Bohol First District Representative Rene L. Relampagos recently filed a bill creating the Panglao-Bohol International Airport Authority (PBIAA). House Bill No. 7074 seeks to complement the soon to open international airport in the province with an authority to properly manage it.
Relampagos said, “The opening of the Panglao-Bohol International Airport will definitely increase flow of traffic of passengers and cargo not only in the province but in the whole Visayas region as a whole. More importantly, this will boost the international airport in Cebu and further accelerate tourism and business activities in the area.”
“The opening of direct flight to Korea from Tagbilaran City last year has shown that steady flow of tourists to the country. This poses a challenge to us to always maintain international standards in our airport operations. This we will achieve through the PBIAA.”
The PBIAA will be attached to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and shall principally undertake the economically efficient and effective control, management and supervision of the airport.
It shall have the following objectives: (a) encourage, promote and develop international and domestic air traffic in Central Visayas Region as a means of making the region a center of international trade, communications and tourism in the country; and (b) upgrade the services and facilities of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport and formulate internationally accepted standards of airport accommodations and services. The PBIAA shall have corporate powers including police authority.
The PBIAA shall be governed by a Board of Directors composed of eleven members with the Secretary of the DOTr and the General Manager of the BPIAA as the ex-officio Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The remaining nine members shall be from the Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Justice (DOJ), Governor of the Province, Mayor of the Municipality of Panglao and three (3) from the private sector. The members of the board shall be appointed by the president and will serve for a term of four (4) years.
“Bohol’s location in the region makes it a strategic gateway not only the central but in the Eastern Visayas and the Northern Mindanao Regions as well. This adds to our challenge to keep our airport operations not only at par but exceed international standards, if possible” said the lawmaker who was Chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Tourism during the sixteenth Congress.