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Archive for July 6th, 2009

I just wish…

Pink fences, half-exposed urinals along EDSA (also in pink), and now this:

Footbridge exposes students to peeping toms
Lawyers seeks changes in structure

By Allison Lopez
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:31:00 06/24/2009

MANILA, Philippines — A lawyer has criticized the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for building a footbridge in the university belt area that he claimed “exposed” instead of protected female students, especially those wearing skirts.

In a June 21 letter to MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, lawyer Ernesto Francisco Jr. complained that the design of the crossover steel-type footbridge on Legarda Street corner C. M. Recto Avenue violated the right to privacy and even contributed to the “indignity and humiliation” of its female users.

“This is because the steel footbridge is designed in such a way that there are open and uncovered spaces between the steps of its staircases and also, along the sides of the staircases and main bridge. These open and uncovered spaces expose the privacy of female pedestrians, mostly students and employees in uniforms, using the footbridge,” he said in a three-page letter.

Read the rest of the article here.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for public safety and convenience. That footbridge on Legarda street is a very welcome addition, and has been a long time coming — what with the thousands of students that pass through that street each day. But exposing female pedestrians to those voyeuristic freaks for the sake of security just doesn’t make any freaking sense.

While the MMDA should be commended for doing their job inspite of criticisms left and right, I just wish they’d leave the planning and designing aspects of public structures, such as that footbridge, to the REAL experts and not to the color-challenged people in their organization.

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Man, I was so wishing I had that “I Park Like an Idiot” sticker on hand when I saw this…

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