President Duterte expressed his deepest appreciation for Japan’s support at the inauguration ceremony for Bohol Panglao International Airport, held on November 27, 2018. Economic Managers including Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda and other guests attended the ceremony.
The opening aims to address the rising demand for air transportation in the province of Bohol. With the promotion of Bohol’s natural environment as tourism resource, the existing airport is too small to accommodate the rising number of visitors and is difficult to expand due to proximity of surrounding towns. The new airport is equipped with a 2500m runway and a passenger terminal capable of handling 2million people annually, compatible with international safety standards.
Japan provided the Philippines with ODA loan amounting to 15 billion yen (7 billion pesos) to implement this project. Designed with Japan’s knowledge, experience and technology, the new “Eco Airport” is equipped with sustainable features such as solar power generation system, highly-efficient light and air-condition system as well as the turbid water treatment system.
The project is expected to improve the convenience and safety of air transportation and consequently contribute to the sustainable economic development of the region as well as the whole country.