On Saturday (August 21), Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade took the time to appreciate the Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), one of the infrastructure projects finished under the Duterte administration. 

The site, which was commissioned to replace the old Tagbilaran Airport, is the first eco-airport in the Philippines. And due to this, it was given the moniker ‘Green Gateway to the World.’

True to its name, the airport sports environmentally sustainable structures and facilities including a passenger terminal building (PTB) made of solar panels, energy-conservation-type air-conditioning, LED lights installed in buildings and access roads, water conservation-type toilets, motion sensor lighting, and a soaking yard that can collect rainwater. 

Apart from these state-of-the-art inclusions, the airport also hosts a variety of services for flyers: three boarding bridges and baggage handling systems, a public concourse area located at the entrance of the PTB, public restrooms, car rental, a bank, an airline ticketing office, and a car parking area. 

Taong 2000 pa nang magsimula ang feasibility study ng Bohol-Panglao International Airport, habang ang aktwal na...

Posted by Art Tugade on Saturday, August 21, 2021

According to Tugade, the feasibility study for the airport started in 2000, however, construction of the project only started in 2015. 

In 2016, the project was fast-tracked by the Duterte government and became operational before the end of 2018.

“Taong 2000 pa nang magsimula ang feasibility study ng Bohol-Panglao International Airport, habang ang aktwal na konstruksyon ay nagsimula noong 2015. Noong April 2016 ay nadatnan ng Administrasyong Duterte na may 47% slippage (delay) ang pagtatayo ng paliparan,” Tugade explained. 

“Dahil dito, ipinag-utos natin ang 24/7 construction ng paliparan, gayundin ang pagsiguro na mahahabol lahat ng delay. Kaya naman, noong Nov. 27, 2018, pinasinayaan na po natin ang Bohol-Panglao International Airport,” he added. 

The BPIA can accommodate 3.44 million passengers every year – 2.1 million domestic and 1.3 million international. 

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