THE MAGAZINE FOR CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS VOL. 1. Issue No. 9 November - December 2013
Weaving into the country’s development fabric Building projects by heart
PH paint industry looks bright Boysen: PH paint industry leader works for more excellent products Island Paints is ‘quality you can see’ What is Construction Insurance? November-December 2013
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contents Issue No. 9 -2013
Calendar of Events
November-December 2013 .........................
Upgrading your School Gym .
Estilo De Vida 2013 Top 3 finalists identified
Industrial Estates & Business Parks 2014
PH paint industry looks bright
PH paint industry leader works for more excellent products
Island Paints is ‘quality you can see’
Building projects by heart
Philmetal: Weaving into the country’s development fabric
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The Function of Construction Contract Management
Risk Management What is Construction Insurance?
Products & Technology
Hallow Core Slab System
Price Movement Year-on-Year
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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 HVACR Philippines November 06 - 09, 2013 Venue: Pasay Renewable Energy: HVACR Philippines, Exhibition on Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration presents an ideal marketing medium to provide the infrastructure and building services industry a platform of opportunities to launch new products, contact ready and potential buyers, take on agents and distributors, garner brand awareness, as well as educate the market and launch business networks. Solar Philippines Exhibition and Conference November 14 - 15, 2013 Venue: Manila Marriott Hotel, Philippines Renewable Energy: Solar Philippines Exhibition and Conference is a part of National Renewable Energy Program where numerous solar products and services mainly to lessen the dependability from conventional power sources will make this event very special. Southern Tagalog Association of Water District (STAWD) Annual Convention November 14-15, 2013 Venue: Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay Location: Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City Hosted: Cavite Association of Water District (CAWD). For more information call Concord Metals, Inc. Tel. No.: + (632) 3632266 visit website: http://www.concordmetalsinc.com
Worldbex March 12 - 16, 2014 Venue : World Trade Center Metro Manila
Building & Construction. Worldbex occupies the pride of place of being the largest construction sector trade events in Asia. The show goes a long way in helping participants get acquainted with the latest innovations and developments from this sector and the networking opportunities available here are excellent too.
iNSTITUTE OF INTEGRATED ELECTRIVAL ENGINEERS OF THE
PHILIPPINES (iiee) 38TH ANNUAL CONVENTION AND EXPO November 27 - November 30, 2013 Venue: SMX Convention Center Manila
Location: Yangon, For more details feel free to contact Ms. Friyana at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (65) 6346 9144. visit www.cmtevents. com
CONSTRUCT CANADA December 4-6, 2013 Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building With over 1050 exhibits, Construct Canada will be held concurrently with, PM Expo, DesignTrends, Concrete Canada, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, and National GreenBuilding Conference featuring over 200 presentations and 450 speakers delivering the very latest in products, technologies, best practices and applications for the design, construction, operation, retrofit, and renovation of all types of buildings.
2013 AGC Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Conference 7-9 November 2013 Venue: Arizona Biltmore Location: Phoenix, AZ United States Industry professionals from companies involved in building highway, bridge, utility and underground construction, transit, airport runway and rail projects will join together November 7-9, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. AGC Advanced Management Program 10-15 November 2013 Location: Dallas, Texas The goal of theAdvanced 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. Greenbuild International Expo 20-22 November 2013 Location: Philadelphia, PA United States Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and exhibit hall dedicated to green building. Big 5 - Big 5 PMV - Middle East Concrete - FM November 25 - 28, 2013 Venue: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre Sector: Building, Construction and Facility Management The BIG 5 is the largest trade show for the Building and Construction industry in the Arabian Gulf. For more than 30 years, The Big 5 has served as a business and networking platform for the industry and proved to be an ideal opportunity for buyers and sellers from around the world. The 10th Asia Pacific Business Forum Nov 25-26, 2013 Location: Bangkok, Thailand. Organizer: United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). With its 53 Member States plus 9 Associate Members, ranging from least developed and Pacific Island countries, to countries with emerging markets, the ESCAP secretariat and ESCAP’s Business Advisory Council are the driving forces behind APBF. For more information visit their website http://APBF.UNESCAP.ORG Myanmar construction 2013 December 2-3, 2013 Venue: Parkroyal Yangon
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World of Concrete 2014 1 January 2014 Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center Location: Las Vegas, NV United States World of Concrete has more than 1,300 exhibiting companies and 50,000 registered industry professionals in more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space. 41st Annual National Demolition Association Convention 22-25 February 2014 Venue: The Mirage Location: Las Vegas, NV, Each year, the National Demolition Association convention brings together a wide cross section of professionals involved in the demolition process, including those involved in demolition contracting, general contracting. Industrial Estates & Business Parks 2014 26-27 February 2014 Organiser: Trueventus Sdn Bhd Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (To be notified) Contact person: Sandy B Call us on: +603- 2781 1500 (ext 510) Email: email@example.com Website:http://www.trueventus.com/event php?intid=233 NRMCA Annual Convention 1-3 March 2014 Location: Las Vegas, NV Professional development and networking opportunities for those involved in the ready mixed concrete industry. SAMOTER 2014 8-11 May 2014 Location: Verona Italy The Samoter 29th International Triennial Earth Moving and Building Machinery Exhibition will be joined by Asphaltica, the event focusing on asphalt industry, equipment, technologies and road safety.
International Concrete Sustainability Conference 12-15 May 2014 Venue: Hyatt Regency Cambridge Location: Cambridge, MA United States An industry event focused on sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction.
NSO reports construction surge Construction surged in the second quarter of the year as the total value hit P66.4 billion according to National Statistics Office (NSO) reports that the construction industry recorded a total of 29,424 construction projects. Residential building construction with value of P32.6 billion accounted for almost half (49.1%) of the total. Nonresidential construction reached P28.5 billion or 42.9 percent of the total value of construction. Residential-building rated first with construction recorded numbering to 21,360 or 72.6 percent of the total new construction projects. Other non-residential construction numbered 3,504 approved building permits accounting for the least of 11.9 percent of the total. Total value of construction from approved building permits for residential buildings was estimated at P32.6 billion with a total floor area of 3.3 million square meters,
translating to an average cost of P9,754 per square meter. Additions, alterations and repair of existing structures with combined approved building permits of 4,560 was 15.5 percent of the total construction. Additions, alterations and repairs of existing structures with combined value of P5.3 billion was only 7.9 percent of the total. Single-type recorded the most number of projects with 18,195 accounting for 85.2 percent of the total. Total value of construction for this type reached P15.4 billion covering a total floor area of 1.8 million square meters, translating to an average cost of P8,482 per square meter. Apartment-type ranked a far second with 2,587 construction projects representing 12.1 percent of total residential construction. This type of residential building had an estimated construction value of P5.4 billion with a total floor area of 686,000 square meters or an average cost of P7,816 per square meter.
Duplex-type building recorded a total of 497 construction projects or only 2.3 percent of the total residential construction. Total construction value for this type amounted to P1 billion and a total floor area of 91,700 square meters or an average cost of P11,318 per square meter. Among regions in the country, CALABARZON (Region IVA) posted the highest number of construction projects with 6,826 accounting for 23.2 percent of the total. This is followed by National Capital Region (NCR) and Central Visayas (Region VII) with respective shares of 13.2 percent (3,873) and 12.8 percent (3,775) of the total construction projects from approved building permits. The least number of construction projects was recorded for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with only 41 or 0.1 percent of the total. At the provincial level, Cavite reported the biggest number of construction projects with 2,905 or 9.9 percent of the total. This is followed by the province of Cebu with 1,660 (5.6%) construction projects. Based on story by Edu Lopez
CALAX bidding deadline extended
After 35 years Aluling Bridge finally completed Aluling Bridge, a 180-meter long structure that was started construction in 1978 was finally completed recently after 35 years. The completion of the so-called “longest” bridge in the country not in term of length but in number of years it took to complete, marked the end of sufferings of the people of Ilocos and Mountain Province specially residents of Cervantes and the western part of the upland province. The project was conceptualized in 1978 as a five-span reinforced concrete deck girder type but the work accomplished for the bridge was damaged due to flooding in 1990. Project again resumed in November 1999 with a P21 million fund and the construction was followed by six more phases. Additional works also caused the delay in completing the project in a span of 14 years from February 1999 to March 2013. It took an Igorot contractor in Arnel Peil of AIP Construction to finish the job in less than two years. The completion of the bridge allows faster and safer socio-economic activities between Regions 1 and Mountain Province and Benguet with around 1,200 motorists traversing the bridge daily. It also cuts travel time from Mountain Province to Ilocos by at least two hours while travel from Cervantes to nearby Mankayan, Benguet is now less than 30 minutes. Based on a story by Ron B. Lopez 4 | Philippine Construction&Design November - December 2013
The 18 participating foreign and local bidders has been given more time by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to submit the required documents to pre-qualify for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Project. The one-month extension was to last until Oct. 23. DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut said the date of submission of the pre-qualification documents was extended following the requests of some of the firms interested in the R35-billion project. The chairman of the Special Bids and Awards Committee for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) program announced the changes in schedule through DPWH Special Bid Bulletin No. 3. The failure of participating bidders to the submit requirements for pre-qualification documents as the deadline lapsed prompted the DPWH to adjust the timetable as foreign investors were unfamiliar with the process and requirements for authentication of documents. The foreign firms which bought bid documents are from Singapore, Korea, France, India, and China. These include M/s IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL), L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited, Korea Expressway Corporation, and EGIS Projects Developer of Infrastructure & Service. Manila Bulletin, Raymund F. Antonio
Mariwasa and two (2) other SCG subsidiaries in PH awarded with Green Choice Seal of Approval Three of ASEAN conglomerate SCG’s local subsidiaries – Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. (MSC), United Pulp and Paper Co. and SCG Marketing Philippines, Inc. – were awarded with the Green Choice Philippines Seal of Approval during the Suppliers’ Forum on Green Public Procurement recently held at the SMX Convention Center, attesting to the Group’s commitment of conducting business alongside conserving the environment and creating value for society. The Green Choice seal is awarded to products that are certified to be environment-friendly, with the objective of raising consumer consciousness on the environmental features of products they choose to buy and use. Among the products awarded with this quality mark is Mariwasa Siam Ceramics’ wall and floor ceramic tiles; UPPC’s test liner board, which is made from 100% recycled paper used in the manufacture of boxes and other packaging materials; and SCG Marketing’s fiber board, which is an asbestos-free cement board, reinforced by
high-quality cellulose natural fibers used for various purposes in construction. These products are compliant to the Green Choice requirements on environment and product quality performance, including adherence to environmental regulations, green procurement policies, health and safety standards, energy efficient processes, and waste and pollution-reducing practices, among others. “We are very honored and proud to accept the Green Choice Philippines Seal of Approval. It is indeed our philosophy to commit to sustainable development, and we hope and believe that with our high-quality products, green technology and green process, we will help support the Philippines achieve sustainable development for its economy, society and environment, to build towards a better quality of life in the country,” said Anukul Kongrit, President of MSC and SCG Country Director for Philippine Operations. Aside from highlighting the environmental value of these products, the
Green Choice seal also marks the company’s leadership in promoting sustainable development, which takes into consideration not just operational or production costs, but also the environmental and societal impact of doing business. With the Green Choice mark, these products are envisioned to encourage producers and manufactures to improve their production and operating process into reducing environmental harm. This is aligned with SCG’s philosophy in taking the lead in developing solutions and programs toward economic, social, and environmental issues affecting its business operations, as part of its path toward becoming an ASEAN sustainable business leader. It imbues the concept of reducing, reusing/recycling, and replenishing throughout all its business units, which helps shape the design of its plants and facilities, helps develop and improve production processes, and utilizes eco-friendly materials and technology, to ultimately produce green, sustainable, highvalue added products.
Holy Cross of Davao College
ASEAN conglomerate SCG’s local subsidiaries were granted the Green Choice Seal of Approval for its environment-friendly products and processes. Shown in photo are United Pulp and Paper Co. VP for Marketing Jirasak Kaewubol, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. VP for Sales and Marketing Jakkrit Suwansilp, SCG Country Director for Philippine Operations Anukul Kongrit, and SCG Marketing Philippines President Sunchai Jindasri. 6 | Philippine Construction&Design November - December 2013
The new 6-storey building of Holy Cross of Davao College is already 80% in completion and the faculty and admin are all excited with the latest innovation in air-conditioning that will soon be installed here. Ninety Six (96) units of SEDNA AIRE SOLAR AIRCON will be used to cool their new classrooms, server room, speech laboratory and IT rooms. This says a lot about the green advocacy which the Holy Cross of Davao College espouses.
Some of the steel trusses that make up the historic Calumpit Bridge, which is being replaced with a P166-million modern structure have by history buffs to be preserved. But the 125-meter-long old bridge is too worn-out, having suffered steel fatigue from decades of serving vehicular traffic, said Antonio Molano Jr., Central Luzon director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). He said this was the reason the agency would be unable to heed the clamor of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to preserve the bridge where Filipino soldiers first fought the American soldiers during the PhilippineAmerican War. Alex Balagtas, NHCP coordinator for the Bulacan and Zambales provinces, said his office had requested the DPWH to save the old bridge or any of its main components because of their historical value, having been the site of battles led by revolutionary heroes like Gen. Gregorio del Pilar. Established in 1572, Calumpit is the oldest town in Bulacan. Balagtas said the NHCP had pushed for the preservation of the old bridge, after the agency inspected the structure at the request of former Mayor James de Jesus. But all the DPWH could do was auction sections of the bridge to antique dealers or junk shops, given their poor state, Molano said. The bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, after portions of the structure collapsed. Its replacement bridge is under construction. Ruel Angeles, chief of the DPWH first engineering office in Bulacan, said the bridge was last restored in 1946. Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, whose house in Barangay Gatbuca is right next to the old bridge, said the historic structure was one of the oldest bridges in the country. The new Calumpit Bridge would be wider and would be completed in April next year. Philippine Daily Inquirer
Historic Calumpit Bridge too worn-out to be preserved
Construction of 2 flyovers given go signal
Top of Julia Vargas The construction of two major flyovers, the Lanuza C5 and Julia Vargas flyovers, will push through this year despite the possible traffic nightmare that it may cause motorists according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino has given the go signal for the Department of Public Works and Highways for the planned construction of two flyovers in Pasig City anytime this year. Prior to construction, Tolentino said he required the DPWH to widen both directions of the affected roads. He anticipates the agency will be plagued with criticisms from people that will suffer from heavy traffic because of the more than a year required for construction of the projects.
New Ilocos wind farm to start construction The construction of a 81-megawatt (MW) wind power project in Ilocos Norte, by NORTHERN LUZON UPC Asia Corp. (NLUPC) is set to proceed according to officials of the Energy department. Mario C. Marasigan, director of the department’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau, said “there was a groundbreaking ceremony of NLUPC’s Caparispisan (Pagudpud) project last Tuesday, Sept. 3.” Mr. Marasigan said the company will now “move forward with construction of the project” which is expected to be “operational by late 2014 or early 2015.” NLUPC in July tapped Siemens Wind Power A/S and Siemens, Inc. for the supply and installation of the project’s 27 wind turbines, each with 3-MW capacity. NLUPC is a joint venture among Ayala Corp.’s AC Energy Holdings, Inc. (ACEHI), UPC Philippines Wind Holdco I B.V. and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI) fund. Last July, Ayala said its power unit, ACEHI, signed investment and shareholders’ agreements with UPC Philippines Wind and PINAI for the wind project.
