LOOK: NAIA comfort rooms not spared by 'Glenda'

Posted at 07/17/2014 12:50 PM | Updated as of 07/17/2014 7:25 PM
Tiles from the newly renovated female and male comfort rooms at the NAIA fell from the wall due to strong winds brought by typhoon 'Glenda'. Photo by Raoul Esperas

MANILA, Philippines – Newly-renovated comfort rooms inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 weren't spared by strong winds brought by typhoon "Glenda."

Tiles at the female comfort room at the arrival area of NAIA-1 were detached from the walls reportedly due to the gusty winds that also toppled trees and power lines all over Luzon on Wednesday.

Because of the protruding tiles, the female comfort room was temporarily closed to the public.

The incident forced female and male passengers at the airport to share the male restroom, resulting to long queues.

Several tiles inside the male comfort room were also torn off, exposing hollow cement in the walls.

The incident came as a surprise to airport officials since the comfort rooms were recently renovated.

NAIA-Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta said the construction firm behind the renovation, Global Construction Corp., will be questioned as to why the tiles weren’t installed securely.

He added that upon dismantling the protruding tiles, it revealed that hollow cement and lack of adhesive to the tiles caused the incident.

"Global Construction will have to explain as to the incident of the falling tiles and since the renovation job is still under warranty, Global Construction should shoulder the cost of repair," Basanta said.

On Wednesday, two commercial planes parked at the NAIA runway were also damaged after they were dragged by the typhoon’s strong winds. -- Report from Raoul Esperas
 

Tiles from the newly renovated female and male comfort rooms at the NAIA fell from the wall due to strong winds brought by typhoon 'Glenda'. Photo by Raoul Esperas