AVOIDANCE AND MITIGATION OF PROJECT DELAYS AMONG SELECTED LOCAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IN CEBU CITY
Abstract: The construction companies are one of the premier contributors to economic growth in the Philippines, especially in the light of the current administration’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB)- a government program that seeks to accelerate infrastructure spending, develop industries that will yield robust growth, create jobs, and improve the lives of Filipinos. However, project delays beset the construction industry. Delays in the project can affect the reputation of a construction company, lead to bad customer experience, and adversely affect profitability and company sustainability. This study focused on determining factors that cause project delays and presented 20 predefined factors divided into five categories. The 60 respondents were comprised of construction professionals with ongoing projects in Cebu City. The process of data analysis used a descriptive method that ranked the factors that cause project delays. Using the weighted mean, the results of this survey were then ranked based on the weight of each factor that caused the delay. Based on the results, the five groups of factors that have the most significance in causing project delays were: Quality with the weighted mean of 3.53, Management with the weighted mean of 3.49, Financials with the weighted mean of 3.47, External Factors with the weighted mean of 3.45, and Materials/Equipment with the weighted mean of 3.37. After interpreting the results, avoidance and mitigation plans were drawn.