Private Building Construction Statistics, City Of Manila: First Quarter 2019

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Thursday, August 1, 2019
This special release presents data on construction statistics from approved building permits for the City of Manila for the first quarter of 2019. Figures are based on the preliminary results of the tabulated data from collected building permits.
Total number of approved building permits up by 26.9 percent
The total number of approved building permits in the City of Manila posted an increase from 175 in the first quarter of 2018 to 222 in the first quarter of 2019 that translates to 26.9 percent.
Similarly, for the National Capital Region, the total approved building permits was higher by 284 projects or 9.8 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
Table 1 presents the total number, floor area, and value of building construction for the City of Manila during the first quarter of 2019 and 2018.

The total number of approved permits for residential type of buildings for the City of Manila increased by 22.9 percent while the non-residential type increased by 128.6 percent during the first quarter of
2019 compared to the same quarter of the previous year. The approved building permits for alterations and repair also went up by 9.5 percent from 74 during the first quarter of 2018 to 81 of the same quarter of 2019.
Figure 1 shows the comparison in the number of approved building permits by type of building for the City of Manila during the first quarter of 2019.
Value of building construction decreases
The total value of construction plummeted in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of 2018 with 7.8 percent or equivalent to Php 367.8 million. The value for Non-Residential construction registered the highest increase of 383.6 percent, which almost quadrupled from that of the previous quarter. Similarly, the value of additions almost doubled, with an increase of 99 percent.
Apartment type of residential building obtains the highest number while residential condominium gets the biggest value of construction.
One hundred two approved applications for Residential building were registered amounting to Php 2.06 billion during the first quarter of 2019. Among the types of Residential building, Apartment type, with 63 approved applications, had the most number of contribution of 61.8 percent. On the other hand, the value of construction for Residential Condominium got the biggest share to the gross value with 83.3 percent amounting to 1.72 billion.
Commercial type of non-residential building obtains the highest number and the biggest value of construction
Thirty-two approved building permits with a total of Php 1.66 billion for Non-Residential building were constructed during the first quarter of 2019. Commercial-type had the most number with 25 applications and with the biggest share of more than half the total value of Non-Residential construction. For this quarter, no permits were listed for Other Non-Residential type of building.
Explanatory Notes
Scope and Coverage
Private construction statistics from approved building permits relate to new constructions and additions, alterations and repairs of existing residential and non-residential buildings and other structures undertaken in all regions/provinces of the country. Presented in this special release were data from NCR-District I.
Source of Information
Data are taken from the original applications of approved building permits collected by NSO field personnel from Local Building Officials.
1.Data on private building constructions refer to those proposed to be constructed during the reference period and not to construction work completed during the reference period.
2.The completeness of the number of building permits collected relies on the approval of applications filed with the Office of Local Building Officials (LBOs). Hence, private building constructions without approved building permits are excluded in the tabulation of data.
Definition of Terms:
Building Permit - A written authorization granted by the Local Building Official (LBO) to an applicant allowing him to proceed with the construction of a specific project after plans, specifications and other pertinent documents have been found to be in conformity with the National Building Code (PD 1096).
Building - Any independent, freestanding structure comprised of one or more rooms or other spaces, covered by a roof and enclosed with external walls or dividing walls, which extend from the foundation to the roof.
Construction - All on-site work done from site preparation, excavation, foundation, assembly of all the components and installation of utilities and equipment of buildings/structures.
Residential Building - A building for which its major parts or more than half of its gross floor area is built for dwelling purposes. This type of building can be of the single type, duplex, an apartment and/or accesoria and residential condominium.
Single House - A complete structure intended for a single family or household, i.e. bungalow, 2-storey house, nipa hut.
Duplex - A structure intended for two households, with complete living facilities for each; it is a single structure divided into two dwelling units by a wall extending from the floor to the ceiling.
Apartment - A structure, usually of two storeys, made up of independent living quarters, with independent entrances from internal walls and courts.
Accessoria - A one or two-floor structure divided into several dwelling units, each dwelling unit having its own separate entrance from the outside.
Residential Condominium - A structure, usually of several storeys, consisting of multiple dwelling units.
Other residential constructions - Consist of school or company staff houses, living quarters for drivers and maids and guardhouses.
Non-Residential Building - This type includes commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional buildings.
Commercial Buildings - Office buildings and all buildings that are intended for use primarily in wholesale, retail and service trades; i.e. stores, hotels, restaurants, banks, disco houses, etc.
Industrial Buildings - All buildings which are used to house the production, assembly and warehousing activities of industrial establishments; i.e. factories, plants, mills, repair shops, machine shops, printing press, storage plant, electric generating plants.
Institutional Buildings - All buildings that are primarily engaged in providing educational instructions and hospital/health care; ports, airports and other government buildings; i.e. school, museums, libraries, sanitaria, churches, hospitals.
Agricultural Buildings - All buildings, which are used to house live stocks, plants and agricultural products such as barn, poultry house, piggeries, stables, greenhouses and grain mill.
Other Non Buildings Constructions - These include cemetery structures, street furniture, waiting sheds, communication towers, etc.
Addition - Any new construction that increases the height or area of an existing building/structure.
Alteration - Construction in a building/structure involving changes in the materials used, partitioning, location/size of openings, structural parts, existing utilities and equipment but does not increase the overall area thereof.
Repair – A remedial work done on any damaged or deteriorated portion/s of a building/structure to restore its original condition.
Demolitions - The systematic dismantling or destruction of a building/structure or in part.
Street Furniture - These are street structures consisting of monuments, waiting sheds, benches, plant boxes, lampposts, electric poles and telephone poles.
Floor Area of Building - The sum of the area of each floor of the building measured to the outer surface of the outer walls including the area of lobbies, cellars, elevator shafts and all communal spaces in multi -dwellings. Areas of balconies are excluded.
Total Value of Construction - The sum of the cost of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and others. The value is derived from the approved building permit and represents the estimated value of the building or structure when completed.
Source: PSA Private Construction Statistics
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Danilo R. Cubinar
Chief Statistical Specialist