The state of public toilets: A look at restrooms that Pinoy commuters use

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2018 09:34 PM

MANILA - Photos of a washroom at a train station in Manila recently made rounds online, baffling netizens for showing 3 toilet bowls without any partition between them. 

"I wonder what the contractor was thinking," one netizen wrote on Twitter.

The Department of Transportation had denied responsibility over the washroom, saying it was an unfinished project under the previous administration's drive to improve public restrooms around the country. 

But what is the state of public comfort rooms in the metro?

The management of public restroom falls on which government agency owns it, the Department of Interior and Local Government said. 

For instance, those in Luneta are supervised by the National Parks Development Committee while those at the MRT-3 are managed by the railway's administration. Other washrooms are maintained by national agencies or local government, DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya told ABS-CBN News. 

ABS-CBN News teams made a random sampling of the comfort rooms being made available to the riding public and here is what they found out.

Hallway leading to the comfort rooms at the North Port Passenger Terminal at Pier 4, Manila North Harbor. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The urinals inside the male comfort room at the North Port Passenger Terminal at Pier 4, Manila North Harbor. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The comfort room cubicles at the Jam bus terminal on BuendiaAvenue, Makati. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The male urinal at the Ceres bus terminal on Buendia Avenue in Makati consists of one long trough separated by dividers. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The comfort rooms at the Calabarzon bus terminal on Buendia Avenue require a small fee for use. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The male urinal at the Calabarzon bus terminal on Buendia Avenue is ill-maintained. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

This is how the public comfort room for non-airconditioned buses look like at the old Araneta Center Bus Port in Cubao, Quezon City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Two non-working urinals leave one to choose between unkempt urinals at the comfort room for non-airconditioned buses at the old Araneta Center Bus Port in Cubao, Quezon City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A dirty bowl and a dirty floor greet the riding public at the ALPS bus terminal in Pasay City. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The pink paint cannot mask the dirty toilet at the BBL trans bus terminal in Pasay City. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The male comfort room has the same state at the BBL trans bus terminal in Pasay City. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The entrance to the Aldrin bus terminal in Pasay City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Inside is no better at the Aldrin bus terminal in Pasay City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The comfort room at the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) interim bus terminal along Macapagal Avenue is kept clean and has the basic urinal, toilet bowl and sink, but there's no water in the faucet. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Some comfort rooms at the DLTB bus terminal in Malibay, Pasay City have no doors. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Here's a pay restrooms for men and women at the Genesis bus terminal in Pasay City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The comfort room at the Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City is properly maintained. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Most, if not all, public comfort rooms do not provide tissues for users. Here's a restroom at the Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

This is the male public comfort room at the LRT-1 Central Terminal station in Manila. It has segregated trash bins outside the door. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

The LRT-1 Vito Cruz station has only unisex public toilets. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

The same is true at the LRT-2 Recto Station where the public toiletsare unisex. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

This is LRT-2 Recto station's toilet for families and physically challenged. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

The LRT-2 Betty-Go Belmonte station toilet for the physically challenged can be challenging for the handicapped. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

The MRT-3 Shaw Boulevard station public toilet is kept clean. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The MRT-3 Ayala Avenue station public toilet is also relatively clean. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The MRT-3 Quezon Avenue station public toilet is relatively clean but users are also to blame for not flushing after use of the toilet bowl. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Likewise, the Cubao station at the MRT-3 is kept relatively clean. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The public restroom at the MRT-3 North Avenue station is relatively clean but the toilet bowl is out of order. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A worker cleans public comfort rooms at the PNR Laong Laan Station. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The public toilet at the PNR España station that went viral for not having dividers in between the toilet bowls. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

An out-of-order restroom at the PNR EDSA station. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Inside one of the comfort rooms at the PNR Blumentritt Station. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A dilapidated door and unfinished walls lead to an unkempt comfort room at the PNR Sta. Mesa station. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

At the PNR Pandacan station, you'll have to use the toilet bowls in the absence of a cubicle door. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News