President Rodrigo Duterte on November 27, 2018 inaugurated the Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), the country’s first green airport which is expected to serve at least two million passengers annually.
Dubbed the ‘Green Gateway to the World’ the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport has officially commenced operations.
The old Tagbilaran Airport has officially closed. With the Tagbiliaran Airport closed, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport is now the only commercial gateway serving the province.
Located on Panglao Island in Bohol, the new gateway can accommodate as many as two million passengers annually—more than double the 800,000 yearly capacity of the Tagbilaran airport.
The construction of the Bohol-Panglao gateway was funded by official development assistance from the Japanese government.
The airport uses natural ventilation. It harnesses solar energy from panels installed on the roof of the passenger terminal building.
Solar energy covers around 30 percent of the airport’s electricity requirements, including the hot water supply system.
Surrounding the airport is a landscape dotted with 1,700 trees, 240,000 pieces of shrubs, and 11 hectares of sod to reduce carbon dioxide emission.