New Bohol Airport Has Final Masterplan


Source: The Bohol Standard

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has submitted the final detailed design study report which serves as the masterplan of the ultimate execution of the P7.4 billion new Bohol airport.

Gov. Edgar Chatto on Thursday received the bulky document required to set in full swing the major stages of the ambitious project, including the bidding of the construction of the runway, terminal building and other facilities.

JICA officials turned over the final report to the governor while he led a Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) conference-workshop with DepEd, private sector and civil society groups on the state of education at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig City.

The report also details the project’s power supply, water and sewage treatment systems, impact assessment on climate change mitigation, environmental and social considerations, and final review of the resettlement action plan (RAP) for the community directly affected.

Earlier, JICA Study Team chief Tadashi Aoi and resettlement specialist Yuki Todoroki submitted the final version of the updated RAP, which includes livelihood assistance and employment matching.

While in Manila, Chatto immediately talked to Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya, Usec. for Planning Rene Limcauco, Usec. for Project Implementation Julianito Bucayan, Jr. and Asec. for Project Implementation Ildefonso Patda, Jr.

Abaya reiterated the vision to finish the concrete rise of the new Bohol airport on Panglao island earlier than its target time for its inauguration before Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III leaves Malacañang in mid-2016.

First District Rep.Rene Relampagos expected the civil works/construction of the airport, including its terminal building and other facilities, to begin within the second quarter of 2014 after the tedious processes from tendering of bid documents to contract awarding.

With the detailed design and study in final polish, the bidding has been done for the consultancy that assists and oversees the project across its implementation stages.

Chatto said coming soon is the notice to proceed with the airport site perimeter fencing and land clearing is coming.

The bidding for the water supply system has been done, too.

The governor on Friday presented JICA’s final project details report to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members led by their presiding officer, Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim.

He will present the same to the members of the Local Project Management Team (LPMT) of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project (NBACSEP), the project’s official name.

The report was finalized and submitted seven months after the Japanese, thru JICA, and Philippine governments engaged in an Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) loan pact funding the built of the modern Bohol airport of international standard.

The ODA loan scheme is called Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) while the Philippine government has own counterpart fund for the project, which will be financed thru multi-year releases.

CAPITAL AIRPORT

The modern Bohol air terminal complex is bound to be an emerging capital airport not just in central and southern Philippines but entire country.

The existing old, small Tagbilaran City airport has been described as already “obsolete”—even one of the world’s most dangerous, according to foreign aviation experts—and cannot meet the rapid increase in air traffic.

The air passenger demand here rose 39,000 in 2001 to 572,000 in 2010 and 755,000 in 2011 with an average growth rate of over 30%.

The traffic forecast for 2015 is placed at over 1.040 million domestic and international passengers.

The country’s air passengers increased from 34.2 million in 2007 to 58.8 million in 2012 with an average annual growth of 11.5%, almost one-third of Bohol’s average yearly increase trend.

Once finished and operational, the Bohol airport can accommodate international flights from neighboring countries such as China, Korea and Taiwan, which are Bohol’s leading tourism markets, during domestic off-peak hours like nighttime.

The Bohol airport is assumed to be implemented in two major phases as the facilities set in place in 2016 or earlier are expected for expansion by 2025 to 2030 to accommodate simultaneous domestic and larger international carriers.

It is not just foreseen to be new capital airport that redirects and hastens both global and domestic multi-aspect economic and human movements to Bohol.

Owing to the inherent natural resources in Bohol and global concerns on sustainable environmental protection with energy conservation, the new airport is desired to deserve the status of an “eco-airport.”

Its resort-type terminal building will add a granite tag to it as a tourist flight infrastructure.

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