Japanese joint venture bags P3.36B new Bohol airport project
MANILA, Philippines – The P3.36-billion ($75.18-million) first greenfield airport project of the Aquino administration in Bohol has been awarded to the Japanese joint venture of Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation.
The airport will rise on the island of Panglao to cater to the increasing number of tourists in Bohol.
“It will be developed as an eco-airport or one that features environmentally-sustainable technologies, in line with the province’s eco-tourism branding,” Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
This airport will replace the existing Tagbilaran airport. The DOTC said the project would have 6 components and would be funded through a concessional loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The first component covers insurance, employer’s and engineer’s facilities, environment management, and project and maintenance equipment. The second component involves building of access roads and airport infrastructure, including the runway strip, runway taxiways, and others.
The third component covers utility works, including the water supply, power supply, and sewage treatment. The fourth component covers the passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, driver’s lounge, car parks, toilet, guard houses, and others.
The project’s fifth component is the air navigation facilities while the sixth component is the aeronautical ground lighting works.
The construction of the airport with a design capacity of 1 million passengers per year is eyed to start before the end of summer and would be completed in 2017.
DOTC is fast-tracking its airport projects in the Visayas and Mindanao in time for the summer peak season.
On March 26, the new wing of the passenger terminal building at the Kalibo international airport was opened. The new departure area with 10 check-in counters at the airport was opened March 30.
“We’re happy to open Kalibo International Airport as we expect a high volume of visitors to Boracay in the next couple of months, so the new section will help meet this peak period demand,” Abaya said.
Meanwhile, the regular night flight operations at the gateway airport to Northern Mindanao through the Laguindingan Airport last March 29.
An enhanced operation and maintenance (O&M) contract is currently being bid out by the DOTC along with the Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and New Bohol airports. – Rappler.com
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