Construction firm ready to take on ‘high rise’ projects, expands more services

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BANKING on the continued infrastructure boom even amid the pandemic, a Cebu-based construction company is aiming to capture a good slice of the market as more construction activities fully resume in the Visayas and Mindanao.

AVC Development and Construction Corp., which is run by a group of young engineers, wants to scale up its business operations, optimistic to work on more high-rise projects starting this year.

“We believe that we are already ripe to handle more high-rise projects, specifically those buildings at 12-stories and up,” said engineer Vincent Paul Gello-ani, president of AVC Development and Construction Corp.

Gello-ani and business partners and engineers Albert Albior Pazon and Leysur Edward Martinez Chu started their company as a sub-contractor for big construction companies in 2012. Its breakthrough project came in 2018 when it handled the construction of the P300 million academic building in Tacloban City.

Since then, the company has been working non-stop in delivering high-quality structures with over 100 projects, both ongoing and completed, to date.

At the height of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the company built 10 projects benefiting over 500 direct and indirect workers. The firm only had 20 workers when they started.

“Construction activities never stopped at the height of the pandemic as companies were busy beating their deadlines. They want to make sure that when the lockdown eases their buildings are almost complete or ready by then,” said Gello-ani, adding that on their part, they made sure they continue doing business while adhering to health and safety protocols.

The three college buddies see Bohol, Iloilo and Bacolod as growth areas for more construction activities. This is in addition to Cebu which continues to enjoy robust developments in commercial, office and residential projects.

“We are riding on the robust growth of the real estate sector by expanding our reach and marketing our skills and expertise,” said Pazon, recalling that they started as employees first of various construction companies before they decided to set up their own business.

“Besides expanding our expertise in high-rise buildings, we are also expanding to offer other auxiliary services in construction,” said Pazon, who is the company’s vice president. “We are positioning ourselves as a general contractor offering all-in services to developers.”

Gello-ani clarified that they are not in any way competing with the “giants” in the industry, but small players like them exist to help augment the need for more players on the back of the robust “Build, Build, Build” program of the government, which he hoped will continue even with the new administration coming in.

Approved building permits

The total number of constructions from approved building permits in Central Visayas for the year 2020 was recorded at 13,499, according to the latest available data from the Philippines Statistics Authority 7.

This number is lower by 31.9 percent from the 19,828 constructions recorded in 2019.

By type of construction, residential had the highest number at 8,640 or 64 percent of the total number of constructions.

Of the total constructions in Central Visayas, Bohol ranked first with 6,602 constructions or (48.9 percent) followed by Cebu with 4,888 constructions (36.2 percent), Negros Oriental with 1,703 constructions (12.6 percent) and Siquijor with 306 constructions (2.3 percent).

In 2020, the total value of construction amounted to P19.9 billion, down by 62 percent in 2019.

Forecast

The country’s construction industry is expected to generate as much as P130 trillion from 2020 to 2030 given a well-plotted construction roadmap.

In an online Philippine Business Forum hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry —Export Marketing Bureau and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Dubai, DCCD engineering chairman and chief executive officer engineer Michael Reyes said the construction industry has a promising growth forecast due to the expansion of investments and participation in the global market.

As of 2018, Reyes said, the construction sector was valued at P2.3 trillion only. But he said this can be boosted with the construction roadmap.

Reyes added that collaborating with foreign industry partners through efficient outsourcing of Philippine talents and workforce can also improve its alliance with other countries, especially in dealing with various construction projects abroad.

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