Construction Statistics from Approved Building Permits, Northern Mindanao: Third Quarter 2019 (Preliminary Results)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Number of constructions in the third quarter of 2019 up by 8.0 percent year-on-year

The total number of constructions in the third quarter of 2019 totaled to 2,452, equivalent to 8.0 percent increase from 2,270 constructions recorded in the same quarter of 2018.  (Table A)

Residential has the highest number of constructions

By type of construction, residential reported the highest number of 2,013 constructions or 82.1 percent of the total. This reflects an 11.0 percent growth from its corresponding number in 2018. Majority (1,987 or 98.7%) of the residential constructions were single-type houses. (Table A and Figure 1)

Similarly, the number of non-residential constructions was registered at 394 which accounted for 16.1 percent of the total constructions. This shows a 5.3 percent growth from the 374 constructions  recorded in the same period of 2018. More than half of the  non-residential constructions were comprised of commercial buildings (224 or 56.9%).

The number of additions to existing structures posted at 7 (0.3%),    portrays a 65.0 percent decrease from the same quarter a year ago. On the other hand, the combined number of alterations and repairs of existing structures at 38 (1.5%), declined by 38.7 percent from the same period a year ago.

Number of constructions is highest in Misamis Oriental

In terms of number of constructions, Misamis Oriental ranked first          with 914 constructions or 37.3 percent share to total. Bukidnon  with 491 constructions (20.0%) ranked next. Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Camiguin followed with 18.4 percent, 17.5 percent and    6.9 percent shares to total constructions, respectively.  (Figure 2)


Value of constructions grows by 45.4 percent


In the third quarter of 2019, the total value of constructions  amounted to PhP 3.8 billion, an increase of 45.4 percent from the same quarter a year ago.  (Table A)


Non-residential building constructions, valued at PhP 2.7 billion, accounted for 72.4 percent of the total value.  This shows an increase       of 69.7 percent from the PhP 1.6 billion construction value posted  in the same quarter a year ago.  Institutional buildings registered  the highest value at PhP 1.8 billion among non-residential constructions. (Table A and Figure 3)

On the other hand, the value of residential constructions  amounted to PhP 1.0 billion (26.9%), an increase of 17.6 percent year-on-year. Single-type houses recorded the highest value among residential constructions.

Average cost of non-residential constructions up by 81.5 percent

The average cost per square meter (sq.m.) for all constructions under consideration was valued at PhP 11,453, an increase of 40.1 percent from its corresponding cost of PhP 8,176 per square meter in the same quarter of the previous year.  (Table A.1.)

Among types of constructions, non-residential had the highest average cost of PhP 14,655 per square meter which is equivalent to 81.5 percent increase from the previous year’s corresponding average cost. This was followed by residential constructions (PhP 7,171/sq.m.) and additions to existing structures (PhP 4,171/sq.m.) which contracted by 3.4 percent and 57.3 percent, respectively, from their corresponding average cost from a year ago.



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This Special Release presents the preliminary data on construction statistics from approved building permits for the third quarter of 2019.

Scope and Coverage

Construction statistics presented in this special release are based on approved building permits on new constructions and additions, alterations and repairs of existing residential and non-residential buildings and other structures which are proposed to be constructed in all cities/municipalities of the region.

Sources of Information

Construction statistics are generated from approved building permits as well as from the demolition and fencing permits collected every month by PSA field personnel from the Offices of Local Building Officials (LBOs).


  1. Data on building constructions are based on approved applications for construction during the reference period and not on the construction work completed during the reference period.
  1. The completeness of construction data relies on the approved applications filed with the LBOs. Hence, building constructions without approved building permits are excluded in the tabulation of data.

Definition of Terms (Adopted from the Revised and Updated IRR of the National Building Code)

Building permit is 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 (PD 1096).

Building refers to 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.

Construction refers to all on-site work done from site preparation, excavation, foundation, assembly of all the components and installation of utilities, machineries and equipment of buildings/structures.

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, apartment and/or accessoria and residential condominium.

Single house is a complete structure intended for a single family or household, i.e., bungalow, 2-storey house, nipa hut, etc.

Duplex house 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 two storeys, 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, each dwelling unit having its own separate entrance from the outside.

Residential condominium is a structure, usually of several storeys, consisting of multiple dwelling units.

Other residential construction consists 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 buildings refer to 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 all buildings 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 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 are buildings 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.

Repair is a remedial work done on any damaged or deteriorated portion/s of a building/structure to restore its original condition.

Renovation is any physical change made on structures to increase the value, quality and to improve the aesthetic.

Alteration is a construction in a building/structure involving changes in the materials used, partitioning and location/size of openings, structural parts, existing utilities and equipment but does not increase the overall area thereof.

Conversion is a change in the use or occupancy of structure or any portion thereof, which has different requirements.

Demolitions refer to the systematic dismantling or destruction of a building/structure, in whole or in part.

Street furniture are street structures consisting of monuments, waiting sheds, benches, plant boxes, lampposts, electric poles and telephone poles.

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.



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