailand. They also publish a newspaper Samui Express in the Island of Samui.

Philippine Construction & Design is an e-magazine published monthly by Saiber Media Inc. with business address at 3332, City & Land Megaplaza, ADB Ave., cor Garnet Rd. Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Telephone No.: +63 02 7011009 Cebu: +63 032 5119499 Laguna: +63 049 5230132 E-mail add: saibermediaincorporated@ yahoo.com.ph | saibercraft@yahoo.com., for free online subscription visit: www. philippineconstructionanddesign.com. Send email for your comments and suggestion to saibercraft@yahoo.com or jo727ph@yahoo.com.ph

Over 20 years ago in the Philippine, they also published Philippine Civil Engineer, a professional publication published for Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE); Phi9lippine Construction Management, a professional journal for construction executives; and various directories for professional buyers like the Philippine Construction Director, Philippine Export Director, and Philippine Professional Buyers Guide. However, they closed their Philippine operations around 10 years ago after almost 20 years in the country due to political problems at the time and the ensuing financial turmoil. The Publishers plan to re-establish their operations initially with this construction publication, Philippine Construction & Design, to be followed with other magazines involving trade and logistics, medical hospitals and clinics, travel and hotel management within the next 24 months after the launch of Philippine Construction & Design.

Readership, Distribution and Circulation

The publication is published in the web and is made available for free to all interested. The web has potentially millions of readers all over the world though the magazine’s primary target readers are the professionals and decision makers involved in the Philippine construction, which is estimated to be over 100,000 stakeholders in the industry. Readers include major decision makers and top executives that make buying decisions, leading government officials, and other professionals involved in planning, investing, design, and construction

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Saiber Media Inc.: Unit 32, 33rd Floor, City & Land Mega Plaza, ADB Ave. corner Garnet Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City Telephone No.: +63 02 7011009 Cebu: +63 032 5119499 Laguna: +63 049 523-0132 E-mail: saibermediaincorporated@yahoo.com.ph | www.philippineconstructionanddesign.com

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Philippine Construction & Design Sept.-Oct. 2013 (Issue # 8)  

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