By Angela Casco
Every structure—a home, a building, a roadway, a bridge, among many others—starts with pieces of steel and bags of
cement, prepped and utilized through related machinery and equipment.
For 30 years, the PhilConstruct Expo has been offering these and more to both Filipino and foreign builders.
Considered as the biggest yearly expo of its kind in the Philippines, it brings together the industry’s movers and shakers, as well as hundreds of suppliers and thousands of trade buyers in one event.
As the expo marked its third decade, the Philippine Construction Association, Inc. (PCA), the event organizer and the leading organization in building and construction, whose members are responsible for over 70 percent of all construction projects in the country, mounted the show’s biggest edition yet in three venues—SMX Convention Center, World Trade Center, and CCP Complex Grounds.
“Our intentions are simple—to organize the biggest and most comprehensive trade event for the construction industry,” says Samson C. Lazo, exhibit chairman back in 2005 and a member of PCA. “Our focus is to bring the very best the world has to offer under one roof, to set the standards for the industry, and to allow our people to gain the necessary knowledge for future growth.”
With a new and monumental expo comes new technological developments in the field of construction.
This year’s show, which happened first week of November, proved to be a learning experience for both exhibitors and attendees.
“More than putting together sellers and buyers in one venue, PhilConstruct is one of PCA’s ways of serving industry needs,” says Morris Agoncillo, president of PCA. “This year, we got foreign exhibitors to showcase new tech and solutions that our local practitioners should consider utilizing.”
For instance, the European Union set up a New Technology Pavilion. At least 30 exhibitors flew all the way from different parts of Europe to take part in the expo.
Looking forward, PCA hopes to do more for the local building and construction industry. At this year’s showcase, the organization unveiled the Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap 2020 to 2030.
In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), the roadmap aims to spread knowledge about the four pillars of the industry, its direction for the coming decade as industry expert projections indicate further increase of contribution to the economy to up to P130 trillion, and the important role of industry professionals in turning this vision into reality.
“[This] is no longer just a trade expo. This event is deeply grounded and rooted in PCA’s mission as nation builders to unify the industry and ensure that we are all playing our respective roles,” says Gerry Pancho, overall event chairman and first vice president of PCA. “Our belief is that by improving the practice of construction, we are able to create and build better structures, infrastructure, and communities which hopefully will create a ripple effect in the way Filipinos live, work, and play. Our hope here is that by transforming the industry, we are transforming the nation.”