Issue of July 7, 2019
     
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Late MP Solon’s bill on free CR use now a law
by Erlindo Agwilang

President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the law that mandates management of transportation terminals to provide clean restrooms for free.

The late Mountain Province representative Maximo Dalog  Sr. authored House Bill 725 entitled “An act prohibiting the collection of fees from passengers for the use of sanitary facilities located in the land transportation terminals, stations, stops and rest areas.”

At the Senate, Sen. Grace Poe’s version was entitled “An act to improve land transportation terminals, stations, stops, appropriating funds therefore” under Senate Bill 1749.

Both bills were consolidated under Republic Act 11311 now known as “An act to improve land transportation terminals, stations, stops, rest areas and roll-on/roll-off terminals, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes.”

Under the law, it will be unlawful for owners, operators and administrators of land transport terminals, bus stops, and rest areas to collect fees from passengers for the use of sanitary facilities. It has been a long-time exercise by various transport terminals to collect fees ranging from P5 to P10 as service fees for the maintenance of their respective sanitary facilities. However, the recently signed law explains that the State recognizes the right of every establishment to a fair return of investment but carries with it a corresponding social responsibility to provide adequate facilities for the comfort of its clientele.

Now, a passenger may just show the paid bus ticket to avail of sanitary facilities.

Aside from the prohibition of fee collection, RA 11311 mandates the provision of free Internet, separate rooms for persons with disability, adequate ventilation and lighting, water supply, flush system, toilet seat with cover, lavatory with toilet paper, mirror, soap, hand drier, and an exclusive space for diaper-changing. 

Non-compliant owners, administrators or operators will be fined P5,000 for each day of violation.

The Department of Transportation in coordination with the Department of Information Communications Technology and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Department of Health are tasked to draft the implementing rules and regulations of RA 11311.

 

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