A photo taken inside the toilet of PNR España Station in Manila has gone viral after netizens noticed the unusual set-up of the toilet bowls – there was no visible partition in between to give privacy to users.
The uploader, Ehm Diolata described her photo with a sarcastic remark.
To her surprised, the photo generated quite a buzz on social media, getting almost 2K shares on Facebook, drawing mixed reactions from netizens, forcing her to explain on Facebook.
Diolata’s post said:
“I wasn’t aware that my post about the toilet in PNR España Station has reached 1.8k shares already.
My post was not meant to humiliate any person or government body. T’was merely for fun, and out of concern as well. I am a PNR commuter since I was a child. I’m a proud Batang Riles, Batang Sta. Mesa. 🙋 That day was the first time I saw a toilet inside a PNR Station. Malinis ang toilet, pero walang divider ang tatlong urinal bowl na naka-install.
Nakakaproud makita ang improvements ng PNR from their ticketing system to the newly built stations, to the very accommodating staff.
And thanks to Department of Transportation – Philippines and PNR for reaching out. They will be releasing their official statements soon. And hopefully, mas maging maayos ang mga facilities nila.”
It turned out the DOTr reached out to Diolata, obviously after the PNR was heavily criticized for a not so “well-thought out” toilet design.
But here’s the interesting part, the PNR toilet in the viral photo was allegedly a project of the DOTC in 2012. Doubt it? Wel, I suggest you go over DOTr’s Facebook post for your reference.
This refers to the post of Ms. Ehm Diolata concerning KBK Toilet Facilities in Philippine National Railways (PNR) stations.
According to PNR GM Junn Magno, KBK Toilet Facilities (short for Kayo and Boss Ko Toilet) were among the projects of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) in 2012.
The project was procured by DOTC separately, one for civil works and the other for supply of the materials, hence, the project was not implemented due to absence of coordination even after the end of the term of the past administration.
PNR was given 20 facilities in Tutuban, Blumentritt, Laon-laan, España, Sta.Mesa, Pandacan, Pasay Road, EDSA, FTI, BIcutan, Sucat, calamba, San Pablo, Lucena, Tagkawayan, Sipocot, Naga, Iriga, Ligao and Legazpi stations.
The KBK toilet is merely a structure built on PNR stations but no facility/ies can be found inside to be able to serve its purpose. Until today, the project was not turned over to PNR, thus, its repair and maintenance cannot be assumed by PNR.
PNR is recommending to DOTr blacklisting proceedings for the KBK contractors and officially handover the project to PNR for proper closure of the project.
DOTr’s revelation has sparked an outrage against the previous administration as shown in the comments in the thread.
Ruffy Chris Loquia
“Another incompetence of the previous administration. DOTr, I do hope that will constract benches for waiting passengers. The benches doesn’t have to be made of steel, just a cement bench will do. It is cheap and yet will last for a long time. It is very hard to wait in the train stations for hours standing or sitting on the floor. Thanks!”
“Isa ito sa mga panloloko na islogan ng dating administrasyon, KAYO ANG BOSS KO! sarap pakinggan pero ang katotohanan ito ay pambobola lamang ng mga Aquino sa mga tao.”
“Pwede nang magkwentuhan nyan habang nagdedeposito. Ang galing talaga ni PNOY mag isip… Human Rights at Human Lives laging magkasama yan di pwedeng paghiwalayin parang magkaibigan yan eh kahit sa toilet di pwedeng paghiwalayin….”
“Yan ang CR ng daang matuwad. KBK toilets, where KBK stands for Kayo ang Boss Ko.”
Filipinos are fun loving people so its not surprising social media people will poke fun at the unusual toilet, at the expense of the Pnoy admin.
“Hawak hawak kamay yan para pag tibi ang lalabas may pwersa, grabe talaga admin ni panot KBK ka pang nalalaman, eh binusabos mo naman ang kaban ng bayan”
Albert Herrera Goquingco “Desi Villamin – Advanced lang mag isip ang PNR #genderequalbathroom hahahaha”
“Ganyan ang design nyan kasi kung mahirap talaga ilabas pwede ka makipagholding hands sa katabi for support and encouragement. 🤔”
“KAYO ANG BOSS KO (KBK Contractor) what a name of a firm!! A dummy?”
The Pnoy administration has been associated with projects that could qualify in the Guinness World Record under the “bizarre” category. Does “bridge without a river” rings a bell?
Well, according to explanation of DPWH Southern Leyte the bridge was built over a fault line, hence justifying need to create slab bridge or as the netizens call it, the “bridge without a river”.
But when the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Chief geologist Valentine Narido went to the area to investigate, he told reporters that he did not see any evidence indicating that there is a fault line in the area. [GMA News, May 4, 2016]