PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law requiring free internet services and clean sanitary facilities for commuters in transport terminals.
Duterte signed Republic Act 11311 on April 17, a copy of which was released by Malacañang on Wednesday.
Under the law, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, in coordination with the Department of Transportation and other concerned agencies, is mandated to ensure that free internet access is provided in the terminals.
The terminals must also have separate lactation stations for breastfeeding mothers.
The measure prohibits terminal operators from collecting fees from passengers for the use of restrooms. A passenger must only show the paid bus ticket for the day in order to avail of the free use of sanitary facilities.
The law, however, does not cover deluxe sanitary facilities that are operated for commercial purposes and for the convenience of passengers who prefer such facilities.
The owner, operator, or administrator of land transport terminals, stations, stops, rest areas and roll-on/roll-off terminals who does not comply with the standards for sanitary facilities will be fined for P5,000 for each day of violation and another P5,000 each day of collecting fees from passengers for the use of sanitary facilities.