Construction faces challenges-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
A DAVAO City official on Thursday cited six challenges that the construction industry players might face in the years to come.
"There are challenges in the construction industry. Each player may respond differently," Davao City Investments Promotion Office officer-in-charge Ivan Cortez said during the 2013 Philconstruct Mindanao Investment Forum held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier.
Aside from the need for players to be competitive in the industry, Cortez pointed out that industry players have to initiate measures to maintain a pool of skilled workers.
"More players mean stiffer competition in hiring skilled ones work for you," said Cortez.
This was also pointed out by Mindanao Business Council president Vicente Lao in his speech, saying that to remain competitive in this industry companies should invest in training their workforce to keep up with the new advancements in the industry sector.
Cortez also pointed out that keeping up with the new technology will also pose as a challenge to those in the construction industry, same is true with climate change.
"There is now preference for climate change responsive designs and operations," he said.
There is also the challenge for players to remain in good standing in the industry. He stressed that companies should have the commitment to deliver 100 percent despite the disruptions. Delivering 100 percent will benefit the company in the long run.
Working with nature is also a challenge to the construction industry.
"This is something I dream of being implemented in every vertical and horizontal movement. In a plot of land filled with trees, what do you do? Cut them all off and proceed with you fully maximize plan to respond to the call of working with nature?" said Cortez.
Finally, he said, there is also a challenge in reducing the carbon footprints produced by the companies. He encourages them that as much as possible they will consider the reduction of carbon footprint in every construction phase.
At the end of the forum, Cortez told participants the importance of adaptation and innovation. He said that they can start by developing houses that will cater to those in the flood prone areas like those with floaters or stilt houses.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 07, 2013.