Construction of public toilets along national highways sought

AS people travel this Holy Week, a Visayan congressman has reiterated his call for the construction of public toilets for every 10 kilometers of the national roads  to strengthen government’s promotion of public health and sanitation.

“Public restroom especially now during Holy Week is an essential element of a community not only in public places but also along roads where motorists and traveling public frequent. Every time someone goes out of their home, he or she will probably need a comfort room,” said Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado, a former chairman of the House committee on constitutional amendments.

Under his House Bill (HB) No. 3562, the construction of public restrooms will be established every 10 kilometers in national roads.

“Without public restrooms, the community’s health and sanitation will be compromised. Consequently, the public’s well-being will also be compromised,” Mercado said.

Mercado’s proposal will task the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to prepare the plans and specifications of the restrooms to be constructed along national roads in a typical manner as much as possible.

The DPWH, according to the proposal, shall maintain the constructed restrooms along national roads and shall include in its annual budget the funds necessary to implement the provisions of the proposed Act.