5th Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit Philippines

MAKATI CITY, 31 March 2017 – The Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Philippines hosted this year’s 5th Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Manila with the theme “Unraveling the New Philippines: Heightened Optimism. Surging Investment.”

“The new Philippines is unravelling and continuing exciting growth stories. The economy grew by 6.8% in 2016 and posted the fastest growth in Asia last year. The main economic drivers of growth especially in the final quarter of 2016 were manufacturing, trade, real estate, renting, and business activities and that brings the Philippines as one of the highest recording country registering 60 quarters of uninterrupted growth for the Philippines. We are enjoying a strong vibrant community because of this strong domestic consumption that is sustained by our friends in the BPO industry, our 11million Filipinos abroad who continue to remit money to the country, and the increasing purchasing power of the middle class,” said Amb. Jose E.B. Antonio, Chairman of Century Properties Group, and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Philippines Chapter.

The summit highlighted compelling breakthroughs and issues shaping the market, and deliberated by expert discussants represented by policy and key decision-makers from the public and private sectors. This year’s summit gave emphasis on 4 points: Real Estate Investment Trust, Infrastructure Development, Emerging Cities, and Tourism Development.

Among the summit discussants were: Undersecretary Atty. Antonette C. Tionko from the Department of Finance presenting on the Philippine REITs, Undersecretary Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral from the Department of Public Works and Highways on Philippine Infrastructure Development, Undersecretary Dr. Adoracion M. Navarro from the National Economic and Development Authority discussing about Philippine Emerging Cities, and Mr. Peter Verwer, CEO of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association who shared about The State of the Market (Real Estate Industry in the Asia Pacific Region).

Summit proceedings and copies of the presentations are available at http://www.5apreisp.com.

The PHILGBC is one of the industry partners for the 5th Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit Philippines.


PASAY CITY, 15 – 19 March 2017 – The Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition or WORLDBEX 2017 was organized by Worldbex Services International. WORLDBEX is a construction exposition happening annually for the local and international building and construction industry with a profile of about 500 exhibitors, and attended by more than 150, 000 visitors per year. This year’s WORLDBEX was successfully conducted side-by-side in three (3) locations, namely: World Trade Center-Manila, Philippine Trade and Training Center, and the SMX Convention Center.

“The PHILGBC welcome initiatives such as Worldbex that allows people to come together and witness the latest market innovations, technologies, products, and services that are instrumental for building sustainable and greener environments for people. Together with programs and campaigns of the PHILGBC such as the Better Places Philippines and the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), these initiatives contribute in raising better public awareness, collaborative exchange of ideas and expertise, and professional responsibility among companies, building professionals and individuals as we move forward to creating a world with built environment that support healthier and happier lives for those who occupy them,” said PHILGBC CEO Mr. Christopher de la Cruz.

The PHILGBC is one of the industry partners who supported Worldbex 2017. This year, a total of 26 Associations supported Worldbex: Philippine Wood Producers Association, The Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc., Society of Philippine Electrotechnical Constructors and Suppliers Inc., United Architects of the Philippines, Architectural Center Club, Inc., Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc., Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Marble Association of the Philippines, Philippine Association of Landscape Architects, Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers, Philippine Green Building Council, Philippine Hardware Foundation Inc., and Philippine Institute of Architects, among others.

WGBC APN Mid-Year Meeting

Collaborating and complementing one another’s efforts in addressing region-specific challenges and creating opportunities in green building.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – April 11, 2017 – Leaders of 12 national Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific Region gathered together in Kuala Lumpur for the biannual meeting of World Green Building Council – Asia Pacific Network (WorldGBC-APN).  The two-day WorldGBC-APN Mid-Year Meeting was hosted by the Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC). The WorldGBC APN Meetings serve as a powerful and collaborative platform for the APN network to exchange knowledge, ideas, solutions, work plans on the green transformation of markets in the region. It is also an opportunity where the green building leaders share the highlights of their councils and discuss the issues they are facing.

WorldGBC and APN Chair, Tai Lee Siang provided an inspiring opening message recalling how the organization evolved from being non-existent to becoming the global leader in green building and the source of knowledge and business strategies on sustainability. Currently there are 76 national GBCs worldwide –  39 Established Members, 11 Emerging Members and 29 Prospective Members.

WorldGBC Global strategy, governance, projects and events were provided by the WorldGBC staff. Among the project shared are: Better Places for People, Building Efficiency Accelerator and Net Zero.

The APN Regional Manager, Joelle Chen lead the discussion on the APN Strategy and workplan. Included in the agenda were regional and local issues such as raising the profile of the APN and capacity building strategies — revenue generation, members engagement and retention program. Some outcomes of the meeting include: development of a series of mini-reports of the Business Case for Green Buildings and the creation of a Regional Leadership Consortium led by the Established GBCs and regional partners.

The year-end APN Meeting will be hosted by the PHILGBC in November during the National Convention which included activities such as: CEO Forum, Green Building Tour, PHILGBC 10th year Gala Dinner, and the Building Green Conference.

