Friday, March 4, 2016

From 2011-2016,  
Gov't spent over P19 B  
for Bohol tourism, infra

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 3, (PIA)— For a province that has received over P19 billion for its tourism and infrastructure, Bohol should feel privileged as other provinces get only an average of P2 billion annually from the government. 

President Benigno Aquino III, said this in his message to about a little over a thousand people huddled under tents in the early afternoon sun at the site of the new airport in Panglao. 

There, at the a steel modular stage overlooking the compacted end of the runway that would serve as Panglao's be newest asset, President Aquino told Boholanos that for public works alone, the government had already allocated P10.45 billion here.

The President came to Bohol officiate the time capsule laying ceremony and inspect the progress of the airport that has been promised, but have not gone past substantial accomplishment after five administrations, until now. 

As to public works, the president said the amount had been used for the rehabilitation of roads and bridges, school buildings, health facilities and flood control projects. 

He cited as part of the rehabilitation, the Panglao Island Circumferential Road, which was just recently completed. 

"Panglao Island Circumferential Road will attract more tourists into your island and will improve the flow of services and commerce of your province," the president in his trademark yellow shirt told the crowd, many of them Panglaoanons who have stated to lose faith in the much delayed airport project. 

The amount is not even including the Department of Transportation and Communication's (DOTC) allocated budget for the construction and repair or rehabilitation if airports and ports from 2011 to 2016. 

The DOTC has already spent in Bohol some P8.5 billion, he said. 

The government is building an airport here, to replace and decommission current airport in Tagbilaran City, which has expansion issues owing to its being in the midst of the city. 

Oppositors for the Panglao airport cite fears that the limestone substrate might not hold the heavy construction and succeeding load, Aquino assured people that experts have seen the site and assured the airport feasibility. 

With the new aiprot, operational by December of 2017, the President said tourism arrivals in Bohol should triple and hit 1.7 million annually, Aquino said citing Department of Tourism projections.

With the airport bringing in tourist who is spending an average of 1,000 dollars, it also means jobs for a Filipino, income for resorts, the farmers who grow food for the resorts, even tour guides, or weavers who would be crafting souvenir handicrafts, the president noted. 

Panglao Airport is just one among the many infrastructure projects we have in Bohol, according to Aquino. 

That is wht, by next year, you will have a new airport and I might be a passenger of the new planes landing in your new airport, Aquino quipped. 

The airport is one of the fastest the Administration can do so we can open up opportunities that you can afford you chance to better lives, he said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Panglao airport to accept
Flights by December ‘17 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 3 (PIA)—Call it another boast, the kind people have been hearing about the plan to build an airport in Panglao, it should be there by the end of 2017.

The New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project, quite a long name for simply Bohol Airport has Chiyoda-Mitsubishi Joint Venture (CMJV) only 30 months to complete the project, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). 

And for airport that took at least five administrations to plan, it is no less than President Benigno S Aquino who came to lay the time capsule containing the project development plans at the site where the future P4.7 billion airport terminal building would stand. 

For a project that started in June 22, 2015, the target 30 months needed to complete the airport and its peripheries, is in December 2017.

Since June 2015, civil works, procurement of goods and related systems have been done, according to the DOTC. 

Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Bohol airport will have 2 kilometer runway long .45 meters wide and covers a total land area of 82,000 square meters.

The airport will have two stub taxiways of 32,000 square meters, a 56,000 square meter apron, a 193 lot car park or 8,720 square meters and would have 3 kilometer access roads with two lanes for each direction, data from japan Airports Consultants showed.

The airport would have a single storey Passenger Terminal Building of 8,300 square meters, a 9 storey 33 meter high Control Tower Building, a two storey 1,000 square meter Administration Building, a Fiore station and Maintenance Building, a power house Building with 2,000 KVA supply and a water tank and pump house that can accommodate 450 tons of storage.

As to its utility, Panglao Airport, when completed would have a 2,000KVA power supply system with two emergency generators, a water supply than can course 450 metric tons of waste to flow and another 450 tons of sewerage treatment system.

For travelers from Manila coming in, Panglao owns its Glide Scope and localizer, Doppler VHF Omni directional ranger radar with Distance Measuring Equipment (DVOR DME) with its own Airport Terminal Systems, that even flying ion at night can be no hassle. 

Moreover, the airport will have Meteorological Observation System, DOTC said. 

As for its aeronautical ground lighting, Panglao is set to have a Precision Approach Lighting System for runway 21 and a Simple Approach Lighting System for its runway 3.

Airport consultants are certain that with the way things are running, the 30 month completion target would force contractors to deliver, they said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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