Council probes collections from toilet use

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The City Council has conducted a probe on the collection of payments for the use of the public toilet located at the Baywalk, following allegations of anomalies in its improper handling by designated city employees and officials.

Appearing at the Council’s session Monday, Baywalk program manager Gideon Dangan denied accusations raised in media recently that there are unremitted collection from the use of the comfort rooms.

Baywalk has been collecting P5 from persons using the facility, an amount that is supposed to be remitted to the city treasurer’s office.

Councilor Nesario Awat noted allegations that the amounts being remitted to the city government is not properly accounted for.

“This is the reason we wrote a letter for purposes of Q & A. The unremitted collected fees of the use of the public toilets is not the total but only the partial amount that is being remitted to the City Treasurer’s office,” Awat said.

Dangan, however, denied the allegation and dismissed it as having no basis.

“Gawa-gawa lang ito. Kung sa side lang namin, hindi namin ito kayang gawin. Kasi ‘yung box, ang may hawak lang ng susi nun is ‘yung city collector na regular,” Dangan said.

He said they have been collecting amounts ranging from P800 to P1,200 each week and that they have records of the collection. The money, he said, is being collected on a daily basis by a city designated collector.

“Gabi-gabing kinokolekta ‘yung payments sa Baywalk,” Dangan said.

He said that the city government’s collector maintains a record of the collections signed by the collector himself and the toilet’s caretaker. He also said that the sealed box with a padlock contains all the payments and that the only one who has the key is the regular city collector.

However, Dangan admitted that not everyone who uses the toilets was being imposed on fees. He said that there are “considerations” being made in some instances, for senior citizens, those who do not have smaller bills.

Hindi lahat ng pumapasok nakokolektahan. May mga considerations tayong binibigay. Sa mga senior citizens, ‘yung may malalaking pera like P500 na wala kaming pang-barya,” Dangan said.

Dangan, at the same time, said that some people do not accept the tickets being given to them by the toilet caretaker. In cases like this, he said the unclaimed tickets are still being dropped inside the box in order to get additional funds for the maintenance of the comfort rooms.

“May mga gumagamit ng CR na binibigyan namin ng ticket, ‘yun yung binibilang ng treasurer’s office. Kapag may sobra dun, ibig sabihin, ‘yung yung mga naghulog ng P5 na hindi kumuha ng ticket,” Dangan said.

“Ang ginagawa namin pinapahulog nalang namin sa box, tapos pag binuksan ‘yung box, dun malalaman ng kolektor kung ilan ‘yung sobra sa ticket at ‘yun ‘yung binibigay samin para sa maintenance,” he added.

City councilor Peter Maristela claimed the practice as explained by Dangan was irregular and subject to abuse.

“May problema. Dun lumalabas ang issue na merong koleksyon ang CR na hindi nakakarating sa Treasurer’s office. Bakit? Kasi sayo na rin mismo nanggaling na ‘yung mga gagamit na hindi tumatanggap ng ticket ay iniiwan lang dun sa kolektor ‘yung pera na hindi naibibigay sa Treasurer’s office,” Maristela said.

Maristela urged to stop the payments and collection fees being charged to people who need to use it and said that the use of toilet and other facilities should be part of the services being offered at the park.

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