The listed conglomerate said an initial equity investment of $220 million has been set for the 81-MW wind farm -- 64% of which will be funded by ACEHI; 32% by PINAI; and the remaining by UPC Philippines. UPC Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of UPC Renewables Partners Ltd., while PINAI fund is composed of Government Service Insurance System, Dutch pension fund APG and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd. The 81-MW project, which will be located in the municipality of Pagudpud, comes on top of ACEHI’s existing investment in NorthWind Power Development Corp., which operates a 33MW wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. Aside from wind power, ACEHI also has investments in a 600-MW coal fired power plant in Mariveles, Bataan as well as in a 270-MW coal-fired power plant in Calaca, Batangas. The company also plans to build a 405-MW coal-fired power plant in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte within the first half of next year. Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano
The construction industry remains bullish as its growth has surpassed the five-year boom-and-bust cycle. “Usually, there is a five-year boom in the construction sector before it experiences a downtrend again,” said Morris S. Agoncillo, first vice-president of the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) and overall chairman of the Philippine Construction Show 2013 (PhilConstruct). Mr. Agoncillo, who was in the city on Sept. 5 for the opening of the three-day 4th PhilConstruct Mindanao at SMX Lanang, said that the construction boom has been going on for 10 years now, and there are no signs of the sector slowing down. “There is a boom, not just in Davao, but in the whole country, and we do not see the trend slowing down considering the number of projects being bidded out,” he said. Ramon F. Allado, PhilConstruct Mindanao event chairman, said that this growth is not even at its peak. “We are giving this growth three more years,” Mr. Allado said. “I cannot remember in the past something of this magnitude,” he added, referring to Mindanao’s construction growth. He cited how Davao firms are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers because of the huge demand. Major developments in this city include both vertical projects, such as highrise condominiums, and horizontal, or residential subdivision development as
Construction industry sees growth past boom-and-bust cycle
well as the construction of more hotels and shopping malls. Mindanao Business Council President Vicente T. Lao said that PhilConstruct has made it possible for Mindanaoans to avail of new innovations in construction technology without going to Manila and incurring additional cost. Mr. Lao said that Manila’s construction growth capitalizes on the P17 billion remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who buy properties with the belief that this is an ideal way of investing, instead of sending their money to families who might just spend on unnecessary items. “Anybody who can tap on the OFW funds can make good money, and that’s not just the construction sector but even SM shopping malls, which made sure that their foreign exchange rates are higher, even by a cent compared with others, in order to capture the OFW remittance market,” Mr. Lao said. Mr. Allado said that an informal survey three years ago showed that there are 10,000 OFWs from Davao alone. “If we can tap into this market, then we can ensure the
continuous growth of the local economy,” he added. Mr. Allado said that PhilConstruct organizers expect hardware sales receipts of at least P10 million during the construction show, which ends Sept. 7. This is even a “safe” estimate considering that there are 20 heavy equipment suppliers participating in the exhibit. This year’s PhilConstruct, organizers claim, brings innovative construction products never before seen in previous shows. Among those specifically mentioned are LED lighting, single-phased welding machines with 200 amperes, new-generation cutters for steel structures and energyefficient air conditioners with solar power features. Mr. Allado said that there are 82 companies participating in this year’s PhilConstruct trade fair and exhibit, occupying 286 booths and 2,576 square meters of space at the SMX Convention Center. While last year’s event here gathered 6,502 visitors, the organizers expect 25% more this year. Based on story by Carmencita A. Carillo
Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital
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Cagayan de Oro City is home to a new premier hospital that not only boast of first-class medical facilities but also promotes environment conservation. Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital is using SEDNA AIRE SOLAR AIRCON to cool the rooms in their new hospital building. This spells huge energy savings for them while delivering quality health service to their patients.
Construction seen to fuel Davao growth Davao’s continuous economic growth to the sustained performance of the services sector, particularly in transportation, storage and communications, as well as properties and business services. Mr. Cortez said that Davao provides an ideal environment for investors, with a minimum daily wage rate of P301, a 3.6% inflation rate and a high employment rate of 95.2%. Out of the 35,826 businesses in the city, majority or 22,876 are retailers, 1,524 are manufacturers and 1,304 are financial institutions. Mr. Cortez said that new investments in the city can avail of tax incentives, which include a three-year business tax holiday and a two-year basic real property tax holiday for real properties used in business. However, he added, those who invest in preferred districts will get up to five years of business tax exemption and five years of real property tax exemption. Preferred investments in Davao
Upgrading your School Gym
SACRED HEART GYM, CEBU
Do you want to use your Gym for large School gatherings? Do you want to improve the sound quality inside your Gym when using a sound system? Do you want to increase your income from your School Gym? Do you want a more comfortable Gym for a large school gathering? If your answer is Yes, to any of the questions above, talk to Basicmac they can help you. Basicmac can convert your Gym into a more functional, useful and comfortable space that will allow you to use any sound system that will surely produce clear and crisp sound especially during any School event. Recently, they upgraded the Gyms of UST Quad Center and Sacred Heart in Cebu. The major complaint of both Gyms was poor speech intelligibility during a Graduation or any School Program. Both Gyms was found to be be noisy due to high echo and Basicmac reduced the Echo by applying their Acoustic Treatments thus improving the sound quality and making it more confortable for large gatherings. See photos of these finished projects
include those in the agribusiness sector, including agri-industrial production with new technologies and energy-efficient farming systems; tourism and recreational facilities, such as theme parks; property development to include low-cost and socialized housing; and information and communications technology. Mr. Cortez said that there are grand plans for Davao, including the construction of interconnected green parks, boulevards with a clear view of the sea and roads and walkways for bikers and pedestrians. Vicente T. Lao, Mindanao Business Council president, said that Mindanaoans should take advantage of the P140 billion allocated by the government for infrastructure development. The increasing private sector expenditures for buildings and tourism-related facilities are guaranteed to keep the construction sector busy in the coming years, Mr. Lao added. -- C.A. Carillo
Construction of Villamil Bridge in Pangasinan underway
Davao’s sustained growth for the city’s economy in the next three to five years to be driven primarily by the construction sector according to the Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC). “The construction industry continues to play a big role in the development of Davao,” DCIPC Officer-in-charge Ivan C. Cortez said. The center’s records show a near doubling in the value of building permits issued by the city government, from P6.786 million or 4,379 permits in 2008 to P13.364 million or 6,624 permits in 2012. Mr. Cortez said that the city’s construction sector faces several challenges, including the rising cost of materials, increasing competition, scarcity of skilled workers, and adopting new technologies. “The construction industry paves the way for other socioeconomic development, so we should encourage it,” Mr. Cortez said. The DCIPC officer also attributed
The construction of the P99-million Villamil Bridge is now being addressed by the Department of Public Works and Highways Region 1 (DPWH-1) after adversely affecting thousands of commuters and traders for months. Ms. Elizabeth Pilorin, chief of the DPWH-1 Public Information Division, said the delay was caused by modifications to the original design of the bridge. Pilorin said the contractor, Foundation Specialists, had to apply modifications to accommodate the request of the local government of Calasiao for a pedestrian footbridge as well as the construction of passage way/underpass crossing at abutment B to give accessibility to light vehicles to the market in addition to the detour road. Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay has been working out the request for the variation order 2 in central office and recently the DPWH said the order now has results.
The redevelopment of Roxas Boulevard in Manila ahead of two major international conferences that will be held in the country, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Friday. President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the release of P250 million for the project The eight-lane road will welcome heads of state and other participants to the World Economic Forum on East Asia and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that the Philippines will host in 2014 and 2015, respectively. “Roxas Boulevard is one of the country’s major gateways for local and international tourists, apart from being one of Metro Manila’s busiest and most well-developed commercial areas. Despite this, however, the boulevard infrastructure needs some sprucing up to improve the efficiency in the road system, especially since we’re expecting a higher volume of visitors to arrive over the coming years,” said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. The fund release will cover the
Government to spruce up Roxas Boulevard
improvement of service roads, parking areas, lighting, and other infrastructure requirements, all of which will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The Department of Tourism presented the proposal for the redevelopment project, which will extend for 10.1 kilometers, from Bonifacio Drive in Manila up to the Airport Road in Parañaque City. The Tourism department will head an inter-agency committee, which will include the DPWH, National Parks Development Committee, Tourism Infrastructure and
Enterprise Zone Authority, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the cities of Manila, Pasay and Parañaque, which are covered by Roxas Boulevard. “This inter-agency committee will create and regulate a comprehensive, long-term plan for the development of Roxas Boulevard. The aim is to go beyond merely beautifying the road to create a comprehensive, longterm, and sustainable plan that will shore up tourism and commerce in the surrounding areas, all while considering environmental, traffic management, and security issues along the boulevard,” Abad said. SDR/Sunnex
Cebu City turns down Talisay’s SRP request
Talisay City request to stop construction inside the southern city’s portion of the South Road Properties was refused by Cebu City officials. In a letter addressed to Talisay City Legal Officer Alfredo Sipalay, Cebu City Assistant Lawyer June Maratas said they don’t need to secure building permits and other requirements from Talisay City because the area is under its territorial jurisdiction.
“It bears without stressing that local government units can legitimately exercise powers of government only within the limits of their territorial jurisdiction. Beyond these limits the acts are ultra vires. In view of this limitation, we regretfully inform you that we cannot heed your demand and submit to your jurisdiction,” Maratas said. Sipalay, in a separate interview, said they are willing to talk to the Cebu City Government to resolve the matter amicably. However, if the negotiations fail, he said they will seek the help of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority to conduct a joint survey to determine the boundaries of both cities. In his letter, Maratas said the structures being constructed are in two parcels of land whose Transfer Certificates of Title (TCTs) are in the Cebu City Government’s name. The presence of the TCTs is conclusive evidence not only of Cebu City’s ownership of the land, but also of its location, Maratas said. He said that based on the technical description of the two TCTs, the parcels
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of land in question are in Cebu City. The TCTs were issued to Cebu City after then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Proclamation 763, which converted parcels of land in some portions of the Cebu City South Reclamation Project as special economic zones, pursuant to Republic Act 8748. Arroyo then issued Proclamation 843, awarding Cebu City with ownership of the area and declaring the land in it as alienable and disposable. Despite Cebu City’s refusal to heed their cease-and-desist order, Sipalay said he plans to send a letter to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to diplomatically discuss the issue. He said Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes had talked to Rama during the national conference of the League of Cities in the Philippines last week. Both officials agreed to settle the matter amicably. Sipalay also took the statement of Cebu City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo as a sign that Cebu City is willing to negotiate. Castillo had said they are willing to sit down with Talisay City to discuss the issue.
Estilo De Vida 2013 Top 3 finalists identified
This year’s Estilo De Vida, the 10th Inter-School Interior Design Competition, organized by PHILCONSTRUCT Events, Exhibition and Conference Exhibition together with the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA) and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), top three prizes were won by Eastern Visayas State University-Tacloban, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) and St. Louis Tuguegarao. The preliminary judging was held on October 3 and was attended by PCA Executive Director Manolito Madrasto, PCA President Augusto Manalo, Overall Philconstruct 2013 Chairman and PCA 1st Vice President Morris Agoncillo, Estilo De Vida 2013 Chairperson and PCA Director Idr. Nina Ramos, Co-Chairperson Marivic Roxas, CW Home Depot Managing
New LRT-1 Project Auction
Director Ferdinand Co, Ms. Ellen Chua, Idr. Kim Olonan and Idr. Belen Morey. Apart from the three schools that made it to the top three, other schools that submitted entries were the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, University of San Carlos Techno Center-Cebu City, University of the East-Caloocan, Philippine School of Interior Design, MAPUA Institute of Technology and St. Scholastica’s College Manila. Held under the theme “LuzViMin: Premier Airport Executive Lounge Showcasing a Philippine Festival,” the 10th Estilo De Vida Competition required the participants to design a 72 square meter-allocated space with a height of three (3) meters and riser of six (6) inches for a premier airport executive lounge (simple ceiling design) located in the Philippines using sustainable and locallysourced products.
34 entries were submitted by 3rd and 4th year Interior Design students from the participating schools. The judges evaluated the plates based on four criteria: suitability to the project challenge (30%), originality and workability of the design solution (25%), successful integration of required interior finishes and furnishings (20%), and budget (15%). The top three scorers in the preliminary judging held yesterday will advance to the final round for the actual build-up, wherein they will execute their plates in their respective booths on November 6 at the SMX Convention Center, in time with the ingress of Philconstruct 2013 which will be held on November 6 to 9. The final judging will be held on November 8, where 20% of their scores in the preliminary judging will be added to their scores in the final round. The top ten finalists will be announced during the Estilo De Vida Awards Night on November 7 at the SMX Convention Center. The champion, first runner-up and second runner-up shall get a trophy and P50,000, P40,000 and P30,000 cash prize, respectively, while the 4th to 10th placers shall get P5,000 each. This year’s Estilo De Vida will also feature the Estilo De Vida Gallery which will showcase the milestones that the competition has reached since its inception, as well as give recognition to those who have made notable contributions in its continued success, including past chairmen and past winners. The Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (CFIF) has agreed to lend furniture which the finalists may use as accent pieces in their designs.
The new auction for the P60-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 extension project will be held before the end of this year, according to Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. He said the DOTC will publish the invitation to bid a week after the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) approval of the new LRT 1 project terms. The said changes involve absorption of the real property taxes by the government; warranty for existing structure; protection mechanism for power rate increases; and acceptance of negative bids. Abaya said the DOTC will
award the project early next year, around January or February, and the winning bidder will start the construction in the second half of the same year. The DOTC targets to have the project completed by 2016. The DOTC chief said the re-auction will be open to all bidders, including the previously disqualified groups. “They can always reorganize themselves, everyone can start from scratch,” he said. Only Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) participated in the August 15 bidding following the withdrawal of the three other prequalified groups due to concerns in the commercial viability of the project.
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The Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA) is currently pushing for a legislative bill that seeks to protect industry stakeholders. In a statement PCA Executive Director Manolito Madrasto said the PCA hopes to have the bill passed in the Congress by December this year. “That is why right now, we are having it signed for commitments by members of the Congress as co-sponsors so that when the reading of the bill comes, it will be passed on quickly,” he said. According to Mr. Madrasto, the bill requires all construction workers to secure a certification on safety standards before they can be employed in any construction firm. “The law will be wide-ranging and encompassing for the construction industry,” he said. Currently, construction companies are following the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) D.O. 13 otherwise known as the “Guidelines Covering Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry,” which ensures the protection and welfare of workers employed in the construction industry as well as the general public within the vicinity of construction sites. “When there are legal cases, lawyers may not recognize the order as a law, thus the need to have the law,” explained Mr. Madrasto. He said as of today, what industry stakeholders do is conduct campaigns to educate industry stakeholders about the safety standards in the industry. Source: Sunstar
Auctions for the P17.5-billion MactanCebu International Airport (MCIA) projects under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino administration have again been deferred. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya, announced that interested bidders requested the deferment so they can finalize and sharpen their bids based on the issuance of the latest concession agreement. “MCIA is set on Nev. 15. The exact date for AFCS still has to be fixed, but is about the same ballpark as MCIA,” said Abaya. The MCIA project was originally set to be auctioned off on August 28 while the AFCS was supposed to be bid out last August 30. The bid dates were moved to mid-October following the needed amendments on the concession agreements of both projects. The DOTC announced last September 20 that it had already finalized changes to the MCIA concession agreement to take into consideration concerns raised by prospective bidders. The changes involved lengthening the concession period from the original 20 years to 25 years and sharing of real property tax liability. The amended agreement draft has yet to be approved by the National Economic and
PCA promotes legislation to protect industry stakeholders
Mactan Airport project auction deferred
Development Authority. The DOTC chief said the agency hopes to award the projects by early 2014. The MCIA project involves the construction of a new international passenger terminal building with an 8-million annual passenger capacity as well as the rehabilitation of the existing terminal. Groups that prequalified for the project are MPIC-JGS Airports Holdings, Inc., a consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and JG Summit Holdings, Inc.; AAA Airport Partners led by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and A2 Airport Partners, Inc.; Filinvest-CAI Consortium led by Filinvest Development Corp. and Singapore’s Changi Airports Mena Pte Ltd.; SMC and Incheon Airport Consortium led by San Miguel Corp. and South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corp.; First Philippine Airports led by First Philippine Holdings Corp.; Premier Airport Group led by SM Investments Corp. and Citadel Holdings, Inc.; and GMR InfrastructureMegawide Consortium led by Megawide Construction Corp. and India-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd.
