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.