Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Building boom in Manila

Tony Macapagal
Manila Standard

At least 243 construction projects, 43 in depot-laden Pandacan, are lined up across Manila indicating a reinvigorated sector, said a city official.

Engineer Melvin Balagot, building office chief, in his report to Mayor Alfredo Lim, said the list of clearances and permits issued has lengthened amid what is described as a global financial crunch.

“This ongoing building boom clearly shows that investors have confidence the way our city officials and employees are doing their given tasks. Also, our local residents and constituents have trust and faith in the manner we enforce and implement rules, regulations and guidelines, especially the building code,” Lim was quoted as saying in commending Balagot and his staff.

A list furnished Standard Today by Balagot showed a 25-story condominium on Ongpin Street in Binondo owned by Presscon Philippines Inc.; a 10-story condo on De las Alas St.; Sta. Ana owned by CDC Realty Inc.; a nine-story building corner of Narra and Padre Algue streets, Tondo owned by Giant Star Realty Corp.; a 10-story commercial building near the Robinsons Place in Ermita belonging to Ronnie Ong; a seven-story commercial edifice on Antonio Rivera St., Tondo owned by Hui Fuk Tong and Carlito Go; a seven-story residential-commercial building on Apacible St., Paco owned by Peter See; a six-story residential apartment on Cristobal St., Sampaloc owned by Simplicia Chuachico; a six-story residential apartment on V. Concepcion St., Sta. Cruz owned by Manuel Tamayo (of Perpetual Help College Manila); a six-story commercial structure on Margal corner Don Quijote streets, Sampaloc owned by JR Realty and Development Corp. Philippines; a six-story apartment on M. Hizon St., Sta. Cruz owned by Aljane Anatalio; four five-story clusters in Sampaloc; and one in Tondo in the low- to medium-rise segment.

In the high-rise category projects in various stages of construction are a residential/commercial on P. Noval St., Sampaloc owned by S & R Finance Corp.; a building on Leon Guinto St., Malate owned by Ocean Star Realty Inc.; a building on Taft Ave., Malate owned by The Tower Corp.; a commercial building on Juan Luna cor. T. Paez streets, Tondo owned by Tiu Kim Tia; a building on Soler St. owned by R & S Tower Inc.; and one on Alvarado St., Binondo owned by Uniworld.

According to Balagot, the building rush translates to added business and realty tax revenue for the city coffer.

“More taxes collected will mean more school rooms, free medicines, free school supplies, paved roads, benefits for our workers, cops, teachers and medical hands, feeding sessions and wheelchairs for the less fortunate to be provided by our government,” he said.

Balagot said his staff would be inspecting dormitories and boarding houses to make sure they conform to regulations on fire safety, ventilation, hygiene and other provisions of the building code.

He said a task force would determine structures to be “condemned and must be demolished immediately” to prevent accidents due to collapsing buildings.

1 comment:

  1. I live in the old building since I was six years old at that time the old home we moved to Ayala boulevard since 1972 and the old building demolished make its way to new high rise condominium owned by a Chinese Filipino businessman a former land plot used a a new lease of buildings and other old houses torn down too miles from tutuban mall manila's answer to grand central station New York a railway station becomes a mall and a movie house all rolled in one that's known as tutuban train station near part of divisoria and c.recto avenue and a shoppers place and vendors to sell fruits and vegetables and dry goods too etc.thanks!from:Wayne