The Department of
Transportation and Communications (DOTC)
has earmarked nearly P100 million for
the development of two provincial
airports that are expected to serve as
gateways to several of the country’s
emerging tourist hotspots.
an invitation published Wednesday, the
DOTC said airports in Bohol and Roxas
City would be improved in support of the
Aquino administration’s goal of
establishing tourism as a key pillar of
the domestic economy.
total of P96.8 million was earmarked for
the two projects, with the lion’s share
of P72.59 million going to the new Bohol
(Panglao) International Airport.
“The need to develop a new international
airport in Panglao, Bohol, is imperative
to support the increasing trade and
tourism in the region,” the DOTC said in
its invitation. “As popular destinations
like Chocolate Hills and where the
famous Tarsier can be found, a new
airport will help attract more local and
international tourists to visit the
The budget for the new Bohol airport
will only form part of the total cost of
building a new facility in the
province—big enough to serve
international airline traffic.
The money will be spent on “preparatory
works” for the new airport, including
the cleaning of 216 hectares of land and
the construction of a barbed-wire fence
over 10 kilometers long.
The deadline for the submission of bids
was set on April 16.
Meanwhile, the DOTC likewise earmarked
P24.24 million for the development of
the Roxas Airport in Capiz.
The project will be in support of “the
government’s tourism objective of
reaching 10 million tourists by 2016,”
the DOTC said.
“Roxas City, the seafood capital of the
Philippines, is one destination where an
increasing number of local and
international tourists are projected to
visit,” the department said.
The budget will fund the paving of the
airport’s runway with asphalt, the DOTC
said. The deadline for the submission of
bids was set on April 17.