Road Engineering Association hold national convention The Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP), Inc., held its National Convention in the Manila Hotel last September. The event coincided with the 98th Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA) Government Council and the 4th Young Professional Engineers Meeting. This year’s theme was, “Engineering Intervention to Environmental Challenges.” The REAP is an association of engineers who promote and advance the science and practice of road engineering and related professions. It is one of the affiliate societies of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. with a mission is to develop and orient its members in the science and practice of road engineering through continuing education, research, and exchange of experience and technology with local and international organizations. Established in 1976 by a group of road engineering practitioners, REAP became a member of the International Road Federation in 1985. After years of inactivity, it was revived and reorganized in 1990, amending its bylaws to allow the participation of the private sector, such as contractors and consultants, to be institutional members of REAAA. It created chapters in La Union, Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro REAP is a dynamic organization, helping young Filipino scholars to pursue post graduate degrees in Civil Engineering major in Transportation Engineering in Philippine Universities. Butuan City, and Lanao del Sur, and in the regions of Eastern Visayas, Southern and Central Luzon. November-December 2013
GONE are the days when industrial parks, factories and buildings look monotonous and dreary. The last two or three decades have seen the mushrooming of industrial parks in Southeast Asia as the region moves from an agriculturebased economy into industrialization. Many industrial estates are now built to cater to demand from multinational corporations and local businesses setting up their operations in the country. Southeast Asia is still the major target for US and Europe because it is emerging as a centre for the FMCG, automobile, mechanical and aerospace industries. The rising opportunities and government incentives such as tax cut and economic zoning has entitles a healthy in¬flow of foreign direct investment. Industrial Estates and Business Parks will be featuring leaders and experts from the industrial estate and business park fraternity. This conference aims to attract industrial estate and business park operators as well as local and international investors interested in the industrial estate
and business park industry in Southeast Asia. This conference will feature case studies and interactive panel discussions on marketing and branding, location selection, Public Private Partnerships, latest trends and tools and future outlook for industrial estate and business park operation and management. Gain valuable insights from practitioners and experts to foster business relationships with leading industrial estate and business park developers, suppliers, investors and vendors. Industrial Estates & Business Parks 2014 Organiser: Trueventus Sdn Bhd, Date: 26 27 February 2014 (2-day event) Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (To be notified) Contact person: Sandy B Call us on: +603- 2781 1500 (ext 510) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.trueventus.com/event. php?intid=233
Malaysia plans to build a wall and perimeter fencing along the banks of the Kolok River, which separates Malaysia’s Kelantan state from Thailand’s Narathiwat province. Thai-Malaysian Regional Border Committee secretary Adisak Prachakittikul said Thailand did not see any problem with Malaysia’s plan because the construction would not encroach on Thai Territory. “We believe it will be good for the countries in preventing the smuggling of contraband goods,” according to Col Adisak. He said Thailand had a similar plan to build a wall and fence along the border to prevent smuggling and other forms of border crime. “The Internal Security Operations Command’s Region 4 is conducting an aerial survey to assess the feasibility of a wall and fence on the Thai side,” he said. On Sunday, the New Straits Times newspaper reported on its website that Malaysia’s Home Ministry plans to declare areas connected to the 121-kilometre Kelantan border as security zones, to prevent trans-national crime.
Malaysia to erect wall along Thai-Malaysian river border
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the wall and fence programme should be speeded up, as the problems in Kelantan were worse than in other states. “The idea was proposed by the state police, and I agreed it should proceed quickly,” he said after visiting the Kelantan police contingent headquarters on Saturday. He said residents living along the river would not be relocated, but all illegal jetties would be destroyed and more policemen would be assigned to the area.
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Thailand’s ‘Tallest to be building’ chooses Mitsubishi Elevators Mitsubishi Electric Corporation recently announced that it secured an order to deliver a total of 38 elevators and escalators to Mahanakorn, a commercial complex under construction in Bangkok, Thailand. The 314-meter high building will be the country’s tallest, with 77 floors above ground and one below ground when completed. Seven of the elevators to be delivered will travel at speeds of 489 meters per minute and are expected to be the fastest in Thailand. Mahanakorn will consist of two towers and will be located in Silom, a central business district of Bangkok. The lower tower will accommodate commercial facilities, and the higher tower will house a hotel and high-end residential facilities. Pace Development Corporation PLC, one of the country’s leading high-end developers whose principle offices are based in the city of Bangkok, is undertaking construction. Two out of the seven high-speed elevators will service the taller tower as shuttle elevators. They will run non-stop from the ground floor to the observation floor in one minute, offering fast yet comfortable rides to passengers. 15 elevators, including the seven highspeed models, will be equipped with an electricity regeneration function that enables the elevators to effectively utilize generated electricity, helping reduce energy consumption and environmental impact.
CMT to Host Strategic Summit on
Myanmar’s Construction Developments & Opportunities on 2-3 Dec. in Yangon
After successfully organizing a series of conferences in Myanmar, Centre for Management Technology (CMT) announces the first Myanmar Construction Summit in Yangon on 2-3 December, 2013. The summit focuses on critical concerns ranging from ‘putting together a successful construction project’ to opportunities and obstacles in construction project planning and rollouts. Industry and local authorities will analyse the vital issues and share experiences in managing [construction projects in Yangon. This summit will bring together government agencies, land owners, developers and professionals, who are key players to a better and robust construction industry in Myanmar. The summit will be inaugurated by His Excellency U Kyaw Lwin, Union Minister of Construction, who will preside and address the December gathering with a Keynote Speech. Unveiling the Yangon Regional Development plan in a session titled ‘Urban Planning & Development Initiative for the Greater Yangon’ is Suzuki Masahiko, Urban Development Advisor, YCDC; Senior Advisor, Urban Planning, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He will discuss the four pillars of development vision for Yangon: International HUB City, Comfortable City, Well-Managed Infrastructure City and City of Good-Governance. In addition, relevant divisions within the [Ministry of Construction will also shed light on new directions and regulations in the construction sector of Myanmar via sessions on: Roadmap on Construction Projects of Roads, Bridges & Highways: Connecting Major Cities & Towns & Improving Accessibility in Myanmar – Senior Official, Public Works Department, Ministry of Construction Public & Private Low-Cost Housing Construction Projects Timeline in the next 12-24 months in Myanmar: New Build & Upgrading/Refurbishing Works – Senior Official, Dept. of Human Settlement & Housing Development (DHSHD), Ministry of Construction Also, elaborating on Yangon’s real estate developments is Nyan Min Htut (Zarni), Managing Director of Green Vision Construction Company, who will share a Construction
Management’s Perspective on ‘Practical Challenges & Opportunities in Yangon Real Estate & Commercial Developments’. Touching on the challenges of quality control in construction is a discussion on ‘The [New Myanmar National Building Code and Guidelines for High Rise Building Construction Projects’ by U. Than Myint, Chairman, Committee for Quality Control of High-rise Building Projects (CQHP). The audience will also gain some practical tips on the operations of the construction business via a Panel Discussion on ‘Experience in Managing Construction Project: Implementation & Operational Challenges’ by senior level executives of four different construction companies – Nyan Min Htut (Zarni), Managing Director, Green Vision Construction Company; Siddhartha Roy, Project Manager from Parami Energy Group of Companies; Christopher Thurane Aung, New Business Development Director of Dagon Group of Companies and Jean-Jacques Largent, General Manager, BYMA. Other key sessions at the Myanmar Construction Summit 2013 include: Building Basics: Legal Considerations for Construction Businesses in Myanmar – Cheah Swee Gim, Director and Foreign Consulting Attorney, Kelvin Chia Yangon Key Considerations for Effective Cost Management (Applicable for Myanmar) and to Avoid Overruns in Construction Projects – Yen Kooi Ang, Director, Langdon & Seah (Thailand) Bird’s Eye View of the Current Myanmar’s Engineering & Construction Scene – Siddhartha Roy, Project Manager, Parami Energy Group of Companies Project & Materials Management for the Rollout of the Low Cost Housing Construction Project – Christopher Thurane Aung, New Business Development Director, Dagon Group of Companies
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Bangkok to construct 2.4-billionbaht flood tunnel
Bangkok hotel room up 12.1% with 6 new Bangkok hotels open first half 2013
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has signed a contract with three engineering companies under a budget of 2.48 billion baht to construct a mega-tunnel in the capital to relieve flood problems. Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra presided over the signing ceremony with representatives from Naowarat Patanakarn Company, Thai Engineering Consultants Company and Consulting Engineers Group. Under the project, a large tunnel will be built below the Bang Sue Canal to facilitate water flow from the Lat Phrao Canal into the Chao Phraya River. The governor said the construction of the tunnel will improve the capital’s drainage capacity, particularly in areas along the Bang Sue Canal. The project altogether costs 2.48 billion baht and will be completed by September 2016. The tunnel will have a distance of about 56 kilometers, spanning 6 districts, consisting of Huai Khwang, Din Daeng, Chatuchak, Phaya Thai, Dusit and Bang Sue. The move is set to solve sporadic flooding along major roads, such as Phaholyothin, Vibhavadi Rangsit and Kamphaeng Phet, during the rainy season
Thailand to invest in deep water port in Mozambique The Thai government is set to invest at least US$8 billion in the construction of a deep water port in the Zambezia province of Mozambique, which will have a rail link to the coalfields of the Tete province. “We have had success in investing in infrastructure and in development corridors and, in this context, we will invest in construction of a port in Macuse in Zambézia and a railway,” said Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, according to Macauhub News Agency. The project for construction of the deep water port in Macuse was first announced, in December 2011 by mining group Rio Tinto, which has a coal mine in Benga, in the Tete province, according to the Mozambican Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI). At the time, the director of CPI, Lourenço Sambo said that the project would involve an investment of US$8 billion, including, along with the port facility, construction of the Tete-Macuse railway, covering a total of 575km. Rail transport for coal mined in Tete is currently carried out along the Sena line, which links the province to the port of Beira, in Sofala province, and refurbishment work on that line and the port is affecting exports by mining groups operating in the region. As part of the official visit, the governments of Thailand and Mozambique signed five cooperation agreements, which included visa exemptions for diplomatic passports and development of activities in the oil and gas sector. Thai state oil company PTT Exploration has significant investments in the oil and gas sector in the Rovuma basin, in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique.
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Bangkok hotel rooms increased 12.1% year-on-year with the completion of six new hotels in the first half of 2013, lifting the total to 37,500 in downtown Bangkok, according to the latest survey by CBRE Thailand, a leading international property consultant. CBRE estimates that 4,400 rooms by the end of 2015 would raise total to almost 42,000 hotel rooms. This projection represents an 11.9% increase on current figures. Almost all of the new hotels are highrise buildings. The most popular area for hotel development remains the Ploenchit/ Sukhumvit area with 65% of the total hotel supply and four out of six new hotels opened in this area. The Silom/Sathorn area accounted for 21% of the total hotel stock while the Riverside area accounted for 14%. Approximately 2,250 new rooms at various levels of accommodation will be completed in the second half of 2013. CBRE said the level of competition due to new openings is still high, although the supply trend this year is certainly encouraging for the industry with the number of construction permits declining significant over the past two years. “The big challenge for hotel owners is to raise the room rates which have not grown significantly for the last five years. The second half of 2013 may finally see the growth in visitor arrivals out pacing new supply allowing owners to raise rates,” said James Pitchon, head of CBRE Research & Consulting, Thailand. He said there is a significant opportunity for economy hotels in Thailand as many more visitors want consistency in quality as well as value for money but currently there are a limited number of players with branded product in this market. Several hotel operators have announced plans to open budget hotels in Bangkok. Central Plaza Hotel (CENTEL), who are known as a high-end hotel operator in Thailand under the brand “Centara”, has jumped into this segment and introduced their new economy brand ”COSI”. The Erawan Group (ERW), a listed hotel developer, has also introduced their new budget hotel brand “Hop Inn”, targeting to open 30 ‘Hop Inn” hotels in Thailand. Bangkok Post
Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt believes that the construction of the BangkokUbon Ratchathani dual-track railway will be finished within 7 years. The comment came after Mr. Chadchart boarded a 3rd class diesel train in Bangkok bound for Surin province in a fact-finding mission about its service. The information will be used to support his decision whether to raise the fare on the 3rd class train as proposed. He revealed that although the trip took longer time, it was memorable and comfortable. He also took the opportunity to inform that the construction of dual-track railway will be implemented on five routes nationwide. The route between Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani Province will be in the 2nd phase of the project, which should be completed in 7 years. Thainews
Work on new Cambodia 22-storey hotel started The construction on the US$20 million 22-storey Toyoko Inn Hotel near the Hang Bridge has now started. The project is due to be completed in November 2014. Touch Somnang, the Project Manager for the Koh Pich development project, said the Toyoko Inn Hotel is a joint venture between OCIC Company and Japan’s Toyoko Inn Co, Ltd, which is well known in the hotel sector. He said work had been going smoothly on the project so far and the second floor has been completed. He added that constructing a 3-star hotel is not a problem. “I believe the project will be a success as the hotel is located in a good, beautiful place with plenty of fresh air,” he said. He added that only the hotel building alone will cost $20 million, but more will have to be spent on internal and external features. The Toyoko Inn Hotel is breing constructed on 1,223 square meters of land and will rise to 22 storeys with 304 rooms. It will be open
Thailand to build BKK-Ubon dual-track railway
to guests in 2015. There are now more than 500 hotels and more than 1,000 guesthouses in Cambodia. Luu Meng, president of the Cambodia Hotels Association, said the investment in hotel construction has increased continuously, particularly for small-scale hotels because large-scale ones take a long time to complete and the quality service for the sector is limited. He said that in Siem Reap there is need for 5-star hotel rooms, while in Phnom Penh the 3-star and 5-star hotels are more favoured.CNN
NGOs demand construction of Lower Mekong dam stopped
Over 140 NGOs have called on the Mekong River Commission to freeze all hydropower dam construction in the Lower Mekong River. “The degradation of fish production in the river can’t be replaced and the blockage of sediment will affect the fisheries resources in the river’s flood plain areas and the Great Lake of Cambodia,” according to an open letter signed by 149 international and local groups including
Adhoc, the 3S Rivers Protection Network, and the Fisheries Action Coalition Team. “[We] would like to request to the four MRC governments of the Lower Mekong mainstream not to construct any hydropower dam in the Mekong mainstream now or in the future,” the letter says. An estimated 80 per cent of the 60 million people living in the Lower Mekong River rely on it as a source of livelihood and food.
