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First eco-airport in PH: Panglao Airport set for inauguration on Nov. 27

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The new Panglao International Airport in Bohol, the first eco-airport in the Philippines, is scheduled to be inaugurated on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 ahead of its target schedule.

Panglao is seen to boost tourist arrivals in the province, with a projected accommodation of some two million passengers annually.

The airport’s construction was completed three years ahead of its target schedule on 2021 after DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered for a 24/7 construction schedule to fast-track its completion.

The airport’s construction began in June 2015.

“When the Duterte administration assumed office in 2016, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport had a slippage of 48 percent. The completion rate was only 6.48 percent based on official records from June 2015 to June 2016,” the Department of Transportation said in a statement.

The PHP8.9-billion Panglao Airport is designed to use natural ventilation.

Solar panels are also installed that will cover around one-third of the airport’s energy requirement.

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