If you’re someone who uses public transport regularly, you’re probably used to saving up spare change for train, bus, or jeepney fare. You might also understand how it sucks to have to spend your last few coins to use the toilet at transport terminals and rest stops instead of paying for your trip.
But that could be something we needn’t worry about for long. Yesterday, Congress announced the Senate’s approval of House Bill No. 725, which seeks to implement the free use of sanitary facilities in all land transport terminals in the Philippines. The bill has been transmitted to the Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval.
The bill requires owners, operators, and administrators of terminals, stations, stops, and rest areas to provide and maintain proper sanitary facilities. This includes toilets as well as hand-washing and drinking facilities that passengers should be allowed to use for free. Violators will be fined P5,000. Ouch.
A passenger who wishes to use the comfort room for free must simply show his or her ticket that was paid for on the same day.
The late Mountain Province Rep. Maximo Dalog, the bill’s principal author, explained in a previous statement that the additional fees should not be imposed on travelers since “the maintenance of rest areas and service facilities is part of the services for human care of common carriers.”
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