Public Urinals: Pissing Away Public Funds in Iloilo City

I'm convinced public urinals are a waste of money in Iloilo City where we currently reside and are pissing away public funds. I can't speak for the rest of the Philippines, but in the "City of Love,"  I've only seen one person occupy one of the fixtures pictured below.Public Male Urinal in Iloilo City, the Philippines

 

Medicus in Iloilo

Riding shotgun on the Hibao-an jeepney on our way home from a night at "The Farm" in Guimaras when I asked my asawa for her Sony Cybershot digital camera. It was a sunny day, the lighting good and I wanted to be ready for any photo opportunities. 

"Fight Dengue!" That sign grabbed my attention. My American expat friend, The Tom Cat, was recently hit by the dengue fever bug and suffered miserably for over a week.

Fortunately Tom is doing fine, though we only downed a total of four bottles of San Miguel Pilsen during our visit to the mango province this past Saturday which leads me to believe my amigo is not fully recovered. 

But that was enough Pilsen to fuel some karoake singing from me in which I totally embarrassed my poor asawa…again.

Medicus in Iloilo

I kept the camera ready and snapped a picture of a Filipino man passing by dressed in traditional headgear to fight the blistering sun. This towel or t-shirt over the head look is quite popular in the Philippines. 

No need for public urinal

And then my photo op appeared! The man had decided to make a pit stop right in front of the local Medicus outlet that sunny Sunday morning. Expats that have lived in the Philippines for any amount of time, know that this is a common practice. I wrote about this Philippine phenomenon shortly after we moved here over four years ago in an article titled "To Pee or Not to Pee." 

By now, I'm immune to it and though I've never been brave enough to unzip and pee in public during daylight hours, I have been known to relieve myself on darkened public streets in Guimaras during Manggahan Festivials

I sincerely hope that local officials will no longer feel the need to waste public funds on any more male public urinals. They are not necessary and are sorely underutilized. How about using those monies for pan de sal for puppies, or some other good cause? 

12 comments

  1. As much as I love the Philippines this is one thing I do not understand at all. I cannot count the amount of times I have seen a guy whip it out and pee all over a building, a electrical pole, or basically anything he wants to pee on. Right in front of people, in front of kids, in front of the whole world.

    Those pee urinals should be GONE. It is still pissing in public!! You can see, if you choose, the stream of pee. And it is gross. The areas smell and are disgusting. Why filipinos put up with this I do not understand. I ask many filipinos about this and they just shrug. I guess it is just normal.

    I don't mind so much if a guy or gal has to take a quick pee and goes behind a tree or bush or something like that. But to piss in public, on MAJOR streets, right in front of everyone is just not right.

     

     

    1. Yep, Todd, you’ll only get “the shrug” if you ask a local about this practice. After four years, I’m immune to it as long as someone doesn’t pee on me. 😛

  2. While visiting my girlfriend in Davao City I would get up super early and as soon as the sun was up I would take long hikes around the city, seeing the new places. One day while delivering breakfast to the prospective Mrs Right, she asked how my walk was? I told her fine but you have to watch out for the dew in the morning. She laughed histerically for a moment and pointed out that the water coming from the roof was not dew, it was people peaing out of the windows in the morning on the 2nd floor, and it runs off of the roof and of course no gutters. Ahhh the Philippines, it's not better than here, it's not worse than here, it's just different than here. How I love the Philippines!!

  3. Dave, the public urinal at the plaza in Mandurriao is the worst I've seen (to date).  All the jeepney drivers use it as a pitstop, stinks to high heaven.  Then they go to the wellhead two feet away and pump the water into their water bottles to drink.  I should send you a pic.  It's the one in front of the Mandurriao fire station.  If I can time it right, I can get a shot while one guy is peeing and the other is pumping his drinking water.  Of course, then you probably couldn't post it 🙂

     

    Off to Rob's Bar today.  It's supposed to be a large crowd and he'll have a crockpot full of Sloppy Joe's for those who want to get something to eat.  

    1. You’re right about that public urinal, Rease. I just spotted it the day I posted this article. Two guys took a pee and I told Melinda. She, too, informed me about the public well right next to the urinal. Next time I stop at Rob’s Bar, The Outhouse, I’ll see if someone will take my picture as I stand in there and pretend to relieve my self. 😛

      Sorry, I missed the Sloppy Joe’s. I was in the principal’s office in Guimaras yesterday morning. More on that later.

      1. Think I can help you with that pic Dave 🙂  Let me know when you want to stage it?  That would be hilarious!  No way I'm drinkin' any of the water from the well though…

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