First ‘green’ airport in the Philippines completed in 2017
Panglao International Airport, the country’s first eco-friendly airport, will be completed in December next year and is expected to boost tourism in Bohol three-fold to 1.7 million a year.
President Aquino led the capsule-laying rites for the construction of the P7.14-billion Panglao international airport Wednesday.
The new airport will replace the Tagbilaran City airport which could no longer be expanded due to geographical constraints and the absence of proper landing equipment.
The Department of Transportation and Communications said Panglao International Airport will be the first eco-friendly and energy efficient airport in the country.
The new airport will have a solar power generation system and solar panel heaters. It will use LED lights, day light sensors and double glazing low emissivity glass.
The airport will have a 2,000-meter runway, two taxiways, a car park, an access road, a single-storey passenger building, a nine-storey control tower building, an administration building, a fire station, a power house building, a water tank, and a sewage treatment system.
Its air navigational facilities include glide slope and localizer, ATS and telecommunications and meteorological observation system. Its aeronautical ground lighting will include a precision approach lighting system and a simple approach lighting system.
The Panglao airport would accommodate increasing traffic to Bohol Island, boosting tourist arrivals three folds from more than 500,000 tourists a year to 1.7 million per year.
DOTC said world-class airport operators are bidding late this month to manage the airport under the government’s public private partnership scheme. The airport operation contract is expected to be awarded this June.
In his speech after the capsule-laying, President Aquino said every tourist arriving in Bohol has a multiplier effect on the local economy, particularly on job creation.
Panglao Airport is one of the major infrastructure projects in Bohol, he said.
From 2011 to 2016, the President said government allotted P10.45 billion for Bohol, for the construction of roads, bridges, school buildings, health facilities and flood control projects. This is on top of DOTC’s P8.5-billion allocation for the province.