Philconstruct Celebrates Its 30th Year
By Marcelle P. Villegas
"The road to success is always under construction."
(Engr. Morris S. Agoncillo, President, Philippine Constructors Association)
For the past 30 years, Philconstruct has been the main annual event in the construction industry with its vast exhibit grounds and numerous technical forums. This year’s event was held last 7-10 November 2019 in two venues, SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center Metro Manila.
With its innovative presentations, simultaneous activities, lectures and forums, Philconstruct earned its reputation as the biggest construction show in the Philippines and “defining the landscape of building and construction in the country”. Yearly, the event showcases construction materials and equipments, building and construction accessories, interior design materials, construction machinery and more.
Earlier this year, there were two other Philconstruct events held outside Metro Manila, namely in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Lahug, Cebu (6-8 June 2019) and in SMX Convention Center Davao, SM Lanang Premier, Davao (6-9 September 2019).
During the Opening Ceremony last 7 November 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, one of the notable guest speakers was Ms Angelia Gabrena Ong. She was crowned Ms Earth Philippines in 2015. On the same year she brought honour to the country when she won the Ms Earth 2015 title at the pageant held at Vienna, Austria.
Since her coronation, she has been very active in various advocacies and activities in promoting care of the environment, reforestation and ecotourism. A few years ago, Ms Ong completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training under US Vice President Al Gore, who is the founder and chairman of the Climate Change Reality Project. Currently she is an ecopreneur and Executive Directory of the C.O.R.A.L. Movement, an organization of volunteers that provides information, education and activities related to conservation of coral reefs.
In her speech during the Philconstruct Opening Ceremony, she said, "You guys are probably wondering what a Ms Earth is doing here. I see this chance to give you a little bit of praise and motivation on the good work that you have contributed to keep the country moving forward.”
“Thank you for your service. It is with great honour to be standing in front of an audience whom I believe has the power to make a difference. Yes, you have that power. You are one of the movers of the country. You have the power to elevate and upgrade infrastructures that become cause for growth and improvement for Filipinos. You have continued to provide not only jobs but dreams too."
Additionally, she talked about the responsibility as builders which goes beyond creation of buildings and bridges. "I am here to encourage you that in every future plan of your next projects, we should also think about our responsibility for the environment… I am here to encourage you to make sure that in every plans that we do and every vision that we see where the country is going, I hope that we also remember that there is no country where there is no environment. Let me urge you and convince you to not let sustainability or greener options remain just an option or just a trend, but rather please make it your practice."
Engr. Morris S. Agoncillo, President of the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) mentioned during his speech, "This has been a milestone year for the Philconstruct. We started in Pampanga with our first Philconstruct Luzon and we have the distinct honour of launching the Building Construction Industry Roadmap 2020 to 2030 together with Secretary Ramon Lopez of Department of Trade and Industry."
About Philconstruct's value to the industry, he stated "Philconstruct as an exhibit is crucial to the sustenance of the industry. So many countries are represented. The transfer of know-how among participants, the convenience of sourcing new products from hundreds of suppliers in a dedicated space, and the chance to connect with fellow professionals -- it is a kind of opportunity unmatched by anything in the country right now. It is the convergence of one big construction program in one convenient venue."
Engr. Agoncillo was Philconstruct’s Exhibit Chairman in 2013 and Technoforum Chairman in 2017.
"This Construction Industry Roadmap 2020-2030 that we closely worked on with the Department of Trade and Industry - Construction Authority of the Philippines and other stakeholders, lays down the foundation in transforming the industry to be a global partner in building nations."
DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said, "The Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap 2020-2030 is a milestone for the Construction Industry. It is a result of the collective aspirations of industry stakeholders hopeful of instigating reforms critical to further spur the growth and development of the industry and accordingly, the Philippine economy."
This Roadmap is a strategic formwork of the future of Philippine construction. It has two functions, namely:
1) as the institutional mechanism for communication and collaboration
2) as a continuing testament of the commitments made by the stakeholders, whether private, public, domestic or foreign
The Roadmap’s document presents the framework that will consolidate and harmonize the implementation efforts of all existing and future masterplans of the government and private sector.