PCA Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this 2020, the Philippine Construction Association (PCA) has found itself in the middle of another war. This time, it is about the war with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now is the time to act as one, build as one,” declared PCA President Wilfredo Decena.“What we need is a synchronized effort of both public and private sectors to win this war against COVID-19 and rise again as a stronger nation.”
To help the country recover from the devastating effects of this new “war”, PCA has launched the 10-year Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap which links into the 30-year National Infrastructure Program (2023-2052). The project covers major infrastructures in transport, water, and energy to social and ICT infrastructure.
PCA also partnered with the Ayala Group in the construction of the 9,700 square meters of space of the World Trade Center to turn into a quarantine facility. With member EEI Corporation and others, PCA also established quarantine facilities in some hospitals such as the UP-PGH, the National Lung Centre of the Philippines, Quezon Institute, Mandaluyong Medical Center, Don Mariano Marcos Hospital, Antipolo Medical Systems, and Sta. Rosa Medical Center.
PCA also spearheaded the health and safety protocols in construction sites and accelerated its digitization program, which maximizes online platforms for its members. This allowed faster mobilization, such as in the recent typhoons Ulysses and Rolly.
PCA also offered relief goods and equipment for provinces bit by catastrophes.
Some of the projects of PCA in the past include:
The construction of the Manila International Airport (MIA) and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEX
The construction of the North Diversion Road from Balintawak in Quezon City to Malolos in Bulacan
The construction of the Ambuklao Dam, the longest dam in Asia and the San Juanico Bridge which links Samar to Leyte
PCA and the Asian Institute of Management offered a construction project management class to produce some of the construction leaders
PCA worked with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for training programs which empowered over 2,000 individuals all over the country
PCA organizes the Philconstruct, the biggest trade show in Asia
In the last five years, the construction industry averages 20 per cent growth per year but due to the pandemic, it has shrunk to 10% in 2020.