Clearly, the stakes are high, said Youk Senglong, a program director at FACT, who pointed out that there has been insufficient research by the companies involved in delineating the impacts of the dam construction. “We need a more highquality impact assessment, which is why we asked [in the open letter] for a delay in construction,” according toSenglong. Despite environmental groups lambasting their construction and a 1995 Mekong Treaty that requires consensus from the four affected governments, hydropower projects on the river’s mainstream have been moving forward. Construction has begun on Laos’ controversial Xayaburi dam, while the second of 11 planned mainstream dams, the Don Sahong, has also recently seen development. Te Navuth, secretary-general of the Cambodia National Mekong Committee, said no notification of any preliminary building at Don Sahong dam had been confirmed or received by the committee. “We are issuing a request to the committee’s Laos representatives” for further information about any preliminary building at Don Sahong dam, he said. Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia Booyoung Town moves slowly ahead Due to unsettled political conditions the plan to build the US$1.1 billion Booyoung Town commercial city and housing estate on Russian Federation Blvd near the 7 Makara Bridge is moving forward slowly. Despite the political situation, construction at Booyoung Town was slowly moving forward and the company’s machinery has been digging up the soil and preparing the foundations for the carparks under the commercial building, according to Geum Yeon Hwang, the General Manager of Booyoung Khmer Co,. “Now the company is considering the political situation and the real estate sector in Cambodia,” he said. “However, we expect that everything will be better soon. “We did not suspend the construction, but we are just doing it slowly and the entire project is scheduled to be completed within seven years, but things can change
depending on the situation.” While many Khmer people have not yet adopted the habit of living in condominiums, the builders think that will change in the near future as more projects come on the market. “This project is really in a good location and if they start work now it is good because when Cambodia is economically integrated into ASEAN in 2015, many investors will invest in Cambodia,” said Chroeuk Soknim, a Deputy Director of VTrust Group.The Booyoung Town project’s investors are
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the large multi-business South Korean Booyoung Group. The project was inaugurated on May 7, 2013, on a total area of more than 2 million square meters US$20 million and the company will construct 17,000 housing units, commercial and sport buildings and schools worth a total of more than $1.1 billion. In the first phase the company will build condos and commercial buildings on an area of 25,000 square metres with a $105 million investment. CCN
USD $80 billion needed for Cambodia city plan Phnom Penh’s days as Cambodia’s capital would be laid out to resemble the face of city are numbered if the secretary of state at a dragon. At the center of Dragon City, as the Ministry of Land Management, Urban its defining feature, will stand a 600-meter Planning and Commission had his way. tall building, which would be the world’s Mr. Sophoan, the secretary of state, has big second tallest if it is ever built. At the apex of that heavens-piercing plans for a new 35,000-hectare capital city north of Phnom Penh called “Samdech Techo Hun Sen Dragon City.” Mr. Sophoan claims the project has the nod from Prime Minister Hun Sen, and all he needs now is $80 billion to build it. “If we study the history of any country, after you have great progress and then stability, you must have a new city,” Mr. Sophoan explained at his office on Tuesday. … The mammoth city containing hundreds of www.americanexpatchiangmai.com buildings and high rises designed in a tower, Mr. Sophoan explained, will be Mr. sort of eclectic neo-Angkorian meets sci- Hun Sen’s headquarters, which the secretary fi movie style - would be strictly zoned of state has tentatively titled “Samdech into residential, commercial, cultural, Akeak Moha Senabakte Techor Hun Sen’s educational and tourist segments, which Imperial Residential.” …
Dragon City also would not be the first overly ambitious satellite city to fail. About a half-dozen similar de¬velopments, all much smaller in scope, have been proposed over the past decade, with none having yet been completed and many scaling back after discovering a lack of demand. One of the most high-profile satellites, the $1 billion CamKo City, broke ground in 2005 but ran into problems in 2011 amid accusations that its main South Korean investor was illicitly using deposited funds for business deals overseas. Another satellite city, CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat’s 800-hectare Garden City, broke ground in April and is set to include a convention center, a national sports stadium, two ports, a golf course and an industrial park. Surprisingly, the land Mr. Sophoan has demarcated for Hun Sen Dragon City actually encompasses Mr. Yong Phat’s land.
Vietnam construction firms report slowdown
Cement bags ready to be rolled out at the Viet Nam Cement Industry Corp. Cement production in January-August reached 33.32 million tonnes, equal to just 59.5 per cent of the annual target. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh
Companies under the Ministry of Construction reported that turnover of VND11.81 trillion (US$557 million), bringing the total for the first eight months to nearly VND94.84 trillion ($4.47 billion), down 7.2 per cent year-on-year. Of this total, the turnover of industrial and construction materials in the first eight months was VND38.895 trillion, up by 3.7 per cent, data from the ministry showed. Cement production in January-August reached 33.32 million tons, equal to 59.5 per cent of the annual target. The industry sold roughly 30.57 million tons of cement domestically and exported roughly 8.79 million tons in the first eight months, equal to 63 per cent of its annual target. During this period, the turnover from consulting services for the construction industry also fell by 6.6 per cent to VND832 billion. Earnings from other fields including housing and infrastructure also dropped 1.1 per cent to VND2.58 trillion. The industry’s import value in August was $34 million, making a total of $135 million for the same period. The imports were mainly machinery and equipment. The industry earned an export value of $114 million in eight months, equal to 67.8 per cent of its annual target. The ministry added that it will keep a close watch on the real estate and construction material markets and suggest more effective measures on how to improve management and boost growth to the state budget. Supervising the publishing of an index of construction prices in cities and provinces nationwide will also be undertaken to create a more competitive and transparent housing market, it said.VNS
Sihanoukville multi billion dollar development project 30 % complete Work is moving rapidly on Borey Koch Asia, with 30 percent of the multi-million dollar project complete. The first phase of construction, which consisted of a supermarket, flats, villas, road system and gardens, has been completed and the sixphase project has now entered its second phase, and work on flats, villas and a 17-storey hotel is 80 per cent complete. “Borey Koch Asia is a major development project in an onshore province,” said Borey Koch Asia project manager Tous Saphoeun. “This can compete with other projects in Asia in the future because its construction is focused on quality and attractiveness,” he said. “The project shines brightest in its infrastructure, quality, safety and location, which is close to the province’s commercial heart.” Borey Koch Asia is being built on 62 hectares of land in Mittapheap commune, Preah Sihanouk province, and is at the centre of the Sokha, Ek Kareach and O’Cheu Teal beaches. One of the project’s biggest selling points is its sprawling, twostorey supermarket with a retractable roof. Each floor will house 500 stores and the
centre’s parking lots will be able to cater to some 2,000 cars. Saphoeun said all of the villas built in the first phase have been sold, while around 40 per cent of the flats have been taken. Fifteen per cent and 30 per cent of the flats and villas being constructed in the second phase have already been snapped up. Prices for the flats range from $13,000 to $15,000, and the villas from $200,000 to $300,000. Three floors of the 5-star, 17-storey hotel have been built, according to Saphoeun. He added that the hotel will be completed by the end of 2015, but he declined to give a finish date for the entire project. Residential developments in Preah Sihanouk have been struggling recently as the supply of commercial developments has failed to rise to meet surging demand, according to Bunna Reality Group Co general manager Noun Rithy. Investors have bought large amounts of land there but the area’s status as a tourist hot spot means only projects like bungalows and villas, such as Borey BS, are met with interest. CNN
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The 10th Asia Pacific Business Forum
This prestigious event will bring together several prestigious speakers who will discuss the challenges and opportunities for connecting business in the Asia-Pacific region. The only speaker from the Philippines, Mr. Felix Richard A. Cordova (President and CEO of Edward Marcs Philippines) will share his thoughts on what labour, geographic, resources and policy factors are impacting the attractiveness of doingbusinesses in the region, specifically in regards to key sectors such as food, agriculture, fisheries and tourism. He will also discuss how the governments and businesses work together to ensure the development of a viable, competitive and the effect of climate change in vulnerable Pacific Island countries and how can these challenges be effectively addressed.
Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), which owns Bangkok’s metro network, has approved construction of the 21.6km Brown Line for an estimated Baht 45 billion (USD 1.45 billion) The route will be developed as a monorail and will include 22 stations, running from Kae Rai via Ngam Wong Wan Road and Kaset-Navamin Road to Lam Salee. It will offer interchanges with the planned 35.5km Pink Line at Kae Rai, which will also be a monorail with a tender set to be announced by the end of September, the under-construction 23.5km Purple Line, which is due to open in 2015, on Rattanathibet Road, the planned Red Line commuter service at Bang Khen prison, and the Green Line at Kasetsart University. MRTA confirmed that it plans to use pillars built by Expressway Authority of Thailand in the middle of Kaset-Navamin Road for the project after an elevated highway extension project was abandoned in favour of the monorail. The Brown Line plan has been submitted to the Transport Ministry in September for final approval, and if secured, design work is expected to be completed in 2016 with a tender for the construction contract expected to be announced in 2017. The line will take three years to build and is scheduled to open in 2021. Meanwhile, C H Karchang Public Company, which secured the Baht 13.17bn (USD 423m) civil works contract for the 12.6km extension of Bangkok Metro’s Green Line in March 2012, and the Baht 2.24bn trackwork contract earlier this year, has awarded Alstom a €14m contract to design and construct trackwork and a third-rail electrification system. The extension will add nine stations to the line from its existing terminus at Bearing to Samutpakran and will carry up to an additional 57,000 passengers per day. Alstom will also design and construct a new depot for 40 three-car trains which will serve the extended line. Construction of the Green Line extension is due to commence by the end of 2014 and be completed in 2017.
Thailand gears up for solar rooftop electricity
MRTA approves Bangkok’s Brown Line monorail
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a group of alternative energy operators and the Federation of Thai Industries, organised a seminar to create awareness, interest and understanding of rooftop photovoltaic power stations. It attracted over 200 solar cell installers, suppliers and representatives of various buildings and factories. Kawin Thangsupanich, secretary-general of the ERC, expects strong interest in rooftop solar stations due to the incentives offered by the state, such as the power purchase rate based on actual production cost, known as the feed-in tariff (FiT), for three categories. The FiT for homes has been set at Bt6.96 per unit, for small commercial buildings at Bt6.55 and for medium-to-large commercial buildings at Bt6.16, as of the scheduled commercial operation date (SCOD). As the timeframe for this rooftop solar project is not long, the SCOD might be extended by 30 days. If there are unavoidable problems that may impede many solar farm installations, the ERC will propose to the Energy Ministry and the Cabinet to allow the project’s deadline to be extended to December 31 if necessary. The average electricity production cost was calculated by the ERC at about Bt60,000 for each kilowatt rooftop solar cell panel installed, which can generate 1,300 units of electricity a year. The average annual revenue is about Bt8,000-Bt9,000. Operators can look forward to recouping their investment in six to seven years. The investment is quite high compared to revenue, but from a perspective of 25 years, which is the project’s electricity sale contract period, the project will prove to be worthwhile pricewise and will contribute to Thailand’s electricity stability, as the current electricity rate collected is Bt3.75 per unit.
PH paint industry looks bright Imagine a world without paint. Colorless, bland. By: BG Ellorin
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Since 1911, the Philippine Paint Industry has literally brought color and surface protection to structures, industrial machineries and transportation. Paints do have multiple uses. As protection of buildings against weather and against rusting for metal structures and objects. It is also used to make objects and surfaces more attractive. Art works need paints. And among the medium of public information dissemination by means of painted signs. Fast forward to the present, the countryâ€™s paint industry has a capacity of over 250,000 liters of per year. According to the Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika (Chemical
The Philippines also represent a lively market to look for in the future. This is an industry in which local partners are usually sought, rather than direct participation on the part of the paint companies. The Philippines offer a broad spread of opportunities for the coatings industry, especially in terms of civil construction, architectural, marine and protective applications.
Industries Association of the Philippines), there are estimated to be over 100 direct manufacturers, 67 of which are considered significant in size. The members of the sector own total assets estimated to be about P4.5 billion. According to the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM), 50 percent of paint consumption is solvent based, 48 percent water based and the remaining two percent goes for other coatings. PAPM now has 72 member companies. Demand growth rate is 5-6 percent per year according to 2011 estimates by the PAPM. With the emerging economic integration of the Southeast Asia and solid economic growth of the region, the Philippine paint industry is looking not just at the domestic market but also to the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) markets. There is no distinction between interior and exterior paint here in the Philippines. The majority of the paints sold are used for both applications. Water-based coatings make up 40 percent of the market, and these are dominated by 100% acrylic and vinyl acetate/acrylic. On the other hand, alkyl coatings dominate the solvent sector and these are used on wood and metal surfaces. The overall quality of paints produced in the Philippines is one of the best in Asia. (Source: Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika)
Demand for architectural paints will continue to increase with more buildings rising up, especially in the country’s growth centers. Metro Manila-based paint companies may continue to enjoy brisk business as it continues to be the construction hub of the country. Not to mention that the country’s biggest construction firms are based in Manila where decisions for bulk orders for big projects are traditionally made. But the Visayas and Mindanao markets are not very far behind. Cebu and Davao cities are showing sustained economic growths in the last five years or so. Developments in Cagayan de Oro and General Santos cities in Mindanao and Bacolod and Ilo-ilo in the Visayas have given the paint industry additional markets. In fact, a Cebu-based company that produces the Island paint brand have played well with industry leaders focusing by mainly on the Visayas and Mindanao markets. With consumers now more conscious about the environment, there is a foreseeable increase in demand for water-based paints. In fact major industry players have rolled out ‘green’ paint products to cater to this demand and to differentiate their products from competition. Regionally, solid economic growth in Southeast Asia countries and in general the Asia-Pacific region has given industry
players the confidence to invest not just in product innovation but advanced production technologies. The paint industry is however not without competition and constraints. As a petrololeum-based industry it is affected by the upward trend in raw materials prices. The Philippine paint industry’s raw materials is 90 percent imported, making it also vulnerable to volatile movements of foreign exchange. Development of other coating products and paint substitutes have also provided competition to the paints. Paint product improvement and innovation has to be sustained to address the trend towards use of glass, wallpapers, aluminum claddings and even clothe as coatings. Aware of these realities, the PAPM has been working with the Surface Coating Research Development Center to upgrade product standards. According to an article published by Coatings World (www.coatingsworld.com), “The Philippines also represent a lively market to look for in the future. This is an industry in which local partners are usually sought, rather than direct participation on the part of the paint companies. The Philippines offer a broad spread of opportunities for the coatings industry, especially in terms of civil construction, architectural, marine and protective applications.”
Outlook The paint industry which is largely connected to the construction industry can foresee solid business growth with the good performance of the domestic economy. In fact the construction sub-sector is one of the biggest gainers in the country’s recent stellar economic growth. Overall, the industry sector, composed of mining, manufacturing and construction has grown by 10.9 percent in 2012. www.jozifoodiefix.blogspot.com
Milestones of the Philippine Paint Industry (Excerpted from http://papmpaints.org) 1911
• The Philippine Paint Industry started. A Spanish owned factory was established.
• Post war construction period triggered the rapid growth of local paint industry. • Foreign investment and joint ventures started.
• Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM) was created.
• Eighteen paint companies were reported by the National Economic Council.
• The local paint manufacturers grew to 75
• PAPM was incorporated and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Non-Stock, Nonprofit organization.
• The Paint Industry Journal - an official publication of PAPM was published. • The PAPM condominium and office was bought, to house a permanent secretariat under the term of Pres. Francisco Sanz
• 1st PAPM Paint Technology Course was formally opened on June 17, 1989 at Mapua Institute of Technology. • PAPM finished the standardization of 5 paints (Flat Latex,Flatwall Enamel,Quick Dry Enamel,Exterior Gloss, Gloss Enamel) in May 1989 • PAPM-BOI Export Committee was formed in April’ 89
• PAPM started to formulate the next six set of products to be standardized with BPS namely: Toy Enamel Gloss/ Semi Gloss Latex, Traffic Paints, Clear Furniture Lacquer, Metal Primer and Roof Paint. • PAPM formed committee on foreign grant to help fund the testing lab for the paint industry • PAPM established communications with the Bureau of Customs, the Tariff Commision and the BIR
• The construction industry underwent a major slump as the country experienced waves of social & political problems. Most of the paint companies were affected.
• There was continuation of standardization of other paints namely: Chlorinated Rubber Based Reflectorized Traffic Paint, White & Yellow, Metal Primers, Waterbased Roof Paints,Portland Cement Roof Paint • PAPM and EO 413 modifying the rates of import duties and nomenclature of certain imported articles under section 104 of the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978 (PD No. 1464), as amended. • The Memorandum Order No. 315 , that the EO No. 413 was held in abeyance • PAPM was actively involved in business meetings with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Industries and other industry associations to coordinate moves in tackling the solutions to economic problems • The basic paint course was offered to both Mapua and UST students to increase and prepare qualified students for paint industry • PAPM set links with international associations like the Federation of Paints Societies of USA, Oil and
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Chemist Associations of UK, and the Paint Technology Society of Australia in order to strengthen information exchange.
• The SCRDC was established in October 1991 primarily to promote the general welfare and interest of the surface coating industry. • It was the year of survival due to uncertainly of raw material supply, war in gulf , construction slow down, limited foreign exchange , marginal deposits on LC’s, high interest rates, high inflation , limited available skilled chemists, slow development of indigenous raw materials.
• PAPM took part in the 22nd ASEAN Chemical Industries Club (ACIC) Board of Directors’ Meeting and Conference sponsored by SPIK (Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Industriyang Kimika) in Cebu City. • The RA 6969 was introduced to the PAPM (Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990) • A proposal for the creation of an ASEAN Paint Manufacturers Federation in preparation for the implementation of ASEAN Free Trade (AFTA) • PAPM Technical Committee assisted BPS to encourage the association members to obtain Philippine Standard Mark (PS) approval.Product Standards were patterned after the ASTM,Federal Specifications and ISO 9000 standards. • A Paint Testing Lab Accreditation to interested PAPM members were offered.
