The Philippines’ first ever “eco-airport,” the P11-billion Bohol Panglao International Airport (also known as New Bohol International Airport) will at last open its doors this Monday, November 27, 2018.
The new Bohol Airport will replace the old Tagbilaran Airport. The huge airport spans 13,337 square meters and with an initial 2,500 meter runway, it can accommodate seven aircrafts at the same time.
It is expected to accommodate as much as two million passengers; more than double the capacity of the old Tagbilaran airport.
The new Bohol Airport has been in the making for 15 years since the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) allowed its construction in 2003.
When the Duterte administration took over in July 2016, the airport was only 6.48% complete. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the completion to be fast-tracked.
“We needed a catch-up plan for the Panglao airport. The 2021 target was just too long. How can you explain to the people that it took you six years to build an airport? So, we speeded it up,” according to the DOTr secretary.
Dubbed as the “Philippines’ first eco-airport,” the new Bohol Airport followed the highest standards of green and sustainable structure.
The eco-airport will be using mostly natural ventilation. On the Passenger Terminal Building roof, solar panels will be installed to cover as much as one-third of the airport’s total energy requirement. Using advance Japanese technology, it will feature a photovoltaic power generation system and a filtering system that will prevent pollution of the surrounding area. Geotextile sheets was also used in the soaking yard to avoid the drainage water from seeping into the surroundings.
Tugade said, “This is the kind of airport we should be building, an airport that has regard for the environment and the future generations.”