The government is hurrying the construction of the new Panglao Airport which will replace the old Tagbilaran Airport to accommodate more passengers going to and from the province of Bohol.
The new airport is in the final phase of construction and is now more than 90-percent complete.
The facility, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, is designed to be the country’s first eco-airport and dubbed as the “Green Gateway to the World”. Solar panels will be installed on the Passenger Terminal Building’s roof to cover around 1/3 of the airport’s energy requirement.
The airport can accommodate two-million passengers in its opening year, alone from 800,000 passengers currently being accommodated by the Tagbilaran airport. It is expected to start commercial operations this month of August.
Taglibaran Airport, especially its runway, was recently placed under preventive maintenance, repair, and patching works due to degradation caused by continuous rains recently. Heavy rains resulted in water to infiltrate under the runway and causing potholes and cracks.
The preventive maintenance in Tagbilaran was a collaborative effort between the Department of Transportation (DOTr), CAAP, local government unit, and private contractors enlisted to assist in the delivery and repair works.