LOOK: Philippines’ first eco-airport to open this year

The Philippines’ first ever environment-friendly airport is almost complete and is set to start operation next month, as announced by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

DOTr said that New Bohol Airport, which is being constructed on Panglao Island, Bohol Province, is 90.14% complete and will be open to commercial flight in August.

Dubbed as the “Green Gateway to the World”, New Bohol Airport will implement advanced Japanese technology that will be beneficial for the environment, reported Airport Technology.

Some of its eco-friendly features include photovoltaic power generation system and a filtering system that will lessen pollution; geotextile sheets to avoid the leaking of drainage water; robust sewage disposal system; solid waste disposal system; stable waterworks system; and other energy-efficient features including LED lights, natural lights and ventilation, and solar panel-powered air-conditioner.

“The New Bohol Airport is expected to accommodate two million passengers in its opening year, alone from 800,000 passengers currently being accommodated by the Tagbilaran airport,” DOTr said.

The airport, which took P7.4 billion to build, will replace the existing Tagbilaran airport, the country’s 11th busiest airport. It is said that it will be at least ten times bigger than the airport it will be replacing.

Check out the airport’s progress below.

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