Top Construction Companies in the Philippines

Last Updated – Nov 12, 2021 @ 3:16 pm

A good construction company could mean the difference between the success and failure of a construction project.

Since construction projects are expensive and lengthy by nature, a good construction company should be efficient and able to maximize resources. 

In the Philippines, there are many construction firms but there are a few standouts. If you are thinking of starting your own construction project (or have finally decided to build your own house), you should check out the companies on this list. 

Top Construction Firms in the Philippines

Some of the names on this list may be familiar to you. Perhaps you passed by a construction site and saw a sign with the name of one of these companies on it. Or maybe you have seen these companies getting featured in the news. 

Here are some of the country’s top construction companies:

DBCI

Disclosure: DBCI is an exclusive partner of Grit PH

Diamond Builders Conglomeration, Inc. (DBCI) was established in 1988 with the idea of designing and building better homes and effective workplaces. After 30 years, it remains strong.

DBCI combines their experience and expertise, tailored, rigorous processes, and attentive client liaison to deliver quality service.

Their services and specializations include:

  • Hotel and Resort Development
    • Hotel Design & Construction
    • Resort Development
    • Swimming Pool
    • Rest House
    • Tourism Infrastructure
  • Commercial and Residential Projects
    • Residential or Commercial Buildings
    • Medium Rise Buildings
    • Institutional Buildings 
  • Office Fit Out
    • BPO or Call Center
    • Data Center or Technology Solutions
    • Corporate Offices
    • Complete Office Fit Out
  • Industrial and Public Infrastructure
    • Warehouse & Factory
    • Manufacturing Plant
    • Property Development
    • Transportation Infrastructure
    • Public Works
  • Design Development
    • Design Masterplan
    • Conceptual Design Plan
    • Structural Engineering Design
    • Total Design Planning
    • Interior Design

Contact Information:

  • Address:
    • (Manila Comm Office) U-118 Stellar Place, Visayas Ave., Quezon City, NCR, Philippines
    • (Visayas Office) 68 Real St., Fatima Village, Tacloban City,  Leyte, Philippines
  • Website: http://www.diamondbuildersph.com/
  • Contact Number: +63 908 880 8076

Megawide

Incorporated in 1997, Megawide has a broad portfolio, offering services in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), Progressive Property Development, Airport Infrastructure, and Renewable Energy.

They integrate comprehensive EPC capabilities into innovative construction support technologies.

Their services include:

  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction
    • Residential
    • Office and Commercial
    • Hotels and Casino
    • Mixed Used
    • Precast
    • Formwork Systems
    • Concrete Batching Plant
    • Equipment and Transportation
  • Airport Infrastructure
  • Transport-Oriented Development

Contact Information:

  • Address:
    • (Head Office) 20 N. Domingo St., Brgy. Valencia, Quezon City, Philippines 1112
    • (Holdco Office) 10th Floor, Rockwell Santolan Town Plaza, Boni Serrano Ave. San Juan, Philippines 1500
  • Website: https://megawide.com.ph/
  • Contact Number: (02) 8655 1111

DMCI

D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) was established in December 1954.

An engineering-based integrated construction company, it operates in different key construction segments, such as building, infrastructure, energy, and utilities and plants.

Their services include:

  • Building Construction
    • Commercial Establishments
    • Offices
    • Residential Buildings
  • Power Plant Construction
    • Engineering
    • Installation of Equipment
    • Construction
  • Housing Projects
  • Heavy-Lifting Jobs
  • Civil Works

Contact Information:

  • Address: DMCI Plaza Building, 2281 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, 1231 Makati City, Philippines
  • Website: https://web.dmcinet.com/
  • Contact Number: (632) 888 3624 | (632) 888 3102 | (632) 888 3995

EEI

EEI Corporation has a wide range of engineering and construction services.

As a General Engineering Contractor, EEI has received a quadruple-A rating (the highest) from the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) of the Department of Trade and Industry. 

