₱12 million worth of MMDA pink urinals allegedly left to rust away in agency’s Pasig City compound

Nathaniel R. Melican and TJ Burgonio of The Philippine Daily Inquirer report that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spent ₱26.25 million for a total of 1,040 urinals for men from 2003 to 2009, but managed to install only 477."

Nathaniel R. Melican and TJ Burgonio of The Philippine Daily Inquirer report that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spent ₱26.25 million for a total of 1,040 urinals for men from 2003 to 2009, but managed to install only 477." This was revealed in a 2011 report of the Commission on Audit (COA).

 

The COA report likewise noted that the urinals that installed were not even "properly maintained" and further disclosed that "563 units, worth ₱12.18 million, were improperly stored, dilapidated, and ’exposed to the elements’ at an MMDA compound in Pasig City. The pink urinals project was launched during the term of MMDA chair Bayani Fernando under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration.

 

The Inquirer report cited MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez, who said "the agency under the Aquino administration did not scrap the project and had actually installed a number of urinals since COA made the report." According to the report, Jimenez told the Inquirer, "COA called our attention to this issue, so we have conducted our own audit of these urinals. As of May this year, we only have 342 urinals waiting to be installed, and these are stored at our base in Ortigas, Pasig. All of them are still in good condition."

 

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