The total number of new construction projects from approved building permits during the first quarter of 2020 was recorded at 460, reflecting a decrease of 13.21 percent from 530 constructions in same quarter last year.
On the other hand, the total floor area occupied for the new construction projects increased by 21.35 percent from 114,967 square meters in first quarter 2019 to 139,509 square meters in first quarter 2020. Moreover, the value of new construction projects was recorded at PhP1,476.66 million in first quarter of 2020, posting an increase of 58.07 percent from PhP934.18 million in the same quarter a year ago.
Residential type buildings recorded the highest number of constructions during the first quarter of 2020 with a total of 312 constructions. This figure posted a decrease of 16.80 percent from the 375 residential buildings reported in the same quarter a year ago. Moreover,non-residential building constructions of existing structures recorded at 123 constructions during the first quarter of 2020also posted a decrease of 8.21 percent from 134 constructions reported in the same quarter last year.
Meanwhile,the combined number of additions, alterations and repairswent up by 19.05percent to 25 from 21 constructions in the same period of 2019.
Value of building construction projects reaches PhP1,476.66million
The total value of construction projects in first quarter of 2020 increased by 58.07 percent to PhP1, 476.66million from PhP934.18million recorded in same quarter of 2019.
By type of construction, residential building constructions accounted the biggest share in terms of the value of constructions in first quarter of 2020. The value of residential buildingconstructions decreased by 10.26 percent withan estimated value of PhP402.10million from PhP448.05million during the first quarter last year.
Moreover, the value of additions, alterations and repairs type of constructions decreased to PhP47.94 million in first quarter of 2020 from PhP62.02 million in same period last year, a decrease of 22.70 percent.
On the other end, non-residential building constructions increased by 142.06 percent during the first quarter of 2020 amounting to PhP1,026.62million from PhP424.11million in same quarter a year ago.
Average cost per square meter of residential constructions is PhP10,074.62
The total value of all residential building constructions within the province reached PhP402.10million with a total floor area of 39,912 square meters. This translates to an average cost of PhP10,074.62 per square meter.
Single-type residential units, comprising 96.15 percent of the total residential constructions, topped over all other types of residential constructions. There were 300 single-type residential units covering a total floor area of 36,500 square meters and an aggregate value of PhP364.61 million. This translates to an average cost of PhP9,989.40 per square meter.
For apartment/accessoria, there were eight constructions recorded or 2.56 percent of the total residential constructions. It has an estimated construction value of PhP34.25 million with a total floor area of 2,920 square meters or an average cost of PhP11,731.08per square meter.
For duplex/quadruplex, there were four recorded in first quarter 2020 or 1.28 percent of the total residential constructions with a floor area of 492 square meters and an aggregated value of PhP3.23 million. This translates to an average cost of PhP6,565.69per square meter.
Average cost per square meter for non-residential constructions is PhP10,542.38
The total value of all non-residential constructions was estimated at PhP1,026.62million with a total floor area of 97,380 square meters. The computed average cost per square meter was PhP10,542.38.
Commercial-type building constructions posted the biggest number of non-residential constructions with 76 construction projects or 61.79 percent of the total non-residential constructions. The total value of constructions for thistype was estimated at PhP850.25 million covering a floor area of 77,485 square meters or an average cost of PhP10,973.10 per square meter.
Industrial buildings distantly followed with 21 constructions or 17.07 percent of the total non-residential constructions. Total value for these projects was estimated at PhP45.25 million with a total floor area of 10,890 or an average cost of PhP4,155.31 per square meter.
Meanwhile, institutional buildings has with 17 constructions or 13.82 percent of the total non-residential constructions. Total value for institutional buildings was estimated at PhP124.19 million with a total floor area of 7,425 square meters or an average cost of PhP16,726.09 per square meter.
Agricultural buildings ranked fourth with seven constructions or 5.69 percent of the total non-residential constructions. Total value for agricultural buildings was estimated at PhP5.37 million with a total floor area of 1,580 square meters or an average cost of PhP3,401.03 per square meter.
Those falling in the Others category accounted for 1.63 percent of the total
non-residential constructions (two construction). It has an aggregate value of PhP1.55 million.
The figure above shows the distribution of approved building permits by city/municipality in La Union infirst quarter2020.
Among the city/municipalities, the City of San Fernando registered the highest number of construction projects with a share of 19.35percent (89constructions) to the total approved building permits in La Union infirst quarter 2020. Compared with the number of constructions in the same montha year ago (107building constructions), it registered a decrease of 16.82percent.
Other municipalities with high number of construction projects infirst quarter of2020 includesNaguilian with 73 constructions (15.87 percent share), Bacnotan with 52 constructions (11.30 percent share) and municipality of San Juanwith 39 constructions (8.48 percent share).
In La Union, the municipality of San Juan occupied the top rank in terms of the value of constructions in first quarter2020with a share of 41.69 percent (PhP615.60million) to the provincial total. The municipality of Bauang and City of San Fernandoranked second and third with respective shares of 18.38 percent (PhP271.36 million) and 12.29 percent (PhP181.42 million).
On the other hand, the City of San Fernando had the highest value of construction projects among the city/municipalitiesin first quarter 2019contributing 39.24 percent (PhP366.57million) to the provincial total. San Juanranked second with a share of 20.00 percent (PhP186.82million) whileRosario placed third with a share of7.36percent (PhP68.77million).
Scope and Coverage
Private construction statistics from approved building permits pertain to data on new constructions and additions, alterations and repairs of existing residential and non-residential buildings and other structures undertaken in all city/municipalities of the country.
For this publication, the scope and coverage are all city/municipalities in La Union.
Source of Information
Data were taken from the original application forms of approved building permits collected every month by PSA field personnel from the offices of Local Building Officials (LBOs) provincewide.
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 collection of applications filed with the LBOs. Hence, private building constructions without approved building permits are excluded in the tabulation of data.
Definition of Terms
Building Permitis a written authorization granted by the 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 (RA 6541).
Building is any independent, free-standing 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.
Residential Building is 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 accessoria.
Single House is a complete structure intended for a single family or household, i. e. bungalow, two-storey house, nipa hut.
Duplex is 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 is a structure, usually of several storey made up of independent living quarters, with independent entrances from internal walls and courts.
Accessoria is a one or two-floor structure divided into several dwelling units having their own separate entrances from outside.
Other Residential Constructions consist of school or company staff houses, living quarters for drivers and maids and guardhouses.
Non-Residential Building includes commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional buildings.
Commercial Building includes office buildings and all buildings which are intended for use primarily in wholesale, retail and service trades; i.e. stores, hotels, restaurants, banks, disco houses, etc.
Industrial Buildings are 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 are buildings which are primarily engaged in providing educational instructions and hospital/health care; ports, airports and other government buildings; i.e. schools, museums, libraries, sanitaria, churches, hospitals.
Agricultural Buildings are buildings which are used to house livestock, plants and agricultural products such as barn, poultry house, piggeries, stables, greenhouses and grain mill.
Other Non-Building Constructions include cemetery structures, street furniture, waiting sheds, communication towers, etc.
Addition refers to any new construction which increases the height or area of an existing building/structure.
Alteration refers to construction in a 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 refers to remedial work done on any damaged or deteriorated portion/s of a structure to restore its original condition.
Floor Area of Building refers to 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 refers to 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.
Sgd. DANITES E. TENIDO, PhD