Their services include:

  • Infrastructure Construction
  • Construction of Buildings and Properties
    • Office Buildings
    • Condominiums 
    • Hotel Service Apartments 
    • Mixed-Use Commercial Developments
    • Industrial Parks
    • Factory Buildings
    • Educational Institutions
    • Hospitals
    • Government Facilities
  • Industrial Facilities
    • Light Industry (such as Automotive, Semiconductors, Pharmaceuticals, Processed Foods, Softdrinks, Alcoholic Beverages  and Confectionery Industries)
    • Heavy Industry (such as Oil, Petroleum, Gas, Power Producer, Mining, and Cement Companies)
  • Steel Fabrication 

Contact Information:

  • Address: (Corporate Office) 12 Manggahan St., Bagumbayan, Quezon City 1110, Philippines
  • Website: https://www.eei.com.ph/
  • Contact Number: (632) 334 2677 (EEICORP)

MDC 

A Quadruple A Platinum contractor and an ISO-certified company, Makati Development Corporation (MDC) is a  subsidiary of and wholly-owned by Ayala Land, Inc.

MDC has been in the business for 45 years.

Their services include:

  • Engineering
    • Geodetic Surveying
    • Quantity Surveying
    • Civil Works
    • Contracts Management
    • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
    • Architectural and Engineering
    • Architectural Design
    • Structural Design
    • Electro-Mechanical Design
    • Building Information Modeling
    • Research and Development
  • Procurement 
  • Pre-construction, Construction and Post-construction
    • Land Development
    • Infrastructure
    • Housing
    • Landscaping
    • Buildings
    • Golf Course Management
  • Construction Management 
    • Land Acquisition, Project Conceptualization, Project Planning, Project Implementation, Project Delivery and After Sales
  • Other Services:
    • Concrete Products
    • Equipment Solutions
    • Building Systems
    • Building Information Modeling
    • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance
    • Fit Out

Contact Information:

  • Address: (MDC Group Headquarters) MDC Corporate Center, Radian Street, Arca South Estate, Western Bicutan, Taguig City, Philippines 1630 
  • Website: https://www.mdc.com.ph/
  • Contact Number: (632) 7759 0800

DATEM

DATEM is another Quadruple A contractor in the Philippines.

With almost forty years in the industry, DATEM offers engineering services that are based on technical expertise, technology, and innovation. 

Their services include:

  • Technical Consultancy
  • Project Planning
  • Value Engineering
  • Research and Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety Program
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Time-Saving Strategy

*DATEM also offers products, such as Beams, Formworks, Transfloor, and DATEM Wallcrete.

Contact Information:

  • Address: DATEM Building, 99 Mindanao Avenue, Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City, Philippines 1106
  • Website: https://www.datem.com.ph/
  • Contact Number: (632) 8923 2836

Monolith

Monolith Construction & Development Corporation was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in November 1990, but prior to this, the company was already operating under Monolith Builders, Inc. and had undertaken several projects within Metro Manila and outside between 1987 and 1990.

Today, Monolith continues to offer their services.

Their services include:

  • Construction of Malls
  • Commercial Spaces
  • Offices
  • Hotels
  • Residential
  • Schools
  • Religious/Institution

Contact Information:


ARCGO

ARCGO takes pride in offering excellent Architectural, Engineering, Mechanical, Civil, and Electrical services.

This family-owned general construction company from Benguet, Philippines provides a one-stop solution for house construction, renovation and home improvement.

Their services include:

  • Construction Services
  • Renovation Services
  • Electrical/Mechanical
  • Construction Equipment
  • Container House
  • Planning & Design
  • Other Services:
    • Architectural Model
    • Signage Construction
    • Furniture, Windows and Doors

Contact Information:

  • Address:PA 180, La Trinidad, Benguet, Baguio City, Philippines
  • Website: https://www.arcgo-ph.com/
  • Contact Number: +639 077777786

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Tips on Choosing the Right Construction Company for your Project

The secret to a successful construction process lies in choosing the right service provider. Here are some tips you can follow to ensure you get the right construction company.

Consider your needs

Most construction companies specialize in specific types of buildings, houses, price points, and styles.

For instance, not all construction companies do well in making budget houses, and not all construction companies have a track record in building multi-million mansions. This is why you need to consider your needs.

Price is not the only factor

There is so much competition in the construction industry so it’s not uncommon to see companies bidding low. But even if you’re working with a limited budget, do not toss out other factors out the window and simply pick the company with the lowest bid amount.

If it’s significantly lower than the amount of most contractors, treat that as a warning sign. Instead, choose a company that communicates well, and understands your vision.

Even if you’re spending more, the experience of working with them will make it worth it.

Take a look at their references

Reputation is key in the construction business. Pick a company with an excellent reputation. Research their previous works, and talk to their previous clients so you can get a picture of their level of expertise.

