MANILA- At first glance, it seemed like a regular comfort room. But you may have to take a look again.
This is the now-viral "three-in-one' toilets, found at the Philippine National Railways station in España Boulevard in Manila.
While the comfort room offers water, has a relatively clean sink, toilet goers will be wanting privacy.
Now, the management of Philippine National Railways has urged the Department of Transportation to blacklist the contractor behind the viral photo of "three-in-one" toilets at its station.
The transportation department however pinned the blame at "Kayo ang Boss Ko Toilet (KBK) Facilities" for the substandard project which it said was among those procured by then-Department of Transportation and Communication in 2012.
"PNR is recommending to DOTr blacklisting proceedings for the KBK contractors and officially handover the project to PNR for proper closure of the project," it said in a recent Facebook post.
"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," it added.
The said toilets, therefore, are now merely " a structure built on PNR stations."
The DOTr explained that since the project was not turned over to PNR, the train line's management cannot assume responsibility over repairs and maintenance.
A total of 20 toilet facilities was given to PNR in different stations namely: 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.