Opposition looms vs. new Bohol
airport in Panglao
Dec 28, 2014 |
TAGBILARAN CITY. – Since the
construction of a new airport in
Panglao town was floated during the
time of then Gov. Constancio “Nonoy”
Torralba as part of the so-called
Panglao Island Tourism Estate
(PITE), there were oppositions
against the project. Just as the
construction is all set in March
next year, the same opposition looms
has been revived against it.
Since Torralba’s time as governor,
the source of funds for the project
was the primary reason for its
implementation. In the meantime,
former Gov. Torralba has to defend
the construction of a new airport in
Panglao against the opposition
against the project.
top reasons advance by those opposed
against it was that the construction
of a new airport should not be done
in Panglao town where out
world-class beaches are located.
The white resorts in Panglao has
placed Bohol as part of the tourist
destination of the world and to
construction a new airport would be
tantamount to destroying the tourism
industry in the province.
came the administration of Gov.
David Tirol. The efforts to secure
funds for the airport construction
started with the Japan Overseas
Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF).
The effort to secure funds was
followed up during the time of then
Gov. Rene L. Relampagos.
was through the efforts of the late
Erico B. Aumentado, as second
district congressman, that pave the
way for the source of funds for an
international airport in Panglao.
Until such time that Aumentado
succeeded as governor of the
As the funds were
okayed, the bidding for the
construction of the new airport
started at the third and final term
of Aumentado as governor.
Unfortunately, the bidding did not
materialize as it was already the
the second term of Gov. Edgar
Chatto, the new airport has been
included as among the top priorities
of Pres. Benigno Aquino III.
However, it is no longer an
international airport. It is now
called as a new Bohol airport. Its
funding source is already the
Japanese International Cooperation
In fact, JICA
already announced last week that the
winning bidder , which is a Japanese
construction firm, will be awarded
with the project soon. This means
that the project can be implemented
in March next year.
the opposition against the project
has resuscitated. Reports said the
grounds cited by the oppositors
against the project are the same
reasons raised during the time of
then Gov. Nonoy Torrralba.
this time, the oppositors had
already an alternative. Instead of
constructing a news airport in
Panglao, a new convention center
must be built in order to expand the
operations of the resorts and hotels
in the area and thus further
improved the tourism industry in the
airport has final masterplan
October 13, 2013
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
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
airport to rise!
much-awaited, much-publicized, most
controversial and most-betted upon P7.1B
New Bohol Airport Project in Bohol is
now on its final phase of preparations
The New Bohol Airport Local Project
Management Team (LPMT) of the Provincial
Government of Bohol (PGBh), together
with representatives from the Department
of Transportation and Communication
(DOTC), the National Housing Authority
(NHA), the Civil Aviation Authority of
the Philippines (CAAP), and the Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA),
met with the Project-Affected Families
(PAFs) of Panglao to "iron out together"
loose ends of the project to avoid
concerns later on.
Necessity of the project due to the
impracticality of the continued use of
the current Tagbilaran City Airport was
lengthily explained by proper agencies
where updates of the project's progress
were also discussed.
Appropriate issues, like boundary
fencing, entry and exit points,
resettlement scheme, mechanisms on
addressing grievances, livelihood
programs for the PAFs and other related
matters were given attention and
appropriately explained by proponents.
Last March 27 this year, the national
government and the JICA group inked
together the "Japanese ODA loan
agreement" for the project.
This is also prove, without a doubt
the promise made by Pres. PNoy himself
that the new airport would be realized
before he steps down from office in
According to Provincial Legal Officer
Atty. Mitchell John Boiser, the bidding
process for "the site's fencing and
clearing activities started last April.
Temporary works would commence, most
probably, in July this year;" whereas
construction of the new arport's runway
and terminal is eyed to start in
January2014,” Boiser stressed.