Bohol Panglao International Airport

Panglao Bohol International Airport is designed to further boost the tourism potential of Bohol.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board recently approved the PhP4.17 billion Panglao Airport Development Project.

The Panglao Airport Development Project aims to develop a new facility on Panglao Island, Bohol that complies with domestic and international standards for operational safety and efficiency. It envisions opening up Central Visayas to more economic activities as well as enhancing the tourism potential of Bohol.

Panglao Bohol International Airport will be built on 216 hectares of land some 15 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. The project runway is 2,500 meters by 45 meters and passenger and cargo terminal buildings.

The project is part of the government’s plan for the Central Philippines to become a major tourist destination. The project will also serve as a gateway for major tourist destinations in Bohol from other parts of the country and abroad. The airport is also expected to reduce travel time and cost of transporting goods and people.

The airport will be able to accommodate international flights aside from regular domestic and regional flights and so bringing in more tourists. With such scenario, investments will definitely pour in; jobs will be generated giving more livelihood and wider economic opportunities for the Boholanos.

The Panglao Bohol International Airport would lead to more developments in the island since the government will undertake road improvements and the development of causeways, drainage and sewerage system, water and power development.

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The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board approved two major infrastructure projects for Bohol. Gov. Erico Aumentado said these are the Panglao Bohol International Airport Development Project and the Bohol Circumferential Road Improvement Project Phase 3.

Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado, who as president of the 1.7-million strong Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) sits in the board.

The government has announced the release of P73M, such fund to be used for the purchase of Panglao Island lots for the airport. The Panglao Airport will traverse through barangays Lourdes, Bolod, and Danao of Bohol.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has ordered the immediate start of the airport project. Apparently she hope the airport will be finished in time for her birthday on April 5 by the year 2010.

Local government said the slow procurement of the lots for the runway due to resistance of the owners is slowing down the project. In these cases the provincial government may initiate expropriation proceedings, although only as a last resort.

The Bohol government also organized the Panglao Island Tourism Estate Inter-Agency Task Force to provide solutions to the problems. Funding is said not a problem because the Transportation and Communications has already committed funds for the project.

The Panglao Bohol International Airport project will be divided in two packages: the runway/allied facilities and the terminal building/allied facilities. Two contractors will undertake the project simultaneously to reach the target deadline.

The project will be funded wholly by government funds from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and some of its attached agencies, and the Department of Tourism (DOT). It will be jointly implemented by the DOTC and the MIAA. The project hopes to start in July this year and is expected to be finished by April 2010.

The Bohol Circumferential Road Improvement Project Phase 3 is designed to support and anticipate bohol transportation and the traffic circulation of the airport.