• PAPM installed of a simultaneous faxing facility at the PAPM secretariat • There was efficient internal communication of PAPM and
government agencies like ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Commission, Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) , Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI ) , Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) • PAPM attended regular meetings of the G-II where the government conducts dialogues with the private sector through 11 primary industries in the country. • Decisives steps to improve standards of a locally produced paints in comparison with imported market brands and lobbied for the standardization of paints and varnishes with BPS and ITDI were introduced. • First 3 paint manufacturers who have acquired PS Marks by the BPS namely Sinclaire (Phils.) Fuller O Brien and Dutch Boy Phils. • A mutual and Beneficial cooperation between Japanese counterparts in the Paint Industry and PAPM Officers and Boards of Directors for linkages between Japan and Philippines.
• Finalization of PAPM Code of Ethics that will govern the industry and designed to serve the stockholders of PAPM, namely its members, customers, the community and the government. • The association took a stand against Senate Bill No. 854 and BIR Regulation 6-94, An act providing a price increase information law to the industry. PAPM opposes bill. •Special Projects Committee joined the Ecological Resource Recovery with the Recycling Movement of the Phils., Inc. (RMP). • Quality Paints Packaging Project was launched.
• PAPM signed up cooperation with SCRDC - Surface Coatings Research and Development Center • 1st PAPM Member to be ISO Certified-Rohm & Haas Phils. On January ‘95 then followed by • 2nd PAPM Member to be ISO Certified-BASF Coatings & Inks Phils. In February ‘95
•PAPM joins Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Industriyang Kimika (SPIK) exhibit called “Pride of the Philippines” at Shangri-la Plaza as part of EDSA Revolution Anniversary Celebration. •Aims to be a key player in the ASEAN region with a 3 key directions for the industry a. Unify the Paint Industry b. Strengthen hold on the domestic market c. Go Export • An Export Education Program was launched •The launching of SCRDC projects “Performance Study of Local Organic Coating in the Philippine Environment”
•1st Philippine Paint Show in October 1996 (PAPMEX ) under Pres. Jose Sy • Pres. Fidel V. Ramos inducted PAPM President Jose Sy. And the other PAPM Board Members in Malacañang • 1st Advanced Course in the Paint Technology entitled “Corrosion Monitoring by Electrochemical Impedence Methods. • Signed up partnership with SCRDC on the 5 year exposure on various paints. •The Manual of Paint Technology Course was completed.
•There was a declaration of Pres. Fidel V. Ramos that the 1st week of October every year is the “Philippine Paint Industry Week (PPIW) under proclamation Order 1090 • 1st Philippine Conference on Paint Technology entitled “New Trends in Paint Technology”
• Advanced Coatings Program for senior chemists, to provide a forum where they can interact and be trained on more complex technical issues. • A new format of Basic Paint Technology Course was introduced and included a “Hands-On training format for students. •Both technical course were accredited by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) and the Professional Regulatory Board (PRC) • The TESDA and Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) worked with PAPM to professionalize the practice and standards of Filipino Painters through the “Painters ID” training program.
• Asian currency crisis affected industry • Creation of the PAPM Credit Bureau System-a system wherein companies would come together and share credit information on customers and other paint associates. • Creation of the Unified Purchasing Program-a unified program where companies can purchase as one buying block to avail of bulk discounts.
•The “Asia-Pacific Coatings Show’’ was held in Manila last March 1999.It is a first in the Philippine Paint Industry history • A Multi Sectoral cooperation was established , Business Agenda 21, a UNDP Program handled by Philippine Business Environment (PBE) with PAPM.
• The 1st PAPM Factbook 2000 was printed. • The creation of PAPM website (www. papm-paints.org ) • PAPM Charter Change-1st amendment of the By-laws of PAPM • PAPM hosted the 6th Asian Paint Industry Council (APIC) Millennium Conference in November 2000 • More Technical Training Programs (Kaizen, ISO, TQM, Basic & Advanced Coating Seminars, Exporting and Responsible Care). • A “Hands-on’’Training on “Design and Analysis of Experiments “ which ran for 40 hours from April 6 to June 24, was organized by the technical committee.
• Participation of PAPM in EXPOKIMIKA Exhibit, Paint Show in Tokyo, Japan, Asia-Pacific Coatings Show in Singapore and Chem Asia Trade & Technology Exhibit.
PH paint industry leader works for more excellent products As a leading brand in the Philippine paint market, Boysen® is not resting on its laurels. By: BG Ellorin The company which started as a repacker of paint and lacquer thinners under the trade name Columbus in 1953 is continuing to innovate its products to address general and niche consumer needs. Manufactured by Pacific Paint Philippines, Inc. Boysen® has a comprehensive line of architectural coatings for both exterior and interior applications. It also offers paints with special finishes. Listed in its website: http://www.boysen.com.ph are 13 product categories. To further enamor Boysen® to its already established consumer base, the company has introduced innovations to its products. These innovations add functionality especially to their premium products, such as air purifying, heat-reflecting and self-cleaning properties of its coatings. These add-ons to Boysen® products assures customers of more value for their money.
Across all market segments, Boysen® can accurately claim to have affordable paints for the general consumer.
To differentiate it from its competitors, Boysen® innovations are not limited to adding twists to their products, but also on the constant development of new products to suit specific market needs, especially with the emerging demand for environmentfriendly or green paints. One of the green paints rolled out by Boysen® is the KNOxOUTTM Air Cleaning Paint which has been named this year as one of Asia’s Six Best Innovations by the National Geographic Channel’s “InnovAsians” series. Through constant progress and innovation, Boysen® keeps elevating the level of confidence bestowed by its
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Engineer Ruben Cueto, VP for Marketing, Pacific Paint (Boysen®) Philippines Inc.
One of the green paints rolled out by Boysen® is the KNOxOUT Air Cleaning Paint which has been named this year as one of Asia’s Six Best Innovations by the National Geographic Channel’s “InnovAsians” series.
customers. Another advantage is having the country’s biggest and most modern paint manufacturing facility, placing the company at an even better position to service its customers nationwide with a reliable supply and consistent product quality of Boysen® Paints.
In its six decades existence in the Philippine market, Boysen® has gained consumer trust because of its excellent product quality and constant innovation. The brand in fact can lay claim to being synonymous to having the best value for money in that paint market. Boysen’s customers range from developers, professionals, painters, architects, interior designers, specifiers and the like and end-users. For Boysen® KNOxOUTTM, consumer segment may include: environmental advocates and corporations, as part of their CSR activities. Boysen’s Technical Service Department frequently gives product seminars and paint training/consultation for painters, distributors and professionals. For public online platforms, the company answer e-mail inquiries and is active on Facebook and Twitter. Boysen® also has easy-to-use tools like Mix-and-Match Online, Interactive Product Usage, Choose your Paint and Paint Calculator in its website.
In its quest to help clean polluted air in the country, Boysen® together with
the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority have launched Boysen® KNOxOUTTM Project: EDSA or Everyone Deserves Safe Air, an urban renewal initiative which uses Boysen® KNOxOUTTM air cleaning paint on eight massive artworks measuring 8,000 square meters located at the country’s busiest and most polluted stretch of road. In an unprecedented fusion of art and Filipino-made technology, the project upon completion is expected to result in a 20 percent reduction of air pollution in EDSA. More than a year after its launch, the world has caught on the good deeds of the initiative with features from Aljazeera, Reuters, BBC, National Geographic Channel, etc. In its most impressive accolade received to date, Boysen® thru its ad agency TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno bagged the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity Silver trophy for Boysen® KNOxOUTTM Project: EDSA. Along with the Silver, other recent wins for TBWA\SMP for Project EDSA are the Silver Pencil at One Show, a Gold and a Bronze at the Asian Marketing Effectiveness Awards, and a Gold at the UA&P Tambuli Awards 2013. Equally important is the Readers’ Digest Trusted Brand Platinum award which had been voted in by consumers. Proudly enough, this is the eighth straight year for Boysen® to receive the distinction– a testament to the Boysen® brand standing in the market.
Boysen® Philippines has exported different paint products to countries like China and Brunei and territories like Saipan, Guam, and Palau. For special paints like Boysen® KNOxOUTTM the company have recently opened distributorships in the USA and Iran. Aside from these two countries, Boysen® KNOxOUTTM has also established distribution partners in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia; with negotiations ongoing for other countries. According to Engineer Ruben Cueto, vice president for marketing Pacific Paint (Boysen®) Philippines, Inc., “We expect volume to increase every year as we are set to expand the distribution network of Boysen® KNOxOUTTM to other countries this year. Pacific Paint (Boysen®) Philippines, Inc. was founded in 1953 as repacker of Columbus paint and lacquer thinners. In 1960, the company acquired the license to manufacture BOYSEN® Paints in the Philippines from the Walter N. BOYSEN® Company of Oakland, California, USA. Originally symbolized by an American eagle from its mother brand, Pacific Paint (BOYSEN®) Philippines, Inc. adapted the use of the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) not only to localize the brand but also be a source of national pride. Now, after six decades of existence, the Boysen® brand continues to be one of the most iconic symbols in the country.
Boysen Plant November-December 2013
Island Paints is ‘quality you can see’ Like its humble beginning, Treasure Island Industrial Corporation is unfazed by competition from the paint industry’s big boys. By: BG Ellorin
The Cebu-based company has carved its name as one of the dominant players in the country’s paints and chemicals industry. Treasure Island Manufacturing Corporation manufactures the Island Paints. Island Paints has a wide array of coatings for architectural, industrial, automotive , marine and high performance paints. These paints are manufactured in their factory Cabangcalan, Mandaue City in Cebu. It has also partnered with Transocean Marine Paint to add to its list of coating products.
Island Paints offer a wide array of architectural coatings to meet demands for internal and external finishings. Its interior coating products include
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primers, oil-based, solvent-based and waterbased paints and fillers. For exterior coatings, Island Paints offers primers, solvent-based and water-based paints and fillers. Island Paints also cater to wood floor coating with its varnish products, and epoxy-based coatings for concrete floors. For waterproofing, Island Paints has elastomeric and hydrobond waterproofing products. Island Paints Marketing Manager Bill Ong said that architectural coatings form the
We can meet the demand for industrial coatings. We offer what the competition can offer and what our clients needs
competition can offer and based on our clients’ needs,” Ong said.
biggest chunk of their production and sales. Asked how they fare in the paint market, Ong said that they are comfortable with their market share. As locally-grown company, Island Paints claims to offer quality products at a lower price. “We can safety say our products are 5 percent lower compared to competition,” Ong said. Asked if the construction boom in Metro Cebu has given them windfall of sales and profits, Ong said that they still have to see its impact. The constraint he said is that major contractors in Cebu are Manila-based, and it is in Metro Manila where supply contracts are made. “We would have wanted to get a bigger share of the market and hopefully more people will patronize our products,” Ong said, while explaining that since their company ventured into paints manufacturing, they have focused on the Visayas and Mindanao markets. But even with that, Island Paints said Ong is still comfortable with their production and sales targets. “Maybe our market can be classified as the grassroots, the household level, those
making their houses in the communities,” Ong said. Aside from Cebu, solid economic growth Bacolod and Ilo-ilo cities in the Visayas and Davao, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos in Mindanao has provided the much needed space for them to expand.
We would have wanted to get a bigger share of the market and hopefully more people will patronize our products
Island Paints also offer a comprehensive list of industrial, automotive metal coatings -- from primers, top coats and fillers. It also offer high performance primers and top coats. Coming from the shipping hub of the country, Island Paints offers marine acrylic and marine enamel products for ship owners. The company also distributed high quality marine paints from the Nethedlandsbased Transocean Marine Paints. “We can meet the demand for industrial coating. We too can offer what the
Treasure Island Industrial Corporation started with repacking denatured alcohol in 1951. The patriarch of the company Ong Lian Siong started repacking what turned out to be a household name for denatured alcohol the Flying Tiger with a meager capital of P50,000.00. In 1966, the company ventured into chemical repacking and in 1974 it diversified to can manufacturing. By 1976, Treasure Island Industrial Company was formally established and registered. Followed by Hundred Island Chemical Corporation in 1983 and the Styropack Industrial Corporation in 1987. It was in 1994 that the company went full steam in paints manufacturing.
Since its founding in 1951, Treasure Island diversified its product offerings and expanded its geographical coverage in the Visayas and Mindanao. Its commitment to product quality had earned the company the ISO 9001 Certification. Right now, with the company getting bigger and the market getting more complex, Ong admits that they have to adapt to challenges. “We are a family company, and everything else is done the family way,” said Ong, adding that perhaps, divine providence have seen them through the years. Right he added, they are focusing on organizational development and installing policies and systems that would make it more competitive. “I think we are doing good. And as we say in Treasure Island, ‘Qaulity you can see,” said Ong in an interview in their none ostentatious company headquarters in the North Reclamation Area of Cebu City.
Omni Global Builders and Dev’t Corp:
Building projects by heart Started only in ’11 but projects grow consistently By Ed Velasco
When Omni Global Builders and Development Corp. was set up in 2011, the main thrust of the firm was to help Filipinos build their dream house. The firm’s four executives who invested hard-earned savings to put up the firm are happy with the steady flow of clients in the last two years. “Ours is not just to build projects through tools, machines and expertise; we build it by heart,” Dick Or, the firm’s vice president, told Philippine Construction and Design in a roundtable interview. He admitted that their firm is still very young compared to their rivals but assured that expertise and knowledge wise, they have enough to meet every clients’ needs. Now with over 10 employees, Omni, according to Or, is considered “small but terrible” because it has done a lot of vertical projects. “For the moment we don’t have horizontal projects. We deal more with residential, and compact building-type projects,” he added.
Truly, the P5 million start-up capital the four men put up has gone a long way and expected to go further with more and more people want to built houses. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) comprise the bulk of their clientele. Many now have opted to invest hard earned money to decent houses for their families and in preparation for retirement. “Since all the projects we have done
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Ours is not just to build projects through tools, machines and expertise; we build it by heart
--- Dick Or
since the beginning are private and as of the moment no government projects as we are not yet triple A rated,” he said. Since 2011, Omni’s most expensive project so far was a P80-million multi-level apartment in Cubao, Quezon City. Given that quite expensive vertical project, the company executive said they can build at least three to four projects with this value simultaneously in a month. However, Omni is not closing its doors to horizontal projects because in due time they know that their firm will grow. This expectation, the official added, is not yet determined when it would happen as for the moment Omni is expected to accommodate all vertical projects that clients would prefer. Or said so far of the 5,300 accredited contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways, only very few are triple A rated. This indicates that achieving that triple A is not easy to get. When asked about sales figures, Or said the P80 million is the project cost, and it will be lessened by the labor cost, engineering fee and architectural fee. There are a handful engineers and architects in Omni’s workforce as the firm prefers to outsource every time a need arises. Aside from Or, two other persons make Omni what it is today. They are Patrick Chin, president and Mike Li, operations manager. The three decided to pool their resources on hopes that the Philippine construction market will always be a sunrise market. For the top three men at Omni, they admit their firm is still very young when it comes to projects built but their experience when still at previous firms is countless. Li, for instance, has done over 40 big projects since finishing civil
engineering from a respected university in Baguio City.
Young but not discounted
The three were able to cross borders— defy their being a newbie in the industry and the limitation of workers, all in the hope that it’s not the number but the efficiency that counts most. And they didn’t fail as two years after, clients after clients come knocking at their door and ask if they can do their preferred house. Fortunately, almost all of the projects are vertical, which is the specialty of Omni. What is more amazing it the firm is able to deliver projects on time—with only a handful of employees and only hiring additional workers when needed. “For us it’s not the number of people that make an organization or company grow but the dedication, hard work and sincerity,” Or, who obtained his civil engineering degree from the UST, said. He added that unlike in Hong Kong, where he lives when he is outside the Philippines, the potential of the Philippines for more projects is perfect because the land area of the country is still wide. “That’s why we are here. We want to take part in the transformation of this nation to a more conducive environment for those who want to call their house a home,” he said. Or is a pure Chinese but he is a pure filipino by hearth and soul. “The only Chinese in me is my passport. My family is here. I studied here. I will stay here for the rest of my life,” he assured. He had very high confidence in the construction business here. In fact he said “business is always good.” Clinging on this adage, Omni can take advantage of this because for every house they build, they turn it over as a home.
