DISCOVERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES TO MITIGATE FACTORS CAUSING CONSTRUCTION DELAYS
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, in the second quarter of 2021, one of the main drivers of the increase in the Philippine gross domestic product was the completion of project construction.  The "Build, Build, Build" initiative, which aims to solve unemployment and poverty by developing infrastructure projects that better the lives of Filipinos, is the primary project of the previous president Duterte's administration, and it posted the greatest growth rate at 25.7 percent. However, some variables make it impossible to prevent project delays; this is just one of the barriers to project completion that have a detrimental impact on many kinds of construction projects. This study's main goal is to identify the causes and effects of delays in construction projects in Ilocos Norte. Data from surveys will be arranged according to the seriousness of effects using statistics. Principles and theories in construction project management will be discovered to address these factors, and a mitigation plan will be advised to reduce delays in these projects. The investigation was conducted in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, during the pandemic year of 2021. The researcher ran an online survey for a month with a total of 106 respondents having a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error. The research method used by the researcher was in the form of triangulation which included an online survey, identification of three (3) different project occupancies, inspection with interview, and swot analysis. Aside from those, the purpose of this research methodology is to develop a mathematical formula to check the slippage of a project's status. By calculating the project's schedule variance, we can determine if scheduling efforts are effective or not. The survey produced 25 potential causes of delay, which were ranked by 9 major categories: material, manpower, equipment, financing and budgeting, site issue/environmental, changes (in design, specifications, and materials), government action, contractual relations, scheduling, and techniques. The three main elements having a very large impact on their weighted mean were financing and budgeting, site problems, and modifications. Innovation in knowledge management systems for construction projects is crucial for maintaining and guaranteeing on-time project completion. Data management revision and other cutting-edge technologies, like BIM, must be used to improve construction delay mitigation. One of the suggested mitigation plans is to have a mobile application or project management software to address the risk factors of project delays. It is where you can easily plot your scheduling, update your project accomplishment, and designate who will do a certain project item or task. The "Buildertec" mobile application was introduced in this study.
Construction Project Delay Factors, Causes and Consequences of Delay Factors, the Severity of Effects on Projects, Project Management Concepts and Theories, and Mitigation Measures