MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is looking to upgrade and rehabilitate all the public toilets not just at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), but in all airports, seaports, train stations and Land Transportation Office waiting rooms.
The DOTC will soon open the bidding for the rehabilitation and upgrade of 786 toilets and the construction of 231 new ones. At present, agencies under the DOTC have a total of 1,224 public toilets.
Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas said he has noticed a lot of the toilets require repairs, but the procurement of equipment for each agency would cost a lot. Thus, the DOTC opted for bulk purchasing, which would translate into 30-35% in savings.
"In the past, civil works for construction of toilets cost P35,000 per square meter. But because we are using bulk purchase for this project, civil works was reduced to about P18,000 per square meter," he said.
Roxas also said it will start the bidding for the P500-million airport X-ray screening and security equipment contract next month. This is aimed at improving security at different airports in the country.
"These X-rays will be installed in places where there are no screening or where even if there is equipment but because of the volume of passengers, they need additional equipment...We will make them all have two layers of screening just like what we have in NAIA," he said.
The P500-million project includes the purchase of:
- 21 initial security checkpoints;
- 25 final security screening;
- 9 units of X-ray inspection system for cargo;
- 46 units of walk through metal detectors;
- 92 hand held metal detectors;
- 55 CCTV system;
- 55 UPS system; and
- 55 AVR system.
According to Roxas, the country has 45 commercial airports but only 21 has adequate X-ray screening equipment. By purchasing these equipment, airports will become up to standard.
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The Department has also come up with a shortlist for the possible locations of the intermodal bus terminals.
In northern Metro Manila, the DOTC is looking at the following locations: Trinoma area (5 hectares); Mindanao Avenue; UP property; and along NLEX Balintawak area (12 hectares).
In southern Metro Manila, the DOTC is considering FTI Taguig and the PNCC areas near Bicutan interchange.
In Cavite, the reclamation area property is one of the areas being eyed for the terminal.
The DOTC said a final decision will be issued in a month's time.
Meanwhile, the DOTC welcomed the joint venture of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp., which will be involved in bidding for light rail projects.
One of the DOTC's projects is the LRT-1 South Extension, which will add another 12 kilometers to the existing 21-kilometer LRT line. The DOTC aims to finish half of the project by late 2014 and complete it by 2015.