MANILA (UPDATE) - Transportation terminals are now required to provide free internet service and clean restrooms to passengers under a new law.
Republic Act No. 1131, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 17 but a copy of which was released by Malacañang only on Wednesday, covers land transportation terminals, stations, stops, rest areas, and roll-on/roll-off terminals.
Rest areas are defined in the new measure as facilities along major roads which are provided with parking space, restaurants or snack bars, restrooms or waiting sheds for commuters.
Under the measure, there should be separate restrooms for persons with disabilities, and male and female passengers.
Transportation terminals are also required to set up at least 1 lactation station separate from the restrooms.
Restrooms in terminals should have the following facilities:
- safe and adequate water supply
- flush system
- toilet seat with cover
- lavatory with toilet paper, mirror, soap, hand dryer, and door lock
- waste bin
- exclusive space for diaper-changing
Collection of fees from passengers for the use of regular sanitary facilities is prohibited under the new law and commuters are required to show their paid travel ticket for the day to avail the free use of sanitary facilities.
Owners or operators of transport terminals who violate the new law may be fined P5,000 for each day of the infraction.
Senator Grace Poe, principal author and sponsor of the measure, called on terminal operators to maintain sanitary facilities.
"We urge the strict implementation of this law, to see to it that the internet provided is indeed free and that the restrooms can really give the travelers comfort and rest. The overall maintenance of these facilities should also be consistent," she said.
Read the full measure here: