Organizers launch construction show

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FIVE trade shows, seven forums and a fun run are expected in this year’s PhilConstruct Visayas from June 6 to 8 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug Cebu City.

At the press conference and launch at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino yesterday, event chairman Bernard Vonn Sia announced the activities lined up for PhilConstruct Visayas 2013.

Happening for the first time during the Cebu Business Month (CBM) and in collaboration with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), PhilConstruct Visayas 2013 will include two exhibits on Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration by the Philippine Society of Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigerating Engineers; Tubod, a domestic furniture tradeshow by Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc.; Tablescapes, a setting competition by the Cebu Chapter of the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, and the Architects Pavilion, a showcase of projects by the United Architects of the Philippines.

Sia said the event forums will tackle taxation, the Revised Structural Code of the Philippines 2010, Philippine Interior Design Act 2012, seminars on interior design and media, orientation programs for liaison officers, safety trainings for heavy equipments and a regional technical conference.

To celebrate the culmination of the event, a fun run is scheduled on June 9. Proceeds of the run will be spent to build an eco-friendly school building in Mandaue City.

Sia said PhilConstruct Visayas 2013 is sold out. It is an industry tradeshow of 225 companies, 350 booths and more than 1,000 new products on display housed in about half a hectare of exhibition space.

Sia said 96 percent of the expected visitors have a role in their company’s purchasing process.

CBM 2013 overall chair Melanie Ng said it was time to include PhilConstruct Visayas as an official part of CBM, with Cebu evolving into a construction hub in the country and in Asia.

Department of Trade and Industry Cebu Provincial Office director Nelia Navarro recognized the role of construction as a major economic driver especially in Cebu.

She said the construction scene is fueled by the demand for office and outsourcing spaces, residential condominiums and hotels.

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