The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said, it will build eleven (11) new airport restrooms this year that would include separate rooms for LGBT and People with Disabilities (PWD). The plan will be implemented on eleven out of forty one provincial airports.
The planned communal comfort rooms will have a ground area of 49.5 sqm. And will be divided into four rooms that will cater males, females, persons with disabilities, and LGBT.
“This is part of CAAP’s ‘Gender Awareness Program (GAP).”, a report on ABS CBN said.
“Communal Toilets or all gender restroom means that anyone can use this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression,” CAAP said in an earlier statement.
The toilets for the members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) group can serve one person at a time with one urinal and a lavatory.
The comfort rooms will be constructed outside the terminal buildings and will be painted with neutral colors of maroon and cream.
The planned facilities will be built at the airports of Butuan, Legaspi, Dipolog, Calbayog, Pagadian, Tuguegarao, Cauayan, Busuanga, Puerto Princesa, Masbate, and Naga.
The idea came up during a gender sensitivity forum when some LGBT members raised concerns that they feel discriminated whenever they enter the comfort room, according to CAAP.
Each comfort room building cost around P1.8 million, or about P19.8 million for the construction of 11 comfort rooms.
CAAP said the comfort rooms are targeted to be completed before this year ends. The agency is planning to build similar comfort rooms in other airports next year.
Aside from the comfort rooms, CAAP added that they have other specialized projects like diaper changing area, breastfeeding station, and children’s playing area.
CAAP said aside from the communal comfort rooms, they have other projects in the pipeline such as the breastfeeding station, diaper changing area, and children’s playing area.
Although the project is expected to boost moral respect to LGBT according to the agency, some critics are quick to react about each building’s overpriced budget.