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Construction

The Kauban as a Nation Builder

Dave Devilles | January 22, 2018

 

What does it take to become a nation builder? It takes a Kauban to help build a nation.

A Kauban knows that the project he or she is working on has a purpose; that of building the foundations of a growing nation so that industries, businesses, and communities may progress, ultimately leading to more benefits for the people who live in these far-flung areas.

Aboitiz Construction, Inc. (ACI) emphasized the importance of purpose when it told its story to an audience of 200 engineering students of the University of San Carlos in Cebu as part of the company’s series of Career Showcase events. Led by the company’s President and COO Albert A. Ignacio, Jr., who is an alumnus of the university, a team of Kaubans participated in the event, which is organized by the ACI Human Resources Department.

Most of the time, the job is not glamorous and unlike what we see in movies, our engineers, project managers, and workers are assigned in remote areas far from the comforts of city living. With each construction project, a Kauban works silently and toils industriously until the job is completed. Every contract signed with its clients is the promise of delivering a project that will enable a community to grow or a local economy to fuel its development or a nation to modernize its infrastructure one project at a time.

There is one immediate benefit that ACI provides — jobs for the locals.  ACI generates local jobs in communities where projects are located. In 2018, ACI employed more than 6,200  workers for its various local and international projects on top of the 396 core business employees.

Aboitiz Construction President and COO Albert A. Ignacio, Jr., sharing the life of an engineer in the construction industry.
Aboitiz Construction President and COO Albert A. Ignacio, Jr., sharing the life of an engineer in the construction industry.

The construction industry might not be a glamorous working environment but nevertheless has a huge opportunity to achieve one’s potential and to have a successful career. ACI and our Kaubans are moving forward into the future with a renewed energy to build a strong company that has growth potential in the engineering and construction sector while delivering on our brand promise of advancing business and communities.

– Albert A. Ignacio, Jr. President and COO, Aboitiz Construction, Inc.

 

During the open forum part, the speakers informed the students about the many opportunities that ACI offers not only in fabrication and site construction work, but also in engineering design, project management, supply chain management, business development and sales, and many more.

Assistant Vice President for Engineering and Design Rey Loga showed the students the projects where ACI is involved and the engineering design and technology that takes place in those project constructions. Senior Manager for Business Development and Sales Emil Lapus talked about project planning and scheduling. He highlighted that students should not stop learning after graduation but should imbibe the habit of continuous learning in order to keep abreast with the latest engineering technology and its application in the industry.

Aboitiz Construction Senior Manager for Business Development Emil Lapus gives advice on continuous learning as part of nurturing one's career in the construction industry.
Aboitiz Construction Senior Manager for Business Development Emil Lapus gives advice on continuous learning as part of nurturing one’s career in the construction industry.

The ACI Career Showcase aims to spark conversations with students through sharing of industry insights as part of the career talks. This also strengthens ACI’s linkages with universities and colleges that could provide future Kaubans who will join in our efforts at nation-building.

ACI is the construction arm of Aboitiz & Co. ACI has a solid track record in completing quality, reliable, safe, on-time, and on-budget projects for customers in the power, oil and gas, mining, petrochemical, shipbuilding, cement, port infrastructure, and housing and commercial sectors. It’s brand refresh with the tagline “build better together” launched its transformation into a full-fledged engineering, procurement, and construction company.