Construction Statistics from Approved Building Permits for the Year 2005

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Thursday, February 1, 2007



This Special Release presents the final data series on construction statistics from approved building permits for the year 2005.

The final data set provides updates to the 2005 quarterly Special Releases on construction statistics. The sources of updates are additional approved building permits collected after cut-off dates because of data collection constraints. These documents were not yet available for inclusion in the tabulation of data on designated target dates.

The completeness of the number of building permits collected relies on the applications filed and approved by the Local Building Officials (LBOs) in all cities and municipalities nationwide. Building constructions without approved building permits are not included in the statistics presented in this Report.

Summary of Results





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Floor Area (in square meters)  




Value (in Php1,000)






  1. The total number of approved building permits for the year 2005 was recorded at 129,670, resulting to an increase of 23.0 percent from the 105,425 approved building permit reported during the year 2004. See Table A for comparative construction statistics by region and province for the years 2005 and 2004.
  2. Aggregate value of construction reached P113.2 billion, representing a 12.6 percent growth from the P100.5 billion recorded in 2004.
  3. Total floor area was estimated at 17.4 million square meters. The average cost per square meter for the year 2005 was computed at P6,481. Compared to P6,664 in 2004, average cost per square meter decreased by 2.7 percent.


  1. The total 129,670 approved building permits nationwide for the year 2005 is broken down by type of construction as follows:
    • Majority of approved building permits were for residential building construction, numbering to 91,207 permits (70.3%).
    • Non-residential building construction accounted for 14,143 approved building permits or only 10.9 percent of the total.
    • Combined approved building permits for additions, alterations and repairs were 24,320 or 18.8 percent of the total number of approved building permits.


  1. Among regions in the country, Region IVA (CALABARZON) posted the highest number of approved building permits at 30,445 or 23.5 percent of the total approved building permits during the year 2005. The National Capital Region and Region VII (Central Visayas) with respective shares of 16,986 approved building permits (13.1%) and 16,534 approved building permits (12.8%) followed.
  2. The least number of approved building permits was recorded in Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with only 403 for the year 2005. Moreover, none were recorded for the provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
  3. The aggregate value of construction during the year 2005 reached P113.2 billion, broken down by type of construction as follows:
    • More than half or 56.1 percent of the total value of construction amounting to P63.5 billion was for residential building construction.
    • Total construction value for non-residential building amounted to P39.3 billion or 34.7 percent of total value.
    • Combined value of construction for additions, alterations and repairs was P10.4 billion or 9.2 percent of total value.

Source:   National Statistics Office
                 Manila, Philippines