Scope and Coverage
Construction statistics from approved building permits relate to administrative-based data on ne constructions and additions, alternations and repairs of existing residential and non-residential buildings and other structures proposed to be constructed in all cities and municipalities of the country in a specific period.
Source of Information
Construction statistics are compiled by Philippine Statistics Authority from the copies of original application forms of approved buildings permits as well as from demolition and fencing permits collected every month by PSA field personnel from the Offices of Local Building Officials (LBOs) nationwide.
- Data on private building constructions refer to those proposed to be constructed or construction work started during the reference period and not to construction work completed during the reference period.
- The completeness of the number of building permits collected relies on the applications filed and approved by the Offices of Local Building Officials (LBOs). Hence, private building constructions without approved building permits are not included in the tabulation of data.
Definition of Terms:
Accesoria - A one or two-floor structure divided into several dwelling units, each dwelling unit having its own separate entrance from the outside.
Additions/Alterations and Repairs - Construction works by which the utility of building or structure is raised or at least renewed or which materially extends the normal life of the building or structure.
Apartment - A structure, usually of two storeys, made up of independent living quarters, with independent entrances from internal walls and courts.
Building - Any independent, freestanding structure comprised of one or more rooms or other spaces, covered by a roof and enclosed with external walls or dividing walls, which extend the foundation to the roof.
Building Permit - A written authorization granted by the Local Building Official (LBO) to an applicant allowing him to proceed with the construction of a specific project after plans, specifications and other pertinent documents have been found to be in conformity with the National Building Code (PD 1096).
Duplex - A structure intended for two households, with complete living facilities for each; it is a single structure divided into two dwelling units by a wall extending from the floor to the ceiling.
Floor Area of Building - The sum of the area of each floor of the building measured to the outer surface of the outer walls including the area of lobbies, cellars, elevator shafts and all communal spaces in multi-dwellings. Areas of balconies are excluded.
Non-Residential Building - This type includes commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional buildings.
Other residential constructions - Consist of school or company staff houses, living quarters for drivers and maids and guardhouses.
Residential Building - A building for which its major parts or more than half of its gross floor area is built for dwelling purposes. This type of building can be of the single type, duplex, an apartment and/or accessoria and residential condominium.
Residential Condominium - A structure, usually of several storeys, consisting of multiple dwelling units.
Single House - A complete structure intended for a single family.
Total Value of Construction - The sum of the cost of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and others. The value is derived from the approved building permit and represents the estimated value of the building or structure when completed.
Aside from the preliminary tables posted in the PSA website, annual, quarterly and monthly statistical tables at the municipality level by type of construction and by form of ownership are available at the Industry Statistics Division of the PSA.
Other special tabulations may also be made available upon request, addressed to the National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority, 3rd floor CVEA Building, East Avenue, Quezon City.