P20 million to be spent for gender-neutral, LGBT restrooms in Philippine airports

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said approximately twenty million pesos (PhP20 million) will be spent for the construction of “gender-neutral” restrooms that will cater to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) community in some airports nationwide. The said restrooms will also serve Persons with disabilities (PWDs).

CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio told the Philippines News Agency that each toilet, which will be constructed outside the terminal buildings, is estimated to cost from PhP1 million to PhP1.8 million. Construction will take place within the month.

Apolonio further said that these toilets will have a ground area of about 50 square meters and will be painted with neutral colors.

First batch of toilets will be built in 11 airports—Busuanga, Butuan, Calbayog, Cauayan, Dipolog, Masbate, Legaspi, Pagadian, Naga, Puerto Princesa, and Tuguegarao and in the CAAP central office in Pasay City, CAAP spokesman said.

The construction of these new toilets are expected to encourage gender awareness and sensitivity among airport employees, Apolonio said. It is also part of CAAP’s Gender Awareness Development (GAD) program.

GAD program also includes upgrades and rehabilitation in 41 of country’s commercial airports including the addition of other projects such as breastfeeding stations, diaper changing areas among others.