The Future of Infrastructure in the Philippines

The Philippines has increased capital expenditure by 0.3% of GDP last year, and it plans to increase this figure over the medium term. Immediate priorities include improving the transport system in Manila, road connectivity, and seaports. This year, the government is also planning to spend around 5% of GDP on major infrastructure projects in Philippines. There are several projects under construction. Here are some of the highlights. Read on to find out what’s on the country’s infrastructure agenda for the coming years.

constructions in the Philippines

As of June 2018, the total number of constructions in the country was 40,182, up 11.7 percent from 35,983 projects in the same period last year. The value of the constructions was estimated at P101.2 billion, while the floor area of the constructions reached 8.8 million square meters. These figures were derived from construction statistics based on building permits approved. To make a comparison, here are some key details on the construction costs in the Philippines:

First, a brief history of the construction industry in the Philippines. First established in 1879, the Philippine Development Corporation (MDC) has been actively involved in the construction industry ever since. Its portfolio includes residential projects, office buildings, hotels, recreational structures, institutions and religious buildings. A recent project it undertook was a partnership with an Australian firm to construct the Power Plant Mall by Rockwell in Makati City. Another noteworthy project that DATEM has undergone is the construction of the ELJ Communication Center in Quezon City, which set a record for construction time.

Large buildings

The construction of high-rise residential towers is a trend that is set to continue in the country. In the metropolis of Manila, for example, taller buildings are on the horizon. As the population continues to grow, the development of taller buildings is expected. The design of these future structures must focus on sustainability and energy requirements. However, a few examples of high-rise condominiums and office buildings in the Philippines will give you an idea of the type of building that is in store.

The Duterte administration has ushered in a new era in the Philippines’ infrastructure, increasing spending to 5% of GDP. But while this represents a significant increase in infrastructure spending, critics fail to take into account institutional shortcomings. Delays and difficulty procuring permits by key bureaucracies can slow down all projects. Even the most enthusiastic leadership cannot overcome bureaucratic bottlenecks. Hence, it is critical to invest in large-scale projects that meet the demands of local residents.


As of January 2018, the Philippine government has approved 32 airports to be operational by the end of 2020, although there are many that remain unoperational. However, some of these airports will be open again very soon. You can view the complete list of Philippine airports below. Listed by region, the airports are open for business and accept flights, subject to local government approval. You can also make exceptions for flights, provided that special clearance is obtained.

Located in the main cities, the Philippine country’s airports are categorized into three types: international, feeder, and secondary. Major international airports are designed to accommodate jet aircraft while secondary airports are capable of handling smaller propeller aircraft. Smaller airports are classified as feeder airports, though they don’t normally offer scheduled service. These are often small airstrips serving islands or remote areas. Listed below are the classifications of airports in the Philippines.

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