The WorldGBC – Asia Pacific Network is composed of 15 national GBCs namely:

Established Members

Green Building Council Australia

Hong Kong Green Building Council

Indian Green Building Council

Japan Sustainable Building Consortium

New Zealand Green Building Council

Malaysia Green Building Confederation

Philippine Green Building Council

Singapore Green Building Council

Taiwan Green Building Council

Emerging Members

Green Building Council Indonesia

Korea Green Building Council

Pakistan Green Building Council

Kazakhstan Green Building Council

Prospective Members

Green Building Council Sri Lanka

Vietnam Green Building Council


TAGUIG CITY – February 17, 2017 – PHILGBC has conducted several workshops with Monocrete Construction Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) as part of the BERDE Pilot Program. As a pilot project for certification using the BERDE GBRS – Operations v.1.1.0 , MCPI and PHILGBC are identifying the appropriate and applicable credits to ensure the sustainable operations of an industrial facility for engineering products and solutions.

The latest workshop conducted last February 17, 2017 discussed the framework and the proposed credits by MCPI for their pilot project. Through this workshop, the PHILGBC engaged in discussions with MCPI on their recommended credits for their project. The proposed credits will undergo a comprehensive review before drafting the pilot rating scheme specific for MCPI.

The BERDE Pilot Program ensures the continuous development of BERDE Green Building Rating Schemes addressing the needs and priorities of different building types. For more information on the BERDE Pilot Program, contact the BERDE Program Secretariat through email at berde@philgbc.org.


MANILA – March 24, 2017 – The National Ecolabelling Programme – Green Choice Philippines (NELP-GBP) held the event launch and press conference for the 5th Kalikasan GP3 last March 24, 2017 at the New World Manila Bay Hotel. This year’s expo conference will be held from September 21-23, 2017 at the SMX Mall of Asia with the theme “Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in Addressing Climate Challenges”.

Dr. JR. Nereus Acosta, Chairperson, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI) – administrator of NELP-GBC, gave the opening remarks which was followed by a keynote address from Sen. Aquilino Pimentel, III, Senate President, 17th Congress – Senate of the Philippines.

Dr. Alvin Culaba, NELP-GCP Technical Committee Head, led the tribute to the people working behind the Green Choice Program. Dr. Acosta and Sen. Pimentel III presented the certificates of recognition to the individuals and organizations which included Mr. Christopher de la Cruz, Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Green Building Council.

Usec. Zenaida Maglaya, KGP3 2015 Convener presented the 14 members of the KGP3 2017 Conveners who signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. As conveners, the organizations would provide support for the KGP3 2017 and serve as conference icons.

The KGP3 2017 conveners include: 17th Congress of Senate of the Philippines, Department of Tourism, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Local Government of Quezon City, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc., Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), Philippine Business for the Environment, Philippine Wood Producers Association, Foreign Chamber Council of the Philippines, GIZ Thailand, SM Supermalls and Ayala Land, Inc.

In the last KGP3 2015 Expo Conference, the PHILGBC co-presented the Green Building and Sustainable Construction Conference.

The KGP3 aims to present and discuss the global and local outlook in sustainable production and consumption (SCP) initiatives through the adoption of green economy strategies in addressing climate change mitigation and adaption and cultural heritage preservation.

Building Green Newsletter Issue No. 3

Building Green Newsletter Issue No. 3

Download the Building Green Newsletter Issue No. 3 here.

The Building Green Newsletter, much like how the native Tambuli is a tool for calling out to the communities, is here to announce to our membership the most recent events in the Council.  Featured in this issue are:

    • Raul Joseph Concepcion, Concepcion Carrier Airconditioning Corporation
    • Building Green Conference 2014
    • General Membership Meeting, October 2014
    • Glasstech Asia 2014
    • 2015 PHILGBC Strategic Planning
    • World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Regional Network
      • Year-End Meeting 2014
      • Mid-Year Meeting 2015
    • Legislative Committee
    • BERDE Committee
    • Membership Committee
  • Announcements of Upcoming Events

For more information on the newsletter and how you can be part of the team, please contact the Membership Committee at membership@philgbc.org.

COMMITTEES AT WORK: 2015 Strategic Planning

The PHILGBC Board of Trustees (BOT) held its Strategic Planning for the year 2015 last 30 January, 2015 at the F1 Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.City. With the newly elected members, the BOT discussed the work plan for the year, as well as future directions for the Council.

COVER: Tambuli

In pre-hispanic Philippines, the “Tambuli”, which was an indigenous tool made out of Carabao horn, was used as an instrument for the natives to come and attend meetings called-for by their elders, listen to announcements from their chieftains or take part in making decisions for the safety and well-being of the tribe or community. How the locals were able to harness the idea of making this animal part as an important tool goes beyond a stroke of luck; but rather, a display of ingenuity, skill and making a sustainable use of what is applicable and available then. This form of calling proved to be an effective tool to gather people, disseminate information, allow each one to be updated with what’s going on in the villages and involve every member on issues that affect them or on situations that could threaten their peaceful co-existence in the community.

