PRRD to lead inauguration of new Panglao International Airport on Nov. 27

Published November 27, 2018, 12:04 AM

by Roel Tibay

By Hanah Tabios

PANGLAO, Bohol – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will unveil the new Panglao International Airport, the country’s first eco-airport in Bohol today with President Duterte as guest of honor.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

The new P8.914-billion international airport sits in a 220-hectare expanse which is 10 times bigger than Tagbilaran Airport’s 22-hectare,which can only accommodate about 800,000 passengers per year.

The new Panglao air terminal will support the increasing passenger influx going to Bohol with a carrying capacity of 1.7 million passengers per annum.

Panglao Island, a popular diving site attracts over 600,000 tourists annually. Once its commercial operations begin, the airport is expected to generate an increase in tourist arrivals as it becomes more accessible.

In fact last year, Bohol province recorded 1.1 million tourists, with more than half of them staying in Panglao, according to Center for Aviation’s (CAPA) data.

Dubbed as the “Green Gateway to the World”, the eco-airport was designed as a tropical resort built according to the highest international standards and sustainable structures.

Among its key features is the passenger terminal building with its multi-curved roof inspired by the famous Chocolate Hills.

It will also showcase energy-saving features supported by advanced Japanese technology such as the solar powered air-conditioning system at the pre-departure lounges. Most public areas, on the other hand, will have natural lights and ventilation.

Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto said former Gov. Constancio Torralba laid the plan to build a new airport in Bohol 30 years ago when he was transportation assistant secretary at the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

He served as Bohol governor from 1988 to 1992.

Expected to attend the inauguration are Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco. Bohol Governor Chatto, Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Sec. Ernesto Pernia.

Water treatment facility

Meanwhile, the province is also set to inaugurate in early December a water treatment facility-initiated by Richli Corporation, a private company owned by Bohol-native businessman Richard Lim.

The project aims to address the lack of safe, clean, and stable supply of potable water source in the region.

Local residents have been sourcing their water from deep wells which caused documented cases of cholera, gastro-intestinal cases and kidney ailments.

The water treatment project is expected to benefit at least 10,000 to 15,000 households in select Bohol towns of Panglao, Andaois, and Tagbilaran. (With a report from Dave Albarado)