The Construction Manpower Development Foundation (CMDF), is an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which was created on November 28, 1980, through P. D. 1746, as one of the implementing Boards of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP).

The CMDF is mandated to enhanced the competencies and capabilities of the human resources of the Construction Industry. The manpower resources of the industry include: craftsmen, engineers, project managers/supervisors and contractors.



The functions of CMDF are the following (Section 7 of P.D. 1746):

•  Draw up an overall construction manpower development plan and relevant strategies;
•  Develop and implement manpower training programs for the construction industry;
•  Formulate and adopt construction skills standards and establish training and certification facilities in coordination
with the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC), (now TESDA);
•  Recommend appropriate policies and measures to rationalize training and export of trained manpower in the construction
industry in coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Employment (now the Department of Labor and Employment);
•  Develop a funding mechanism in cooperation with the construction industry to enable it to carry out its functions by collecting fees
and undertaking income-generating activities;
•  Borrow from financing institutions to support its operations; and
•  Perform such other functions as may be assign by the Authority.



Construction is an industry that creates buildings and infrastructures – the edifices that forms the base for other industries, attracts investments, generates employment/jobs, and fuels the economic development of the Philippines.

For the past three (3) decades (since the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s), the construction industry have significantly contributed to the growth of the Philippine Economy. The construction industry accounts for an average of 5.4% (about P80 Billion in real value) contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Further, the industry strongly showed its capability of responding to the demand for employment by generating a total of 2 million jobs, more than 6% of the total of 32 million jobs generated in 2011.

Indeed, the construction industry is known to have a multiplier effect on the growth of the Philippine economy. Primarily, it supports the build-up and respond to the construction contracting requirements of private sector construction projects as well as government’s development projects, particularly the implementation of the Public Private Partnership (PPPs) infrastructure projects. Due to its capability and characteristic of producing multiplier effects, growth will also be realized in allied industries mostly in the transport and manufacturing sectors – steel, cement, paint, ceramics, wood, glass, and industrial aggregates.

In view of the construction industry’s significant contribution to the country’s economy, the CMDF will exert its best efforts to ensure the sustainable growth of the industry by enhancing the competencies and capabilities of human resources – considered as the construction industry’s most important asset.



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