The health pandemic that has affected most countries in the world has also had economic impacts. With lockdowns and quarantine restrictions, people’s movement was limited, and so does the consumption of products and services. Because one factor that affects economic growth is consumption, the economy slowed down during the pandemic.

One particular industry affected by the pandemic is the construction industry. At the height of the pandemic, construction in the Philippines was limited to essential projects. These essential projects include, but are not limited to, quarantine and isolation facilities for the suspected, probable, and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Fortunately, two years after the first outbreak of the pandemic, cases are getting low, so the construction industry is in the “new normal” phase. Currently, all public and private construction projects are allowed as long as they strictly follow the Revised Construction Safety Guidelines of the Department of Public Work and Highways.

With the construction industry back to its pre-pandemic activities, purchasing of construction materials is also back in full swing. To help the economy recover even further, we recommend buying materials from local suppliers.

Advantages of Buying from Local Suppliers

Various institutions have been campaigning for utilizing construction materials manufactured locally because doing so will help the country’s economic recovery. Especially during the pandemic, where many people lost their jobs, supporting local manufacturers will help create and maintain jobs for Filipinos. However, aside from the economic benefits, buying from local suppliers has other advantages.

  1. Faster Delivery
    If your suppliers are locals, then coordinating with them is easier in terms of logistics and communication. You don’t have to worry about time zones. Delivery of products is also faster, and stocks are often readily available so you can finish your construction projects faster, too.
  2. Reliability of local brands
    Domestic brands with certified the Philippine Standards (PS) mark are safe for public use and conform to local and international standards. It also provides peace of mind to consumers that they can have due recourse in case there are concerns with quality and performance.
  3. Environment-friendly
    A shorter supply chain means less consumption of energy, which is great for the environment. With climate change a pressing issue nowadays, we have to employ all methods to lessen the negative impact of our actions on the environment.

Local Construction Materials Suppliers that You Can Support

Roofing Materials in the Philippines

UGC roof

If you need roofing materials for your construction projects, then we recommend getting them from Union Galvasteel Corporation. UGC is a market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of pre-painted and other galvanized roofing and galvanized steel building products. Their roofs are available in Red, Green, Beige, Blue, Orange, White, and Brown variants. Special colors are also available upon request.

Aside from offering a variety of building components, UGC also helps clients with budget preparation, project scheduling, and project completion. Their materials are very easy to find, as they have the largest and most diversified distribution network in the industry. We have warehouses and sales offices in strategic locations throughout the country. Get in touch with them via our website:

Solar Panels in the Philippines

Phinma solar panels

For your electricity needs, why not utilize solar energy? Phinma Solar has developed energy solutions allowing homeowners and project owners to stop worrying about the capital expenditure for a solar facility. Learn more about this great innovation from the Phinma Solar website:

Cement Supply in the Philippines

The bulk of your construction materials would most likely be cement, as you need it to create concrete. Structures nowadays are mostly built of concrete, which is not surprising because concrete is one of the most durable materials in construction. Fortunately, you don’t have to source high-quality construction cement elsewhere, as they are readily available locally. We recommend going for Union Cement, a local cement brand in the Philippines you can rely on.

Union Cement has its terminal and port facility in the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) in Mariveles. Mariveles is just 163 km away from Manila, and it is strategically linked to main roadways, giving it easy access to the North and Central Luzon areas. Also, because it has a deep-water harbor, large vessels can dock easily, while smaller vessels can do simultaneous loading and unloading. These features allow Union Cement products to be deployed from FAB to other destinations fast.

Union Cement’s products have high workability, early compressive strength, and consistency that exceed both Philippine and international standards, which are ideal for concrete construction applications.

Union Ultra Strength 50 is a Union Cement’s Ordinary Portland Cement with compressive strength of up to 50 MPa after 28 days, which simply means that it can withstand heavy and extreme loads, so it is highly suitable for structures and buildings that require durability and resilience. In addition, it conforms with the DPWH standards on cement materials. Union Ultra Strength 50 is available in bulk and in jumbo 1.0 metric ton bags, which are preferred for large construction projects.

For general concrete applications, Union Super Strength 40 is a Type IP cement product blended with superb mineral additives applicable for general concrete construction.

Union Extra Strength ES is Union’s type 1P Portland-Pozzolan cement variant formulated for general concrete applications and generally available in stores at key markets nationwide.

Consistent with parent company PHINMA’s vision of making lives better, Union Cement provides a reliable and consistent supply of high-quality cement products and services to support our country’s construction and infrastructure requirements.

Union Cement is part of the PHINMA Construction Materials Group (PHINMA CMG), which includes affiliates Union Galvasteel Corporation and PHINMA Solar Energy Corporation. The synergy of these three companies allows PHINMA CMG to provide high-quality steel, cement, and solar solutions at outstanding value to customers nationwide.

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