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The Philippines' First "Eco-Airport" Is Opening in August

It's dubbed as the "Green Gateway to the World."
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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.

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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.

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