This will also help you get to know their customer service. Once you’ve examined their references, you can start talking to them about the project duration, cost, and other construction details.

They must be licensed

Make sure you are working with a licensed company. Do not be afraid to ask whether or not they have complete registration papers and other necessary documents. Typically, these documents will be displayed in their office.

Aside from that, you should also inquire whether or not they have insurance. Although this is not required in construction projects, it is a big advantage. 

They must provide a warranty

When you build a new home or any type of building, it should be under warranty. Therefore, you can have peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about big costs caused by major repairs. 

Look for at least a ten-year structural guarantee in commercial establishments or houses. This should be transferable to the new owner in case you decide to sell. 

Know who their team members are

The project experience of construction companies is extremely important, and so are the individual experiences of the team members involved. When choosing a construction company, you need to know who will lead the project.

You can ask the construction company for the resume of the key people assigned to your project to know more about their experience, as well as professional designations and education. This usually includes the following:

  • Superintendent
  • Project executive
  • Project and preconstruction manager 

They must respect your budget

Although prioritizing cost is not recommended when choosing a construction company, you need a team that is committed to working within your budget, and still considers the quality of the project.

Having this holistic approach will ensure that they won’t be cutting corners, and you won’t have major problems down the road. 

Get everything into writing

When it comes to major expenses like construction, you need to get all elements of your agreement into writing. After all, this document won’t only be beneficial to you but also the construction company. 

If a company insists not to get things into writing, pick another one. Keep in mind that if you run into any trouble in the future, you can’t have restitution without a written contract.

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Construction in the Philippines FAQs

What does a construction company do? 

A construction company constructs buildings, properties, facilities, developments, housing, pavement, roads, and motorways, among other construction projects.

Whatever is on the drawing sheets, a construction company makes it real by building it for an amount that they and their clients agree upon. Basically, construction companies execute building and infrastructure work.

What are the main types of construction?

The types of construction projects include residential building construction, commercial building construction, industrial construction, and heavy civil construction.

How much do construction companies charge?

You can expect general contractors to charge anywhere between 10% and 20% of the total construction project cost1. This is also called “cost plus.” You might have to pay closer to 25% if the project is large. General contractors typically do not go with an hourly rate.

As for the construction costs, they vary according to the type (residential or non-residential) and location (region of the country) of the project. The Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the average residential construction cost per square meter during the fourth quarter of 2020 was Php 10,590.00. For non-residential construction, it was Php 9,772.00.2  

Perhaps construction costs vary by region due to material availability and local regulations. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the region with the highest average construction costs for both residential and non-residential types was the National Capital Region (NCR), at Php 14,480.00 and Php 12,209.00 respectively. On the other hand, Region X (Northern Mindanao) had the lowest average construction costs, with Php 5,920.00 for residential projects and Php 7,260.00 for non-residential projects.

How much does an architect cost to draw plans in the Philippines?

In the Philippines, there are architectural firms that sell ready-made house designs. For example, you can buy a design for Php 10,000 from the Philippine House Designs. What you will be getting is their most basic set and it comes with soft copies of the roof and floor plans and architectural details, for drawing and implementation.

They also offer more premium sets, with the most premium ones costing around Php 45,000 to Php 50,000. These sets come with signed and sealed drawings. They also include documents that are required for getting a building permit.3

You can also opt to hire the services of a freelance architect,but there are no standard rates for this.

How big is the construction industry in the Philippines?

A key sector of the country’s economy, the construction industry contributed around 336 billion pesos in gross value added (GVA) during the last quarter of 2020.4

GVA is used to adjust gross domestic product (GDP), which is an important indicator of the state of the total economy of a country.

Difference between general contractors and civil engineers?

Basically, general contractors take on a project while civil engineers design the project. The contractor implements the specification of the designer in construction. They use the plans and specifications made by the designers (architect, civil engineer, mechanical engineer, etc) in getting the building built.

A general contractor also hires subcontractors and coordinates their work. The general contractor makes sure that the job is on track so that it could be completed on time and does not go over the budget.

Sources

  1. HomeAdvisor
  2. PSA.gov.ph
  3. SunStar
  4. Statista

About Phoebe Jade Tabar

Phoebe is a business & finance writer at Grit PH. She also teaches English and review classes online. She has been to several countries in Southeast Asia and hopes to visit more in other parts of the world.

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