Every project is by heart
“Because we do it by heart; when we turn over the structure to the owner, it is already a home,” Or said. But it’s not always a happy tale for Omni because like any other builder or contractor, they also encounter problematic clients. “We also suffer from delayed payment. Some want to change designs midway in the construction. We cannot avoid that because they are clients,” said Li, the top engineer of Omni. Both Or and Li said that problems arising from nosy clients should make any firm stronger and not discouraged because it’s a part of every company’s existence. “We always look for win-win solution.” Fortunately, we never fail because our heart is intended to build trust and relationship. “Our mission is we build a house and we turn it over as a home. That is our marching order,” Or said. So far, the three recent projects of Omni happened to be also the biggest. These were the P80-million, 2,500-square meter Cristobal Place in Cubao, Quezon City; a 700-sq. m. residential in Antipolo City at P30 million; and a 300-sq. m. in Commonwealth Quezon City. “We expect that more will come because the possibilities are endless in the construction industry. The potential of this industry in this country is so big. There is no limit, it’s the clients that set the limit,” Or said. The Omni executive said the guiding principle of the company is do every project to the best of their ability and it’s up to the client if they will be satisfied or not. “We always treat every project as our own. That’s why we don’t have a hard time completing it with full of passion. That’s our calling and we intend to do that for our entire existence,” Or said.
Weaving into the country’s development fabric The economic growth in the 1990s brought the challenge to adopt modern, durable and economical building materials.
By: BG Ellorin
ith wood-based raw materials affected by the strains of too much extraction of natural resources, developing metal-based alternatives has become an imperative. In 1990, Philsteel Holdings Corporation thought of rolling out a subsidiary – Philmetal to pioneer in the country high quality metal building materials. Philmetal today is the leading supplier of roofing, cladding, floor decking, ceiling grid and steel sections requirement for projects spanning the industrial, commercial down to mass housing subsectors of the construction industry. Among Philmetal’s partners are leading developers and contractors like DMCI, Filinvest Land, Ayala Land, Homemark, Metro Stonerich, EEI Corp., MDC Buildplus and CE Construction.
Depot project by producing 345 feet single span roof – the world’s longest.
The company uses top of the line equipment from some of the world’s best tool producers. Philmetal’s equipment can cater to the client’s overall needs from customized production to installation and after sales service. It has truly evolved into the country’s first one-stop-shop for metal building products and services.
In 1992, the company introduced onsite roll-forming to cater to the demand for very long span roofing products. Living witnesses of this milestone are the Toyota auto assembly plant and the SM Central Depot in Sucat, Parañaque. Philmetal in fact established a world record for roll-forming in the SM Central
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Backed by solid performance in producing and supplying metal-based building materials, Philmetal inevitably grew in leaps and bounds. Aside from expanding its market reach, it had also acquired new technologies that would enable it to maintain its industry leadership. Its Carmona Plant was expanded and duplicated in several key cities in the country to provide easy market reach and increase production output. The company now has 10 manufacturing plants and 14 sales offices nationwide. Philmetal today serves the construction industry nationwide with branches, offices and affiliates in key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
After more than 20 years, Philmetal has woven itself not just into the fiber of the construction industry but to the whole
development journey of the country. As a subsidiary of Philsteel Holdings adhere to the values of competence, performance, quality, integrity, teamwork, care and concern for people and social responsibility. According to Philsteel Holdings Chairman and CEO Abeto A. Uy said: I have always contended that steel is a barometer of how far we, as a country have come. And how much further we can go. And the more developed and advanced the steel product, so too is its people’s quality of life. “If the Philippines is to take a step towards modernization, it is imperative to uplift the steel industry.”
Philmetal has invested heavily in modern tooling equipment and outfitted with proper tools and safety personal protective equipment in creating the Installation Department. The Department provides expert professional services in the specialized field of metal roof fascia, cladding, ceiling panels and metal decking installation. It is composed of teams, with each being headed by a highly trained licensed engineer or an architect for roof, cladding and metal decking floor systems installation. The Department conducts actual measurement at site and provides warranty on its completed jobs within one year from date of substantial completion.
The Structural and Technical Design Group provides appropriate design needs of the customer in the structural analysis of metal decking design, metal roof rainfall capacity rates, and metal roof wind up-lift calculation. The group provides further professionally drawn shop drawings and detailing works.
Products and services According to its website www.philsteelgroup.com/ philmetal, the company is into: roll-forming, slitting,
shearing and fabrication of metal building products and systems such as roofing (Spandek, Spandek Curve, Durawide, Spanlok, Flexi-crimp, Econocorr, Econocurve, Kliplok, Crimplok, Megadek, SuperVDek, Super V Crimp, Tiara Wavetile, Siena Ribtile, Rusko, Steeltile and Milano); cladding (EZ Clad, Versaclad and Panel Rib); floor decking (Steeldek I, II, III, IV); steel framing system and a host of steel sections and bended accessories that are integral part of these items.
Equipped with an automatic uncoiler and recoiler, the slitting line can slit coils with thickness ranging from 0.30mm to 2.00mm. SPECIFICATIONS: Line Speed - 50m to 120m per minute Coil Width - 300mm to 1220mm Coil Thickness Range - 0.30mm to 2.00mm Coil Capacity - 12 tons maximum Slit Number - 9 to 12 pieces maximum Minimum Slitted Width - 50mm Coil Inner Diameter - 490mm-500mm Mother Coil Width - 915mm, 1220
Philmetal’s shearing line can cut and flatten steel/metal based materials with thickness ranging from 0.30mm to 2.00mm Specifications: Line Speed: 12 meters/minute Thickness Range: 0.20mm to 2.00mm Uncoiler Loading Capacity: 6tons maximum Coil Inner Diameter: 490mm - 500mm Coil Width: 915mm, 1220mm
Philmetal has the capacity of bending services to desired shapes and specifications. It is equipped with bending facilities that can service any base metal material from a thickness range of 0.30 mm to 1.20 mm of 2.44m, 3.66m, and up to 6.0m length for different shapes for light and heavy gauges.
Project cost estimate
Philmetal’s Estimating Department provides free and reliable project cost estimates. Staffed with rigidly trained engineers and architects specialized in the fields of roof coverings, fascia, cladding and metal decking, the Department conducts quantity take-offs from plans and actual measurements.
Galvabond steeldecking for floor slab Product name: Steeldek I
Product description Guaranteed made from high tensile steel providing stronger resintance on construction deformation and wider temporary support spacing down control stage. The trapezoidal flute contributes to concrete savings and making the floor slabs system lighter and stronger than most convetional slabs. Low to high rise buildings within the RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL segments; Pan Type; 2” Rib Height
Tallest rib deck profile in the market providing superior unsupported span during construction stage. Perfect for heavy commercial and industrial where wider beam support spacing is significant factor in the design. Bridge Deck; 58mm Depth; Vertical 90 degrees Rib. This is the metal decks supporting the South Luzon Express Way Skyway Phase 2 from Bicutan to Alabang. Provides formworks/ reinforecents/support to 10” to 14” of concrete and help finish the SLEX Skyway in record time. During concrete pouring, in provided the record of no leaking of cement to the lower portions.
Project management is a structured way of achieving success. Modern project management techniques enable managers to achieve goals more efficiently and within its time frames.
The Art of Project Management T
he Project Management Institute defines project the discipline of project management as follows: â€œProject management is the art of directing and coordinating human and material resources throughout the life of a project by using modern management techniques to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, cost, time, and quality and participation satisfaction.â€? Construction project management requires the skills of modern management as well as a good understanding of the design and construction process. A defined set of objectives and the limitations of a time frame for completion are primary distinguishing characteristics of construction management. While the management of construction projects might differ in relevant technology and its institutions or processes with specialty projects, such as pharmaceutical and energy development, the management is in many respects similar. In general the difference between project management and general management of corporations is the mission-oriented nature of a project. A project organization ends when the mission is achieved. The general management of business and industrial corporations, in contrast, has a broader outlook with greater continuity of
operations. However there are enough similarities as well as differences between the two disciplines that modern management techniques developed for general management is also deemed applicable for project management. General management skills with special knowledge about the project are essential. Computer science and decision science also play an important role. Computerbased information systems and decision support systems are now standard tools for general management. Likewise linear programming and network analysis and many operations research techniques are now widely used in many knowledge or application domains. Project management in organizations is now critical for modern managers to add as part of their management bag of techniques due to fierce market competition. Project management enables an organization to achieve its goals with improved efficiency and within its required time frame. Project management uses a number of management tools such as budgeting, efficient allocation of resources, etc., to be able to achieve goals within a shorter period of time. Project management enables organizations to provide higher quality of products, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and efficiency in
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business, mitigation of risks involved and in general, a successful business. Project management measures potential risks and finds solutions. It defines the difference between success and failure of an organization. It is a plan that provides a solid footing in the climb to the ladder of success. Each and every organization has to create its own unique and specific plan to achieve its goals and objectives. There is no one-size-fits-all plan that can fit all.
Project management is important because it gives management a roadmap to success. It allows the management to effectively use available resources and the methods to use these effectively. Resources are utilized more effectively with a road map on hand. Project management enables managers to identify irrelevant expenses prior to launching a project thus reducing wastage of resources and provides greater cost effectiveness control throughout the life of project.
Project management is able of provide improved quality control thus guaranteeing quality of products in constant check. This ensures improved productivity in relation to quality and quantity. The company
earns goodwill with customer satisfaction. Satisfied customers are retained and new ones added with the trustworthy quality of products.
Project management minimizes risk. All businessâ€™ is constantly faced with risks due to many reasons. But with a business strategy in place, evaluating risks is easier. A good manager is able to better analyze and plan, mitigating risks while maintaining fair business competition. Loop holes and potential threats are identified ahead of time with the help of project management techniques. Once identified, management can then take decisions to remove risks, confront productivity and business interests in general.
Organizations maintain its specific goals and objectives that provide the basis for earning of profits and growth. Project management provides the means for achieving targets in a structured way. It provides managers the choice of strategies to use to achieve goals in the fastest and most effective way. Project management is a structured way of achieving success.
Project management goes through five stages which are: Initiation; Planning and Design; Execution; Monitoring and Controlling; Closing; and Project Control systems. After the allocation of the task, the project manager is responsible for drawing out a project management plan in the aforementioned order. He must also hire a team for delegation of work and to supervise the work thereafter. Management of any kind always helps in painting a clear picture of what is available, what is required and what is the way to get there, and a true leader will always know it. As Stephen Covey rightly said, Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
The management of projects may be divided into four different and distinct stages with monitoring and control as additional fifth stage. These stages form the life cycle of project management. Right from the start of a project to its completion the management of the project is the responsibility of the project manager.
The project manager needs to check every stage of the project so that work flows smoothly without any interruptions. Project management life cycle is a tool that used by project managers to tackle intricacies of the project to prevent or solve problems associated with the project. Project management cycles allows the project manager a detailed picture of the various stages of the project as the work develops from one level to another without error and achieve the desired objectives. Project management objectives are to deliver or complete the work of the project before scheduled completion date; to keep track of expenses so that project costs are within allocated budget; to seek improvements through cooperation with various teams working on the project; to improve efficiencies in the work process; to deliver the project of high quality with minimum errors using correct risk management techniques and process controls; and to maintain good communications and project oversight.
Project Management Stages
The First Stage in project management is Project Initiation. This first stage is essentially the study of the nature and scope of business that is dealt with the project. A study of the business environment allows executives and managers to identify the relevance of the project to the market. This is the stage when necessary process controls are set and potential problems that may arise during the project is identified. Methods to be used to controlling or managing the difficulties are determined at this stage. The following steps are taken during Project Initiation: The First Step is the Initiation step which is to develop a business plan; Second Step is to study what the project will require; then the Third Step is studying if the project is feasible and establishing the required budget; and the Fourth Step is appointing the project manager and project team. The Second Stage is Project Planning which involves the detailed planning of the project. Unless this stage is carried out properly it might lead to project failure or completion. This stages involves the establishing the schedule or time frame for project completion; setting up a detailed budget, setting up or arranging the required project resources, a thorough study and understanding of the manpower needed to complete the project within established scheduled time frames, and
establishing means to minimize risks. It is during this stage that team members are made aware of their duties and responsibilities during the project cycle. Project Planning essentially includes setting up the project plan, and the preparation of specific plans for finance, resources, minimizing risks, quality management, communication and procurement of materials. The Third Stage is the Project Execution stage. This is when the goals of the project are achieved with deliverables met. The coordination of people and effective use of resources are combined to achieve the targets or goals of the project plan. This is the time when the project manager determines whether methodologies employed are effective or not. If not then the project manager executes changes to avoid any work disruption in the project schedule. Project Execution includes: 1) Managing procurement; 2) Performing work as required in the project; and lastly, 3) Achieving project goals and delivering the completed project on schedule with expected quality. The Fourth Stage is Project Monitoring and Control concerns monitoring the working processes on the project and controlling them to minimize errors and maintain quality. Project monitoring and Control includes a keeping check on time, cost, and quality of deliverables, performing risk and communication management, and lastly correcting any deviations from plan. The fifth and final stage is Project closure which is the acceptance of the project by the customer. This involves the formal release of deliverables and acceptance by the customer, final documentation procedures are finalized and files are archived for future reference. Project Closure Stage includes performing project and contract closure as well as undertaking post implementation review. The last step of Project Closure Stage is Post Implementation Review where the success of the project is measured and reviewed. This management tool will assist managers to complete projects successfully. Systematic approach towards completing a project is essential to achieve results desired. Project management is proven critically important by the fact that projects executed with proper planning and methodologies are mainly successful.
Change orders that are acted upon and resolved fairly and promptly benefits both the owner and contractor.
