Biggest construction expo in Mindanao on July 1 to 3

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/27 June) — Local constructors and real estate developers no longer need to travel to Manila to see for themselves the latest equipment and technology used in their trade as the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA) is set to bring them here next week for the biggest construction equipment and building materials exposition in Mindanao.

In a news conference, PCA president Levy Espiritu said the expo, to be held at the convention hall of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas here on July 1-3 will be a showcase of the latest in the construction industry.

“What have been regularly shown in the series of exposition in Manila will be brought here in Mindanao and it will made available to the stakeholders in Mindanao,” Espiritu said.

“All of us  start small, and we have realized that for companies to be able to compete, technological innovation is the key,” he said.

Embracing technology, he added, does not mean spending too much. “Constructors don’t have to go to Manila to learn new technologies. Instead, we are bringing them to you.”

Among the top brands that have signed up to join the event are CEMEX Phils., Cleamco Industrial Corp., Cobankiat Hardware, Inc., Comer Industrial and Metal Manufacturing Development, Eurodach Philippines, Hitachi Air-Conditioning Products (Philippines) Inc., Holcim Philippins, Koppel Inc., Man Automotive Concessionaires Corp., Monark Equipment, Pacific Paint (Boysen) Phils., Panasonic, Robert Bosch and others.

The event, dubbed as PHILCONSTRUCT Mindanao, will also have a techno forum that is expected to tackle the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184 by the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) on topics on “Want to Secure Government Contracts?”  and “Want to Know More About Warranty Requirements?”

The Philconstruct Mindanao 2010 will showcase five key sections: Building Materials; Construction/Mining Equipment; Intelligent Home; Interiors, and Plumbing and Fixtures.

Manolito P. Madrastro, PCA executive officer, added that industry players will have an opportunity to assess the kind of equipment they would need in their respective businesses.

Seminars will also be held on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Advantages of Arbitration over Court Litigation and How to File a Claim by Construction Industry Arbitration ommission/Philippine Institute of Contraction Arbitrators and Mediators (CIAC/PICAM).

The Revised Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Standard Specifications will be discussed by the DPWH Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS).

HOLCIM Philippines will conduct the seminar on Concrete Technology: Concrete Fundamentals and Practice. (Keith Bacongco / MindaNews)