Fast forward to our 3rd edition of the Building Green Newsletter, we still see the “Tambuli” in its symbolic importance and melodious tone, as we announce to our members the most recent events in the Council as well as updates on PHILGBC’s active participation in relevant local, regional and global meetings on green building and climate change issues. Following are the activities organized and participated in by the Council:

  • WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network Year-end meeting in Singapore, last September 1 to 3 , 2014;
  • Building Green Conference last September 25, 2014;
  • General Membership Meeting (GMM) and PHILGBC Board of Trustees Election, last October 22, 2014;
  • Glasstech Asia 2014, last Novermber 26 and 27, 2014;
  • PHILGBC Strategic Planning last January 30, 2015;
  • Visit to Lima, Peru for the Low Carbon Model Town last January 14 to 25, 2015; and
  • WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network Mid-year meeting in Tokyo, Japan, last February 23 to 27, 2015.

Indeed, with a bigger and more-involved membership of a combined 888 corporate and individual members, we are transforming into a greener building industry. This is exemplified by the growing number of registered projects under BERDE, and the awarding of the first 4-Star BERDE Certification of the Net Lima building.

We are positive that these updates will inspire more members of the industry to understand our own locally-adaptive BERDE Green Building Rating System, and will encourage more volunteers to join in promoting sustainability in the building industry.

For this edition, we are featuring one market leader, who is a staunch supporter-of and is a sustaining member of PHILGBC. His works have helped inspire confidence and have built the basic foundation for the sustainable growth of his company—Mr Raul “Jojo” Concepcion, the CEO of Concepcion Carrier. This edition incorporates both private and government participation on various greening efforts.

We are also featuring through series of photos, events that have taken place, member activities that have been both beneficial and enjoyable, and more importantly, volunteer works that have seriously helped shape our calling into our present generation TAMBULI

CEO IN FOCUS: Raul Joseph Concepcion, Concepcion Carrier Airconditioning Corporation

Concepcion Industrial Corporation’s Chief Executive officer, Raul Joseph “Jojo” A. Concepcion, sat down with Ancy Palma and Ken Lerona to share his views on bringing sustainable products to the market. He also shared his thoughts on how hard work and grit can lead to success.

We heard your father started you early in the business. Can you tell us your story?

When I was seven years old, my task was to count inventory. The first time I went to the factory was when I was 12 or 13 years old. That’s when I started working on the line. My job was putting rings on the copper tubes for the aircon [units] for two months. I worked in a non-aircon room and my dad told me to eat the food that everyone else eats and eat where everyone else eats. I think that built my character. That’s when I realized the value of hard work and the humility of hard work. I also learned to see the perspective of other people, kailangan din kasi that you see things from the ground level – and I think that gives our organization an advantage.

Is there big pressure on you to fill your dad’s shoes being a COO (child of the owner) who is now handling the business?

Of course, there’s a pressure but I think it’s not really a big pressure. Obviously, being the son of the owner and looking at my father’s accomplishment, like every son who’d like to be better but there is also this philosophy that people have different potentials.

The way I look at it is that I have a goal, that goal is clear, achieving those goals. Working every day to achieve those goals and moving to the next goals. I often tell our people in the plant – we have very big plants – I ask them, “How do you eat an elephant? Piece by piece.” And that’s what we do with our expectation levels. It’s not about, “hey I want to be this great guy up here,” it’s about taking that step at a time.

I think another part of it is humility. I think it is very important that as a person, you are thankful with what you have accomplished. I think being humble as possible is good for this business.

You have been successful in your business, owning 40% of the market and you are targeting to move even higher, can you tell us more about it?

It’s based on fundamentals, really. One of the things that my father taught me is to be humble. When we enter businesses for example, how do we get to 40%? It’s about building capabilities; it’s building foundation. We have our seven core capabilities that make us great, that make us compete.

We play in a very global market and this market is a roller coaster of big waves. We weather these waves because our foundation is correct. Every year, good year or bad year, we continue to invest in building our capabilities. Today, we’re expanding in the building and industrial side – for that purpose, we’re seeing the opportunity to grow.

In the PHILGBC for example, we’re seeing the demand not just for equipment but whole solution rather than just individual products. That is what our company is trying to do, and I believe that our partners are realizing that “hey, I’m selling you the most efficient product but I may be throwing materials away.” So what I’m saying is that I may sell your savings in energy but practice wasteful spending of materials. Does it make sense? On one hand you are saving, but on the other hand, you’re throwing.

If you’re talking about green, it’s the whole picture and not just about one scenario. For example, putting up a building contributes only about 20-30% of the environmental impact. It’s the actual usage of the building that makes the greater impact. For us, this means not only about delivering an efficient product – it’s about the engineering, the manufacturing involved. This is why you have to have a holistic way of looking at the solutions. This is how we look at our business.