Panglao’s ‘eco-airport’ opens tomorrow

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Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and other top government officials will be on hand when the New Bohol Airport on the island of Panglao formally opens tomorrow to become the country’s first international eco-airport.

Dubbed the “Green Gateway to the World,” it will use natural ventilation and solar panels that would power up one third of the airport’s passenger terminal building.

Aside from solar panels, it has environmentally sustainable structure and technology that can treat waste water and make it potable.

“Everyone should be excited about Panglao airport. I am very excited. This is the kind of airport that we should be building, an airport that has regard for the environment and the future generations,” Tugade previously said.

The airport can accommodate up to two million passengers per year, which is more than double the capacity of the old Tagbilaran Airport.

It has a total area of 13,884 square meters, three boarding bridges, a baggage handling system and an apron that can accommodate seven aircraft at a time.

Likewise, it was designed to provide convenience to passengers with sleek facilities, including a public concourse area at the entrance with easy access to banks, airline ticketing office and various establishments.

Everyone should be excited about Panglao airport. I am very excited. This is the kind of airport that we should be building, an airport that has regard for the environment and the future generations, Tugade previously had said.

The airport also has a car park and passenger terminal hub.

To recall, when the Duterte administration assumed office in 2016, it discovered that the airport was way behind its schedule and only 48 percent complete due to slippage and delays.

It was “originally targeted to be completed in 2021 but in 2016 Tugade immediately buckled down to work and ordered 24/7 construction to fast-track its completion.

“We needed a catch-up plan for the Panglao airport. The 2021 target is just too long. How can you explain to the people that it took you six years to build an airport,” Tugade stressed. BR

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