September 7, 2016
MMDA Sprucing Up Workers’ Inn
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is currently making renovations and sprucing up its Workers’ Inn or Gwapotel in Port Area, Manila to entice more guests to avail of the facility.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said that agency personnel are now repainting and debugging the bunker beds in the budget hotel.
Despite not being part of the mandate of the agency, Orbos said the continuous maintenance and operations of the Workers’ Inn is part of its public service and charity work particularly to laborers and students whose residences are located in the outskirts of Metro Manila.
“This is a missionary business. Although this venture is not generating much income, its continued operations will provide temporary shelter to its customers. The improved facilities will provide more comfort and will better serve the public,” Orbos said.
The Workers’ Inn posted net earnings of P1.4 million from January to June 2016. Its occupancy rate has consistently increased within two weeks, after it was given proper attention.
An average of over 400 guests stayed at the Gwapotel in August this year.
Gwapotel have provided safe and decent 12-hour lodging with free shower for workers, students, and travelers for a measly P50, bringing people closer to their workplaces, school, and other destinations.
There are over 20 food stalls located at the ground floor of the inn where guests can choose from a wide variety of local delicacies.
The Workers’ Inn was inaugurated in May 1, 2007 and started operations in May 14 the same year.