Solon wants restrooms to be built along national, provincial highways

Because when you gotta go, you gotta go
May 25, 2011

The days of holding you bladder until you reached the next service station may soon be over as Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. is pushing for the construction of restrooms along national and provincial highways nationwide.

"We must find ways for the comfort of our traveling public, not only in terms of road safety and traffic management. We must also bear in mind that health and sanitation should also be a forefront variable in the measures that we craft," said Revilla, who chairs the Senate committees on public services and public works.

Revilla added that although the government has focused on the creation and rehabilitation of road infrastructures like highways and bridges to address the increasing number of vehicles in the country, there are long stretches of roads, especially in the rural and provincial areas, that have no restroom facilities for motorists to relieve themselves.

"Because of this, motorists are left with no choice but to stop and relieve themselves at the roadside where it is not only dangerous due to the oncoming traffic, but also uncomfortable and highly unsanitary. We must help our road users in their hygienic practice," Revilla pointed out.

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Through Senate Bill No. 22 or the Land Transport Support Facilities for Hygiene and Convenience Bill filed by Revilla, public restrooms shall be constructed every 30 to 50 kilometers along the country's national and provincial highways and that these shall be erected at least three meters from the road network's shoulder.

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"The MMDA had already built urinals along EDSA. It relieved our male motorists and pedestrians but unfortunately, it caused sanitation issues because the discharges spilled out on the sidewalk. What we need are clean and efficient public restrooms for both male and female road users," Revilla added.

The bill further stipulates that the maintenance and supervision of the public restrooms will be by the city or municipal government that has jurisdiction in the area. A fee may be collected for every single use of the restroom with the collected fees to be placed in a trust fund and any income derived from the restroom’s operation will be used "for the development projects of the barangay where it is located."

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