The Philippines is no stranger to environmental initiatives: we have an eco-friendly wet market, an eco-friendly city hall, and now, it seems, an eco-friendly airport. The Department of Tranportation announced that as of June 30, the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport is 90.14% complete. Poised to be the country's first "eco-airport", the airport is designed in order to be energy-efficient and sustainable, and is slated to open to commercial flights this August.
Dubbed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) as the "Green Gateway to the World," the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport uses Japanese technology in order to stay environment-friendly. The passenger terminal building's sloping roof (reminiscent of Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills) will be installed with solar panels, which will account for one-third of the airport's overall energy requirement and the building's air-conditioning. Additionally, the building is designed to allow for an abundance of natural light and ventilation, and LED lights will be used.
The New Bohol (Panglao) airport is expected to accommodate around 2 million air travelers in its opening year, as compared to Bohol's current Tagbilaran airport, which can handle 800,000 passengers annually.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.