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Office space demand hits record

posted March 16, 2016 at 11:55 pm byGabrielle H. Binaday [ ]

The Philippines saw a record demand for office space last year, as the country continued its transition into a service economy, led by the growth of the business process outsourcing sector,a real estate consulting company said Wednesday.

“2015 saw net take-up for premium and grade A office spaces totaling 459,000 square meters, which is the highest that we’ve recorded,” KMC Mag Group co-founder and managing director Michael McCullough said.

“Within the past three decades, the Philippines has started its transformation from a  highly  agricultural economy to a service-based one,  almost entirely disregarding  industrialization  that is common to most economies,” McCullough said.

He said private services accounted for roughly half of the gross domestic production, making it the biggest sector of the economy. 

“While primary production, which are agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing and the industrial sector have continuously decreased, services increased its share to 57 percent of gross domestic product in 2015,” he said.

McCullough said the shift had contributed to the high economic performance of the country.

Economic growth since 2010 averaged 6.2 percent annually, the highest average since the 1970s.

McCullough said the growth of outsourcing and offshoring companies in the country resulted in a remarkable demand for Metro Manila’s office space.

“Makati’s central business district maintains its position as the most premium CBD in Metro Manila, while the Bay Area and Quezon City are expected to continue outperforming other Metro Manila sub-markets given the supply and demand dynamics within these markets,” he said.

He said amid the strong demand for office space in the area, Makati CBD now had an average rental rate of P980.8 per square meter a month, the highest in Metro Manila.

Vacancies in Metro Manila are likely to increase in the next three years even with strong pre-leasing activity due to the entry of some 1.8 million square meters of office space, most of which are in Makati CBD, Bonifacio Global City, Alabang, Quezon City and the Bay Area.

The entry of these supplies is expected to ease the rental growth in most sub-markets in the coming years, according to KMC Mag.

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