Updated Build, Build, Build Program Continues to Boost Property Sector

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The Duterte administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program is providing the Philippine real estate market with a substantial boost, as property supply and values rise amid growing demand. The trend is expected to continue further with the list of flagship projects under the program expanded to 100 from 75 originally.

Some earlier projects found to be unfeasible were removed from the list, while new projects that were added include some unsolicited proposals and others being considered for tender under public-private partnership programs. All the projects have undergone feasibility studies.

The revised list of flagship projects under the program, which was launched in 2017, now includes the New Manila International Airport, as well as the renovation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Davao International Airport, and Sangley Airport in Cavite. Also listed are the construction of the MRT Line 7, the rehabilitation of MRT Line 3, and the first phase of Metro Manila’s first-ever subway.

Property stimulus

Lamudi, the country’s leading online property portal, said that the build-up plan serves as a stimulus to properties not only in Metro Manila but wherever new infra projects rose across the country.

“The program is creating greater demand for real estate properties, particularly in areas outside Metro Manila,” it noted in a study.

The online marketplace also added that businesses, families, and individuals are reaping the benefits amidst potential improvements in commercial expansion, job opportunities, and accessibility.

Suburban provinces that are already seeing the effects on the real estate sector are Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and Bulacan. According to data generated by Lamudi, the number of leads in these provinces rose by 20% between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019.

The property site explained that the completed projects of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange and the NAIA Expressway Phase 2 had provided the public with a glimpse of the program’s potential.

 “As the Build, Build, Build program charges over the next few years, it will drive the Philippine real estate industry to greater heights,” said Lamudi, while noting that developers are seeking to take advantage of the spurt demand.

A Colliers International report said that the success of President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to boost the infrastructure backbone of the country would dictate the direction of the real estate sector beyond his term,

“Based on the government’s infrastructure plan, Colliers expects Metro Clark, Metro Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Bulacan province and Davao City to benefit from the Duterte administration’s infrastructure push,” said Colliers Research Manager Joey Bondoc.

Infrastructure projects

Vivencio B. Dizon, the presidential adviser for flagship infrastructure projects, said in an interview that the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and China Gezhouba Group are about to ink a deal by the end of 2019 to develop a 500-hectare, mixed-use industrial park in New Clark City. Dizon, who also heads the BCDA, said that the metropolis planned northwest of Manila targets manufacturers from China, Japan, Korea and the US.

Dizon added that the agency and Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd. will also sign a contract to develop a resort complex in New Clark City. The BCDA, he noted, has already hired US firm Aecom to provide professional technical services, to study the most efficient ways to use its land portfolio of over 40,000 hectares.

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez said that the resort complex has already attracted new industries and is poised to become the center of modern enterprise in Southeast Asia. 

BBB Funding

The Philippine government allotted about Php 816.2 billion for the Build, Build, Build program in 2019, which is equivalent to 4.2% of the country’s GDP. This is expected to further increase to 7% by 2022.

In its mid-year report on the 2019 national budget, the Development Budget Coordination Committee said that the bulk of the budget, at Php 286.8 billion, was planned for road networks. This was followed by flood control at Php 104 billion, social infrastructures like school buildings at Php 35.9 billion, transport systems at Php 33.9 billion, irrigation at Php 25.5 billion, health at Php 7.0 billion, and housing at Php 2.1 billion.

Check out Lamudi’s The Outlook E-magazine for more articles about trends to watch in the industry. For more details about The Outlook 2020: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards, visit lamudi.com.ph/outlook2020

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