Bohol Airport Deal Awarded To Japanese Firms

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications has awarded the construction contract for the new Bohol airport, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The DOTC said in a statement Monday that the P3.36-billion airport- the first new airport project of the Aquino administration—went to the Japanese joint venture of Chiyoda Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp.

“Another world-class airport will soon rise on the island of Panglao, to cater to the steadily-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,” Transportation secretary Joseph Abaya said in a statement.

Construction is set to begin before the end of summer. The airport is designed to accommodate one million passengers annually.

“In a country filled with tourist hotspots on islands separated by seas, it is vital to develop and modernize our airports not only to better service our passengers, but to also enable economic growth for our people,” he added.

The DOTC also announced updates on two other airport projects.

For the Kalibo International Airport, it announced that a new wing was opened ahead of the busy summer season, allowing the facility to accommodate another 800 passengers.

The department also announced the start of regular night flight operations at Laguindingan airport, the gateway airport to northern Mindanao.

After being fully equipped for night landing last October, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) gave airlines the option to schedule their night flights at the airport. Evening flights formally opened on March 12, when Cebu Pacific Air operated round-trips from Cagayan de Oro to Cebu and Davao. It will now offer regular night trips to and from Manila.

Source: Miguel R. Camus, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Panglao-Bohol Airport: 5 Groups Bid for the Airport Project

MANILA, Philippines – Five groups are vying for the P4.8-billion (US$109 milion) Bohol Airport construction and sustainable environment protection project, based on documents from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

According to General Bid Bulletin No 13 – 2014, issued by DOTC undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, the prospective bidders – who already submitted their technical proposals – are the following:

the tandem of Maeda and Toyo Corporation

the joint venture of Taisei Corporation and JATCO

Shimizu Corporation

the partnership of Sumitomo Corporation and Mitsui Construction Company Ltd.

the joint venture of Chiyoda and Mitsubishi Corporation

The DOTC said the project involves building a new airport in the municipality of Panglao in Bohol. 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 the general requirements. These include 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 bidding for this project is limited to Japanese nationals in the case of the prime contractor, allowing for other nationalities in case of the sub-contractors. Should the prime contractor be a joint venture, the DOTC noted that the prime contractor should be Japanese and that they should contribute more than 50% of the total contract amount.

The DOTC added the bidding would be conducted through a single-stage two-envelope procedure with no prequalification, in accordance with the applicable guidelines for procurement under Japanese official development assistance loans.

To qualify, a bidder should submit its audited balance sheets or financial statements showing that its net worth calculated as the difference between total assets and liabilities should have been positive for the last 5 years.

Bidders should also have a minimum average annual construction turnover of 8 billion yen (US$78 million) and its joint venture partners should have been a subcontractor or management contractor for at least 10 years. –

New Bohol Airport Has Final Masterplan

Source: The Bohol Standard


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.


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.