& # 39; This is the kind of airport that we have to build, an airport that has an eye for the environment and future generations, & # 39; says Transport Minister Arthur Tugade about the country's first international eco-airport.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport on the island of Panglao is on track for the inauguration in October of this year.
The New Bohol Airport will be the first international eco-airport in the country, with the expectation that solar panels will reinforce 1/3 of the airport's Passenger Terminal Building. The airport, also called the Green Gateway to the World & # 39; mentioned, will also use natural ventilation.
"Everyone should be enthusiastic about Panglao airport, I am very excited, this is the kind of airport we should build, an airport that respects the environment and future generations," Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement on Sunday. August 26th.
The DOTr said that from July 31 the New Bohol Airport is already 92.14% complete. Tugade recently led airport officials to inspect the construction of the airport.
Rappler reported earlier that the new airport will increase by 2018. On Saturday the DOTr said that when the Duterte government came in, the New Bohol Airport was "originally targeted" to be completed in 2021.
But the agency said that since the start of construction in June 2015, it accumulated up to 48% of slippage due to delays. From July 2016, Tugade ordered 24/7 construction to speed up the process.
"We needed a catch-up plan for the Panglao airport, the goal of 2021 is simply too long, how can you explain to people that you needed six years to build an airport? Kinailangan related to habulin, at iyon po ang ginawa natin (We had to catch up and that's what we did), "he said.
Once completed, the New Bohol Airport has a total area of 13,884 square meters, 3 boarding bridges, a baggage handling system and a platform that can accommodate seven aircraft at once.
The New Bohol Airport is designed to serve up to two million passengers, more than double the capacity of Tagbilaran Airport, for both local and international flights. – Rappler.com