Change Order Management A change order that is not resolved becomes a claim and a possible basis for legal dispute. On the other hand a change order that is resolved amicably and acted upon promptly does not become a claim. Studies have shown that prompt, fair and early resolutions of change order issues minimize the cost to owners. Also contractors benefit by avoiding interruptions or delays to their project schedules and cash flow. Change order claims by the contractor arise from the rights of the contractor as stipulated in the contract. Change order claims need to be consistent with the terms of the contract or it will be denied. Legal courts, in few occasions, circumvent or overturn contracts, on “exculpatory” clauses in particular, but such cases are the exception. To be able to successfully manage change orders requires at its basis a thorough knowledge of the terms of the contract. Familiarity with the contract is a must for all involved; project representatives of the owner, contractor, sub-contractors, and construction managers. They all need to know or be familiar all general or special conditions. This includes specifications,
and drawings that establish the scope of work, as well as the obligations of all parties, and also the determination of the amount of payments. All project representatives needs pay special attention to stated terms or conditions that cover changes and extras, time extensions and completion as well as the liabilities and warranties together with the procedures for claims and disputes. It should be noted that it is of critical importance that contract notice provisions and other time limits applicable to change orders and claims is clearly understood by all parties. Most often construction contracts originate from owners or their representatives and thus owners may derive some sense of security from the powers provided by the contract. However owners should be aware that many actions or inactions by owners or their representatives could give reasons for claims. These could include the following: 1. Inability to have the site available in time and condition as stated in the contract 2. Ordering extra work not covered in the contract 3. Ordering delays or suspension of work 4. Delaying approval of contractor
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submissions 5. Delays or defects in owner provided materials or items 6. Errors, wrongly worded or inadequate contract documents 7. Inability to coordinate the work of third parties 8. Delay or failure to grant legitimate time extensions 9. Inspections that are unreasonable or mistaken 10. Interrupting or interfering with the contractors work methods or sequence Owners need to work in a positive and diligent manner and maintain an attitude of equity to prevent or minimize potential causes for claims in order to have a successful project. Most construction contracts are specific about the contractor’s duties and responsibilities. These may appear overwhelming initially. These contracts would usually require a contractor to develop a schedule of work and a construction plan and inform the owner of these plans even when not specifically required to do so. The contractor needs to make sure that contractual requirements for submittals, reports, and other supporting
documents are provided in a timely manner as the work progress. Completing these responsibilities will facilitate the change order process when extra costs or delays arise, as these often do. A construction project is characterized by continuous change and this change is brought about deliberately in accordance with the project schedule and project contract documents. This climate of change is particularly susceptible to disruption. Thus matters that could potentially delay or disrupt need to be resolved quickly otherwise there could be additional costs in time and money. It is obviously economically advantageous for the contractor to maintain a smooth running project and for prompt payments of extras. Owners also benefit in early resolutions of change order situations since these also minimize costs. Costly disputes and excessive constructions cost are results of inaction in claims and may be avoided if these are acted upon promptly and fairly. The contractor needs to act promptly in cases of delay, change, and differing site conditions from contract and to inform owners as soon as possible and request instructions or clarification from owner. In case the problem is serious the contractor needs to give preliminary notice in person or by telephone as written confirmation of the problem is being prepared. The contractor should promptly submit written notice and not even wait for final figures or any other cause for delay. Delays in providing written notice can reduce or eliminate a contractor’s entitlements for additional time or compensation. Should there be questions about the amount of time extension or in payments due to change of order situation, daily accounts of extra costs should be submitted to the owner by the contractor and agreement made on a current basis. If there are doubts as to contractor entitlements there can still be agreement on the accuracy of the daily accounts “without prejudice” to the question of owner liability. It is also the owner’s responsibility to act promptly when requests for instruction, or delay, or notice of change or claims of differing site conditions are received. Due to the nature of construction projects, such requests should be anticipated by the owner and prepares to provide full attention to resolve them promptly and fairly. The owner should not adopt automatically a defensive posture but rather work towards a reasonable and fair solution that avoids
damages to both owner and contractor. Failure to act to contractor claims to entitled time or compensation may result in larger claims. In cases where the construction manager is also the designer of the project, the owner must be extra vigilant to possible conflicts of interest. If any omission or mistake was made by the designer, who is now project manager, is encountered by the contractor there may be extended disputes between the designer and contractor when the latter requests for added payments. The owner needs to be prepared to step in to adjudicate in a fair and equitable manner. Otherwise an extended dispute between contractor and engineer or architect will result in the owner as loser.
If there are doubts as to contractor entitlements there can still be agreement on the accuracy of the daily accounts “without prejudice” to the question of owner liability. Preparation of a change order together with the owner review is similar and concerned largely about entitlement and quantification. Entitlement basis is anchored on contractual rights, hence the contractor needs to establish first that the matter in question is not inclusive of responsibilities under the terms of the contract; that claims are based by contractual clauses on changes and extensions; and also that the contract language does not disallow the contractor recovery of time or money. Once this established the contractor shall then immediately communicate this entitlement to the owner. This is accomplished through the change order request. The determination of extra time and establishment of compensation amount is termed ‘quantification’ for the change order. Applicable unit rates, force account provisions, requirements for submissions, updating schedules and such shall have
been addressed in the contract. The contractor shall establish, within the terms of the contract requirements, the amount of additional time and money that is due. The contractor must also show that this time and cost are part of the flow of the subject matter of the change order. This is not the occasion for abbreviated efforts. The contractor shall include in documentation, CPM schedule analysis, cost records, and other relevant information that supports contractor claims. Such requests, submitted with complete documentation and other information and in a timely fashion will yield favorable outcome and avoid possible contentious disputes that could negatively impact the project. The contractor’s request needs to be carefully reviewed by owner to determine if it is justified or not, as well as determine if the amount of time or compensation request is justifiable. The owner will be looking at the same entitlement and quantification that the contractor established so as to put the request together. The approval can be swift if the contractor properly prepared the request and owner’s review expedited. If there are questions regarding the quantification or the contractor’s entitlement, the owner should promptly provide the contractor with a written explanation of the owner’s questions or viewpoints. Any differences of opinion should be acknowledged as quickly as possible so as to avoid their negative impact on relations and possibly the project as a whole. Should the owner require additional information or other particulars or a different evaluation of schedule or cost, the owner should, in writing, inform the contractor promptly while all the information is still readily available. Both parties should amicably seek to resolve change order situations, if possible, before these become claims. All stake holders to a construction project, in self interest, need to avoid problems or minimize their impacts when problems arise. The way to minimize costs and potential disruption to the project is through efficient management of change order situations and proper documentation. Change order management seeks to resolve questions or other matters during the change order level. When an amicable settlement is not successful at this level, correct management of change order situation is then to provide the essential documentation for the dispute procedures or litigation that be will likely be the second stage of change order disputes.
The process of managing or negotiating construction contracts involved in construction projects is called Construction Contract Management. This process is led by the Contract Manager.
The Function of Construction Contract Management It is the responsibility of Contract Managers to ensure that all contract conditions are met by monitoring cost, scope, quality and time frame of the project. The success or failure of a projected is strongly affected by how effective the Contract Manager manages his or her function. Contract Negotiation
Contract negotiation is the first step in the process of contract management. This includes asking for bids, researching vendors, and verifying insurance for vendor contracts; whereas negotiating client contracts could include responding to bid requests, writing bid conditions, and assembling jobs costs. Both cases will involve negotiating price, time frame and terms required of the job. After the contract is signed the contract manager is responsible for making sure that vendors charge the agreed amount for products and services. He or she is also responsible for checking that all work is done properly and correctly in accordance with contract terms and within time frames specified. In management of contracts, vendor responsibilities might possibly include acquiring permits, meeting code requirements and using specified materials.
In management of client contracts, a manager is made responsible for monitoring that all deliverables are provided as specified, on time and making sure that the client meets each payment on time with the correct amounts. Contracts are managed in many cases on a per job basis and in other instances contracts may cover many jobs. Large construction companies handling many jobs in a year often contract one company to handle a specific job on every project.
The construction stage is when the contractor takes possession of the job site of the project. There are two different kinds of contracts that are possibly used during the construction stage. One is where the contract is between the client and the management contractor where the client may appoint a contract administrator to administer the contract;
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while the other is where the contract is between the management contractor and each works contractor and contracts are administered by the management contractor. Starting the work stage is when the management contractor arranges the meeting to take possession of the job site. It is then confirmed that suitable welfare facilities have been provided and also the client and management contractor (as principal contractor) confirm that a suitable site waste management plan is in place. It is also confirmed at this stage that an initial construction phase plan has been made by the principal contractor. Finally and when appropriate, the management contractor informs each works contractor or sub contractor to commence work on site in accordance with phasing and sequencing of works. The management contractor is responsible to keep works contractors informed of the progress of the project so they are able to plan their works in advance. During construction the managing contractor manages, schedules, supervises, organizes, and coordinates the works of contractors on a daily basis. The management contractor is generally
the principal contractor. He or she has the overall responsibility for the site management as well as being responsible for welfare provisions, site clearance, waste disposal, site security and trade union issues where applicable. The responsibility of the lead designer is to coordinate the preparation of additional information acquired by works contractors while the management contractor coordinates issues of additional information required by the works contractor. The management contractor also coordinates the review of design information prepared by works contractors. Additional design information prepared by the consultant team or works contractor (including temporary works) and management contractor, as prime contractors, is assessed and advice provided. The construction phase plan is then updated and re-issued as required. In cases of proposed variations, these revaluated and implemented in accordance to contract terms. Requests for extensions of time, loss or additional expenses are assessed by the management contractor and where appropriate, with advice from the consultant team. The management contractor also coordinates site inspections and issues the required instructions. Regular payment notices are sent to each works contractor by the management contractor within five days of dates for payment as specified in the contract. In cases where works contractor are paid a different amount a payless notice providing the calculation of the amount that should have been paid. Payments are paid on the final date of payment. Regular valuation statements concerning payments to the management contractor are prepared by the client’s cost consultant. Interim payment notices are initially issued by the client’s contract administrator to the management contractor. If the client plans to pay a different amount a payless notice must be issued giving the basis for the calculation of the amount that will be paid. Works contractors are entitled to be informed of the amount regarding their work that appears on the interim payment notices. Payments are due on the final date of payment as specified under contract terms. Large major projects require the management contractor to have regular logistic meetings with on site works contractor foremen to schedule and coordinate on site shared services like deliveries, offloading, hoists and cranes, safety issues, scaffolding, rubbish clearing, etc. Weekly checks are performed by the management contractor to determine earned value and take action when needed.
The management contractor regularly meets with works contractors to discuss progress against planned program and coordinate release of information. Construction progress reports are prepared for the client’s contract administrator and regular meetings are held to discuss construction progress reports.
Preparing for Occupation
The client starts preparations for the occupation of the project setting out the management of the transition and operation of the new facility. There could be an ‘occupation services contract’ for delivery and installation of equipment, fixtures and furniture. At this time the client shall funds ready to release 50% of the retention, where retention is provided for in the contract, upon certification of practical completion for each works contract.
Inspections, Commissioning and Testing
Procedures for inspections, commissioning, testing and client training is agreed to with the consultant team and client or his representatives. The client also appoints an engineering team to witness testing as well as commissioning and to be ready to take over the running of the services as soon as project, or its sections is certified. Procedures for inspections, commissioning, testing and client training are coordinated by the services engineer in regards to building services. The management contractor also does the same with respect to other aspects of the building. The works contractors corrects any defects that are discovered during the
commissioning, testing and inspection procedures.
If required a draft of building owners manual with information provided by all involved in the construction. A health and safety guide is completed. The preparation of the building log book is coordinated by the lead designer. The works contractor then confirms that their work is completed to the management contractor and the latter issues a certificate of practical completion and payment notice for each completed works contract. The management contractor makes payments on the final day of payment including the release of 50% retention, if applicable. Arrangement shall be made by management contractor to protect completed work from ongoing work. The management contractor then arranges for final inspection when all the works are completed by the building control inspector. The management contractor also arranges for the building regulations certificate to be issued. A handover meeting with the client is arranged to confirm that the construction works are complete and to hand over the site back to the client. With the completion of the works contracts the client’s contract administrator then issues a certificate of practical completion for the project with payment notice. The client then makes final payment to the management contractor by the final date of payment. A construction design stage report is prepared by the management contractor and submits the same to the client for assessment. Based on an article by Maggie Worth
What is Construction Insurance?
Understanding differing insurance policies and claims in construction
nsurance is a form of managing risks wherein a person buying insurance makes comparatively small and regular payments to the insurer to receive compensation in event of a potentially much larger loss. Construction insurance is that which covers losses during the construction of a building. There are a number of types of construction insurance including builder’s risk insurance which covers harms to the building itself, liability insurance for risks in legal liability that may arise during the construction process.
Different Construction Insurance Policies
Builder’s risk insurance that covers damage to the building during construction. Such damages could include vandalism, fire, lighting strikes and high winds. The terms of the policy will specify the specific sources of damage when the policy is purchased. The insurer will normally pay only damages based on the expenses actually incurred during the construction and not the expected value of the whole completed building. Construction insurance do not normally cover damage from
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acts of war or large scale natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. The owner of the building is usually the policy holder though at times insurance may be purchased by the construction contractor. Builder’s risk insurance normally ends with the completion of the construction of the building. This type of insurance is differentiated from other forms of property insurance like homeowners insurance or landlord insurance which covers damage to completed buildings. At times it is possible for part of the premiums to be transferred or rolled over to property insurance in case the structure is completed before the expiration of the builders’ risk policy. Builders’ risk insurance is at times also purchased during additions or alterations to existing buildings though losses may also be covered by the owner’s property insurance for the building. There are a number of types of liability insurance policies included in a single construction insurance policy. These include worker’s compensation insurance against risks from legal and medical costs of work
Builders’ risk insurance is at times also purchased during additions or alterations to existing buildings though losses may also be covered by the owner’s property insurance for the building. situation where in a contractor is required work that is considered a change in the contractors’ scope of work, such as addition or deletion of work, or a change in the methods, work or design. The owner recognizes the existence of a direct change but may disagree as to amount of compensation. A directed change is a change in aspect of the work and is normally provided through written or verbal instructions. 2. Differing Site Conditions Claims: This type of claims occurs when subsurface or foundation site conditions are different or at variance from what are stated in the contract and require additional work by contractor. Such variation in site conditions could not been known or anticipated at the time of signing of contract.
3. Deficient and Erroneous Contract Documents Claims: When there are errors or omissions in contract drawings, specifications or contract language and the contractor is directed to work according to owners’ plans and specifications, the contractor is not responsible for consequent defects due to those plans and specifications.
place injuries or deaths of employees during construction. Work in construction sites is a dangerous job and compensation insurance is legally mandatory for employees in the industry. Professional liability insurance protects the contractor from legal damages if sued for professional negligence by clients whereas Public utility insurance covers damages if the contractor is sued by third parties harmed by construction accident. This type of insurance can also include specialized types of hazards that are particularly common in construction like pollution insurance and chemical spills.
Types of Construction Claims
Knowing the different types of possible construction claims prepares the owners to recognize potential claims situations. This then enables owners to protect themselves from possible losses and help in recovering compensation. Though many claims are interrelated for purposes of discussion these have been divided into 8 different types. 1. Directed Changes Claims: This is a
4. Superior Knowledge Claim: This claim occurs when the owner knew facts that were not disclosed at the pre-contract stage and had significant impact on contractors’ performance. The contractor should be able to prove in writing that information was knowingly withheld from the contractor and show the effect it had on the project. 5. Constructive Change Claim: This is a difficult claim to document since contract modifications develop gradually without notice or knowledge. Changes are not immediately obvious and normally only seen after the project is completed or is near completion. 6. Delay Claims: This claim is where the work of one party is impeded by the inactivity, inability or constraint of another party. When this happens the affected party should go in record and where possible document resulting effects of such delays. 7. Acceleration Claim: This occurs when the work scope is increased without changing the work schedule and also applies to situations where the contractor is asked to complete work ahead of agreed schedule. 8. Interference Claim: Contractors expect to be able to conduct their work without disruptive interference or influence from owners or the
contract administrators. The contractors may submit a claim when such occurs and impacts the performance of contractors. The owner should also be aware and possess fundamental knowledge of other claims that include the following: Suspension, Breach of Contract, Termination Inclement weather, Warranty, Strikes, Impossibility of Performance, and Owner furnished items. Separate parties need to notify each other as soon as the claim situations arise for all claims mentioned above. Early notification of a claim is critical to effect entitlement and subsequent quantification. Failure to inform other parties only delays resolution of claim. Sufficient documentation of all facts is vital in all claims for equitable resolution of the dispute. There should be paper records maintained throughout the project to avoid problems in remembering or recreating details of the problem that resulted in the claim. The parties presenting claims need to present a convincing cause-and-effect relationship between the type of claim and damages payment asked to obtain a successful resolution of the dispute. The critical elements needed to be able to recover compensation of damages remain the identification, notification and the facts of the claim situation. ‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’ Life magazine once stated that “A picture is worth a thousand words” to suggest that complex stories can be described and easier understood with a single picture. Construction claims are the same where a picture or a graphic illustration can be more persuasive than a thousand words. Construction is a risky and complex endeavor that needs extensive planning, engineering, procurement, and effective construction management. All these activities need to be organized and operate in concert like a well practiced symphony orchestra to be able to produce and finish a successful project. When one or more of these activities fail the end result is a troubled project with resulting construction claims. Construction claims claimant has the burden of proof in the preparation and proof of damages in construction claims. Claimants success for additional compensation or additional time extension depends on the claimants to be able to artfully and convincingly explain the reasons for the claim. Company executives are often not intimately familiar with project details therefore it is essential to boil down and capture the essence of the claim without losing critical details like the root causes and ensuing damages. Since company executives are unlike to read a 100 page claim they would more likely read and study a one page summary of the dispute. Hence the critical need to illustrate graphically the nature of the claim. A well design illustration or photo may be well worth over a thousand words and on disputes affecting large construction project may be worth over hundreds of thusand or millions of pesos. Based on an article by John Markley and Interface Consulting
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DTC Read and Erase - Live Sensor Data - Flight Recording - Advanced Function, Programming, and Coding Touch-screen, hand-held scan tool that allows for fast and simple access to advanced diagnostic functions. It also provides OEM level diagnostics for all Asian manufactures as well as excellent coverage for European and American manufactures. This kit includes the G-Scan scan tool and all necessary cables, connections and adapters. The best multibrand diagnostic tool for Asian cars, OEM coverage on Asian vehicles, very competitive on Europeans and domestic cars. For more information call Central Diesel at 4113711 to 13 or visit www.centraldiesel.com.ph
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CP HYDRAULIC POWERPACK
CP Hydraulic Powerpack is an extremely versatile hydraulic driven power generator construction equipment which has attachments for breaking, cutting, coring, pile driving and water pump. It functions as a compact hydraulic system similar to that backhoes. Attachments such the BRK 70 can be connected to the powerpack can be used as a 70 pound jackhammer. Another useful attachment is the SAW 14 which can be used as a 12-14” concrete cutter. Other attachments can provide other extremely useful functions which will help user accomplish the job faster, can just load it in a pick-up truck or SUV then perform all the necessary road works. Compare to using the conventional screw compressors which need to be towed behind a separate vehicle or a large and heavy concrete cutter which takes up a lot of space, the user can just bring the powerpack and use the attachments to get the same job done. Save time, save space, save effort, cost savings. For more information contact Elektro Werk at 411-0333; 724-1686.
