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PGMA inaugurates "workers' inn" in Manila

Manila (2 May) -- As part of this year's Labor Day celebration, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today a four-storey "workers' inn" in Manila for "urban workers whose homes are not within convenient commuting distance from Metro Manila."

Called "Gwapotel: Tulugan sa Bayan," the dormitory-style bed and bath facility is a joint project of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the National Power Corporation (Napocor).

Strategically located at the former Napocor Building along Bonifacio Drive in Port Area, Manila, the temporary living facility, also dubbed "PGMA's Workers' Inn," provides transients with a room for a 10-hour stay at the affordable rate of P25.

The President was joined by MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, Napocor Chairman Cyril del Callar and Department of Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro in the ceremonial unveiling of the marker and ribbon-cutting activities formally opening to the public the sleeping and bathing facility.

According to Fernando, the 700-bed Gwapotel was conceptualized under the President's pro-poor program of providing clean and affordable living quarters to every Filipino, particularly provincial residents who work in Metro Manila.

Fernando said that under PGMA's Worker's Inn program, the Gwapotel is designed to provide an affordable albeit temporary sleeping and bathing facility for workers whose homes are not within convenient commuting distance to their places of work in Metro Manila.

"Gwapotel will provide relief and added rest time to workers who need to commute daily to and from their residences in the provinces," Fernando said, adding that it was among the wage benefits the President gave to the Filipino workers this Labor Day.

The dormitory-style Gwapotel is divided as follows: the third and fourth floors are allocated to provide sleeping and bathing facilities for male customers while the second floor is allocated for women clients.

An off-street vendors' market on the ground floor of the building will house sellers of food and basic necessities.

Guests are charged P25 for a 10-hour stay which includes a bath. Upon payment, the customer is given a token which he or she uses to activate the token-operated shower. The shower is good for about 40 liters of water or about eight minutes of continuous running water, whichever comes first.

After the unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremonies, the President was given a brief tour of the Gwapotel's facilities by Fernando and Del Callar. (OPS/PIA) [top]

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