MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said Tuesday he would order the construction of public toilets in Liwasang Bonifacio as part of his efforts to clean up the Philippines' capital city.
Liwasang Bonifacio, a city square that honors revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio, has turned into a “tae-tae island” (island of feces), Moreno told reporters as he inspected road works around the monument.
Moreno said there was an "influx" of requests on social media to build toilets in the area.
"There are so many people passing by the park and we want to accommodate them and find them an outlet for number 1 and number 2," he said, referring to slang words for urinating and defecating.
The toilets will be completed in a few weeks, he said.
"Itong small things, ito yung mga kinibit balikat ng mga tao sa gobyerno, ‘Walang kuwenta yan, maliit na bagay yan, so on and so forth," he said.
(These are the small things that are taken foregranted by government, dismissed as small matters, irrelevant, so and and so forth.)
"O before you know it, wala na. The problem is so huge na you cannot, parang wala ka nang magalawan,” he said. “So as much as possible, kami ay nananawagan ng kusang pakikiisa sa mamamayan."
(Before you know it, the problem is so huge you could barely move... So as much as possible we are seeking the public's cooperation.)
Other locations of public toilets in the city will be identified “as we progress,” Moreno said.
Aside from the comfort room, roads surrounding the Liwasang Bonifacio were being asphalted, he said.