P12M worth of MMDA urinals rotting

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2012 06:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2012 02:29 AM

Bayani: E di ikabit ang hindi naikabit

MANILA, Philippines - More than P12 million worth of male urinals purchased by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) remain uninstalled and are slowly deteriorating while stockpiled in the open area of the Base 108 compound of the agency.

A Commission on Audit report for 2011 said the MMDA purchased 1,040 male urinals from 2003 to 2009. Of this number, only 477 units were reportedly installed while the remaining 563 units are still with the agency.
The report added that out of the 14 cities in Metro Manila listed as requiring installation of male urinals, 10 cities--including Quezon City, Valenzuela, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Makati, Marikina, Pasig, Pateros, Taguig and Parañaque--were shown short of the required urinals.

COA said it appears that there was no immediate or urgent need for procuring so many urinals as evidenced by a big number of uninstalled units. It said the purpose of procuring the urinals was not satisfactorily achieved since the agency failed to employ proper maintenance to keep the urinals clean and free from foul odor.
BF: E di ikabit ang hindi naikabit!

Former MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando belittled the findings of COA, saying that they were able to install most of the urinals they purchased.

“Nakabit ang karamihan, pero walang problema yan. E di ikabit yung mga hindi naikabit,’ he said.

He said he suspects that the audit team saw old urinals that were removed by the present MMDA management.

"Baka tinanggal nila at binodega nila yun,” he said.

Fernando also defended the reported lack of maintenance of the urinals. He said the urinals were designed to be maintenance-free but because more people are using it, he admitted that it came to a point of being malodorous.

“May amoy nga pero mas magaling yan kaysa naman sa mga pader na ilang buwan hindi nawawala ang amoy,” he said.

The former MMDA chief said use of the urinals should be continued since most drivers benefit from an accessible restroom along the road.

“Hanggang ngayon hindi pa natatanggap ng iba yan pero mas maganda yan kaysa sa umiihi sa bakod o kaya sa mga gulong ng jeep at bus,” he said.
MMDA:Unused urinals will be installed

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, however, denied Fernando’s claim that the COA saw old urinals.

“May mga urinals ho talaga na inabutan kong hindi naka-install,” he said.

He said he plans to distribute these urinals to the local government units of the 17 cities and municipalities in mega manila.

Tolentino said the urinals can be used in public markets, schools and barangay halls. Local government units will then be tasked to maintain the urinals, he said.

"Ang requirement lang namin sa kanila ay ma-maintain nila. By next week, we will distribute it,” he said.