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Rent for Office Spaces still on the Rise

by: Sarah Joson

Thursday, August 18, 2011 | Outsourcing News |

The Philippines BPO Office Demand Rises

According to consultancy firm CBRE Philippines, rents for business process outsourcing (BPO) and traditional offices continue to rise, due to strong corporate expansionary demand that typically affects leasing requirements. Rick M. Santos, chairman and chief executive of CBRE Philippines, said in a statement, “We believe this is just the start of the projected up-cycle for the Philippine property market as determined by real demand and strong macroeconomic fundamentals.”

Multinational and local companies’ high demand for office space in Makati and Ortigas is believed to support the increase in rental levels.

Office locations in BPO-dominant business districts of Alabang and Quezon City experience a more aggressive increase in office rents. From January to March, rent for office spaces in Makati increased 2.65% or P809 per square meter, whereas in Ortigas, rent increased to P554 per sq. m.

Monthly office rent in Alabang surged to P501 per sq. m. and P516 per sq. m. in Quezon City. Meanwhile, rates in Bonifacio Global City and Mckinley also grew with an average monthly rent of P698 per sq. m.

Mr. Santos added that because of supply pressures, office vacancy rates decreased even thought rents continue to rise. The most noticeable drop in vacancy rates is in the Fort Bonifacio district which is now at 1.48%, while Alabang is at 3.08%, Quezon City at 2.79%, Ortigas at 2.96%, and Makati at 4.6%.


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