HALLOW CORE SLAB SYSTEM
Is a floor system consisting of precast prestressed slabs with longitudinal cores. These cores optimize the use of structural concrete on the slab by reducing concrete volume and slab weight while still mainting adequate section properties. Hollow core slabs are the most widely used type of precast flooring due to its highly efficient structural design i.e. lightweight sections capable of longer spans; This system also reduces cost by eliminating the need of formworks for the slab. It’s smooth soffit or slab bottom eliminates the need for drop ceiling and is ready for painting. For more info contact Jackbilt Industries at 8462222.
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 nonpressurized 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.
FRP PIPES Features: • Pipe Siza Range (DN 25mm to 4000mm) • Pressure Rank (D. 1Mpa, 0.6Mpa, 1Mpa. 2.6Mpa) • Lenth (1m, 3m 6m, 12m) •Length (1M, 3M, 6M, 12M) •Light Weight. Only 25% of the Steel and 10% of Concrete’s weight with the same of Characteristics • Easy to install and handle • Very good hydraulic characteristic because of smooth inner surface • Good service life. Can be used from 30-40 years. Application: Water piping distribution main line, oil and petroleum pipe distribution, hydroelectric penstock, Exhaust ducts for power plants. Pulp and paper plant. For more information contact D.B. International Sales & Services, Inc. at 3447420 or visit www.dbiphils.com
Reduce Plastic Concrete Shrinkage Cracking
Concure AV Evaporation Retarder Reduce plastic concrete shrinkage cracking. Concure AV is recommended for spray application onto the freshly placed concrete to greatly reduce plastic shrinkage cracking caused by unfavourable weather conditions. Concure AV is useful in all types of flat concrete, whether plain or coloured, machine or hand finished, including stamped concrete. Advantages Reduces and often eliminates shrinkage cracks in plastic concrete Water-based Simple spray application Can be used on all types of flat concrete, including plain, coloured and stamped Prevents surface crusting Maintains a plastic and workable surface Provides superior finishing in harsh weather conditions November-December 2013
PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY
The Eco-Friendly Paint!
Deco Pro and Dunn-Edwards present their eco-friendly finishing materials The Al Gore environmental trend has created a slew of products that each claim to be more “green” and “eco-friendly” than other brands. But Dunn-Edwards actually has the test and product R&D to back its claims. Formulated to superior performance – they have the right paint for every specialized need. Washable paint fanatics have their SUPREMA Interior Flat Paint. Households with children will be very happy with SUPREMA Interior Velvet Paint which can withstand the scrubbing necessary to remove finger stains and crayon marks. Color is one of the most important considerations in choosing a paint product. With DunnEdward’ meticulous attention to detail and paint formulation in Perfect Palette – clients are assured of consistent color for every can. Titanium dioxide is the highest-grade pigment available and this is what Dunn-Edwards utilize in their paints. They have also halted the use of ethylene glycol (EG) in their waterbased paints. EG is a hazardous air pollutant. For more information contact DECOPRIO at 3326776 or log on to www.decopro.com. ph/dunnedwards.com
THOMPSON PUMP 6JCC PUMP
Thompson Pump’s 6-inch, high-head 6JCC pump delivers 1,100 gpm, high heads to 490 feet, and 212 psi with automatic initial priming and re-priming to handle clear water jetting, water boosting, wellpoint installation, water supply for hydraulic fracturing, washdowns, tank cleaning, and fire protection. The company’s Enviroprime System provides automatic initial priming and repriming without spilling pump fluids during operation. Additional options, such as Thompson’s Silent Knight sound-attenuated canopy, accessories, and applications assistance are available.
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TOPCON ES SERIES TOTAL STATION Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announces the first reflectorless total station in its new ES series. In addition to having a new security and maintenance system (TSshield), the ES series features LongLink, a long-distance wireless communications system. The ES is available in 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 arc second accuracy models. “The pinpoint EDM beam spot ensures precise measurement, especially at shallow incidence angles that outdated technology simply cannot provide,” said Brice Walker, vice president of survey sales for Topcon. The ES has a-nonprism operating distance of 1,640 feet and 13,120 feet with a prism. Topcon’s new LongLink communications technology, featuring Bluetooth Class 1 wireless technology, has a range of up to 984 feet, and enables the ES field crew to function similarly to a robotic solution. The ES is designed with a multi-function, telematics-based communication module that locates the instrument – TSshield. The telematics module, available through a future firmware update, “will prove invaluable if the instrument is misplaced or stolen,” Walker said. “You can send a coded signal to the instrument and disable it.” Owners will also receive on-screen notices of software updates, which can be downloaded and installed over a WiFi connection anywhere in the world.
water tank panel type Features: • Leakage free using safe self-sealing gasket •Durable and Corrosion Free • Clean and safe Prevents growth of algae •Very easy to assemble and move •Capacity Range is from 1m to 1000m •Square type design Application: Commercial, Residential and Factories. On Building roofdecks and basements for potable water storage and for fire protetion water supply. For more information contact D.B. International Sales & Services, Inc. at 3447420 or visit www.dbiphils.com
DTM Epoxy Mastic
Superior protection that requires no priming: • Maximum corrosion protection • Applicable floor to ceiling, • Less prep and application time • VOC compliant For more information Contact Holz Coatings Int’l. Inc. at (800) 553-8444 e-mail: email@example.com, visit www.rustoleum.com/industrial.
Bulls eye 1-2-3
All Surface, All Purpose, WaterBased Primer Sealer • Solvent-based performance in an advanced water-based formula • Primer for all projects • Sticks to most surface - Interior & exterior • Blocks stains, EVEN water & smoke (no other primer like it on the market) • Dries in 30 mins, recoat in 1 hour • 12.5pH Alkali resistant • Ultra low VOC • Tintable For more information Call Holz Coatings Int’l. Inc. Bldg. A. Piscor Compound Amang Rodriguez Ave. Manggahan, Pasig City. Phone: +63(2)6425022
DOOSAN PORTABLE POWER GENERATORS
Four redesigned mobile generators have Tier 4-Interim engines: G150, rated at 122 kW; G190, at 155 kW; G240, at 190 kW; and G325, at 261 kW. Analog control panel has large, brightly lit meters. Onboard engine diagnostic display panel includes controls and indicators required to operate the aftertreatment regeneration system. Dual frequency capability is now standard to enable the units to power 50Hz applications with the flip of a switch. Connection panels are more accessible, with more wiring connections available. Sound levels were reduced by as much as 5 dBA. Cooling system is now housed in a separate compartment and uses electric cooling fans and a state-of-the-art radialfan. Services intervals are 500 hours, and increased onboard fuel capacity provides longer run times November-December 2013
PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY
The RMX-5000 Mixer/Pump is one of five mixer/pumps in the company’s lineup for refractory, shotcrete and concrete repair. • Available with either a spiral mixer or a paddle mixer
• 2,200-psi piston pump • Vertical pumping distances up to 450 ft. • 1,000-lb. mixer capacity and 1,200-lb. hopper capacity • Kubota V3600 66 hp water-cooled diesel engine or a 50 hp electric motor • Trailer- or skid-mounted versions Product From Blastcrete Equipment
IOWA MOLD TOOLING COMPRESSORS
CAS45R and CAS60R rotary screw air compressors offer rated capacities at 150 psi or 45 cfm and 60 cfm, respectively. Hydraulically driven, continuous-duty units are single-stage, pressure-lubricated compressors for mobile applications. Highvolume air can power pneumatic tools, tire service, and other needs. The CAS40P reciprocating compressor is a hydraulically driven, intermittent-duty model that delivers a rated capacity of 40 cfm at 100 psi for mobile, low-volume air applications.
CAT 416F, 420F, 430F BACKHOE LOADERS
Designed and built in North America, the Snorkel A62JRT and T66JRT are the newest models in the Snorkel mid-range aerial work platform lineup. The articulated-boom A62JRT has a platform height of 62 feet, and the telescopic-boom T66JRT can elevate its platform to 66 feet. According to Snorkel, the A62JRT, which replaces the AB60JRT, is designed to provide significantly improved drive and lift capabilities (particularly up-and-over clearance), as well as a 100-percent reduction in tail-swing, compared with its predecessor model. The A62JRT has a large work platform, measuring 96 inches by 39 inches, ample up-and-over clearance (29 feet 6 inches), and a compact length when stowed for transport (27 feet 10 inches. The A62JRT’s optimized two-wheel steering, says Snorkel, allows the machine to achieve a tight inside turning radius of 4.5 feet. According to the manufacturer, this tight turning radius, in conjunction with zero tail swing, enables the Snorkel A62JRT to work in extremely confined areas. Also new to the Snorkel A62JRT is an oscillating front axle with hydrostatic drive. Oscillation of the front axle is controlled by a valve, which works to keep all four tires in contact with the ground. The axle remains in operation as long as the foot pedal is engaged, whether the machine is stowed or elevated. The telescopic-boom T66JRT uses a 6-foot jib, but also is available without the jib as model T60RT. These two lifts replace models TB66JRT and TB60RT. The T66JRT, says Snorkel, has the best inside turning radius of any 2-wheel-steer machine in its class (4.5 feet). The T66JRT is designed to be compact, says the manufacturer, having a stowed height of (8 feet 4 inches) and a transport length of 28 feet. Tail swing is reduced to 47 inches
SNORKEL A62JRT, T66JRT AERIAL WORK PLATFORM
Three new Cat F series backhoe loaders have new Tier 4-Interim engines. Models 416F and 420F retain their horsepower ratings (87 and 93, respectively), but the 430F increases to 109 horsepower. New lift arms increase maximum hinge-pin height by 5 percent, maximum dump height by 7 percent, bucket breakout force by up to 9 percent, and lift capacity at maximum height up to 13 percent. Comparisons are to the previous E Series models. Caterpillar placed the DPF under the step into the cab, and the exhaust stack aligns with the cab pillar to provide visibility to the loader. E Series features that have been retained include: load-sensing, closed-center hydraulic system; the Cat four-speed Power Shuttle transmission; excavator-style boom; and ergonomic, automotive-style operator’s station.
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Beam Web Clamp The Beam Web Clamp is designed to positively grip the center web of the I-beam. • Will handle the full rated capacity along any direction from the lifting eye • Clamp secures to web of the I-beam, while the throat of the clamp pinches the flange during side loading for positive contact during lifting or suspending applications • Low headroom design • Can be used for lifting or hanging • Two models with 11,000- and 22,000-lb. rated capacities Product From The Caldwell Group Inc.
STEEL HOUSE SYSTEM
The Rapid Steel House system is the product of careful research, development and innovation on the various uses of steel with traditional building materials, resulting in an integrated and value-added combination which offers clients a better approach to building a home. Our steel house offers clients a fast way to build a house using our system. Included in the system are the following: Roof framing system, Drywall & ceiling framing system, Floor framing system and Rapid Security doors the systems gives a termite free and an environment-friendly alternative. For more information contact Rapid Forming at (632) 726-3533 or visit http://www. rapidforming.com
lucky hdf door
It is made out of HDF (High Density Fibreboard) skillfully handcrafted, engrave and machine-pressed to create an elegant and modern look design. Which will then be covered by PVC skin to create a smooth surface or groove effect just like wood doors • it is primarily used as Bedroom doors • easy and ready to install as the doors are already finish product. no need to apply paints • comes in 4 unique designs and 4 different colors: beige, white, wengue and mahogany • available sizes: .70 x 2.10 / .80 x 2.10 / .90 x 2.10. For more information call Tanay Industries corp. at 3738236
hudson timber coat Polyurethane water-based wood coating Hudson Timbercoat is a one component waterborne non-yellowing urethane coating ideal for finishes on wood and parquet floors. It combines excellent hardness and flexibility, high abrasion resistance and high gloss apperance. It resists ordinary household deterginests, acids and alkalis, sauces, food spills, and beverages out mild door. For more information call Century Chemical Corporation at 02-3649172 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website: www.centurychemicals.com
CHEVRON DELO 400 LE SYNTHETIC OIL
Delo 400 LE Synthetic SAE 5W-30 oil is designed to provide maximum fuel economy improvements while meeting industry and engine manufacturers’ performance requirements for heavy- and medium-duty trucks operating both on- and off-highway as specified by the OEM. The product is a mixed-fleet gasoline and diesel motor oil recommended for engines in which the API CJ-4 or API SN service categories and SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade are recommended. The oil meets the demands of EGR and EGR/SCR engines while also providing performance in other diesel engine technologies, Chevron says.
he annual growth in the Construction Materials Wholesale Price Index (CMWPI) in the National Capital Region (NCR) continued to improve at 1.6 percent in September from 2.0 percent in August. It mainly resulted from a decline in the annual rate of fuels and lubricants index at -2.3 percent in September from 1.3 percent in August. Moreover, the annual gain in cement index slowed down to 5.1 percent from 5.5 percent; tileworks index, 4.0 percent from 4.2 percent; and glass and glass products index, 0.3 percent from 0.4 percent. On the other hand, the indices for most of the commodity groups recorded higher annual rates while those for structural steel and asphalt were at their last monthâ€™s rates. Movement in the machinery and equipment rental index was still zero.
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Annual Growth Rates of the CMWPI in NCR, All Items (2000=100) September 2012-September 2013
NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE INDUSTRY AND TRADE STATISTICS DEPARTMENT Manila
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS WHOLESALE PRICE (CMWPI) INNATIONAL THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR) CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS WHOLESALE PRICEINDEX INDEX (CMWPI) IN THE CAPITAL REGION (NCR) (2000 ==100) (2000 100) Line No.
ALL ITEMS 1
SAND AND GRAVEL
11 GLASS AND GLASS PRODUCTS
DOORS, JAMBS, AND STEEL CASEMENT
13 ELECTRICAL WORKS
PLUMBING FIXTURES & 14 ACCESSORIES / WATERWORKS
15 PAINTING WORKS
16 PVC PIPES
17 FUELS AND LUBRICANTS
19 MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL
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 Table 1 Construction Materials Retail Price Index in the National Capital Region (2000=100) (2000=100) COMMODITY GROUP
A. CARPENTRY MATERIALS
B. ELECTRICAL MATERIALS
C. MASONRY MATERIALS
D. PAINTING MATERIALS & RELATED COMPOUNDS
E. PLUMBING MATERIALS
F. TINSMITHRY MATERIALS
G. MISCELLANEOUS CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
Sources of Basic Data: NSO and other reporting establishments Processed by NSO
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