Quezon City 5th district Rep. PM Vargas Proposes “Bidet in Every Public Toilet Act”
Quezon City 5th district Representative PM Vargas has introduced House Bill (HB) No.8959, also known as the proposed “Bidet in Every Public Toilet Act”, in an effort to improve the health and well-being of Filipinos. The bill aims to address the lack of bidets in public restrooms, stating that “Quality restrooms with bidets are more than just basic amenity; they are a symbol of society’s progress and commitment to ensuring the well-being of its citizens”.
The proposed legislation comes as the world observes “World Toilet Day” on Sunday, Nov. 19. It seeks to promote Filipinos’ right to clean water and sanitation by mandating all commercial establishments and public buildings in the country to install bidets in their restrooms.
Rep. Vargas believes that the installation of bidets will bring benefits such as reduced toilet paper cost, fewer environmental issues, and increased customer satisfaction, particularly for businesses in high-traffic areas. He emphasized the cultural preference for water and soap over tissue paper in restrooms and the importance of providing adequate sanitation for a cleaner, healthier, and dignified citizenry.
If passed into law, HB No.8959 will complement Republic Act (RA) No.11311, which directed all land and roll-on/off transport terminals and stations to establish sanitary facilities.
The “Bidet in Every Public Toilet Act” aims to bring about significant changes in the current system and provide Filipinos with the comfort and sanitation they deserve. This move aligns with Vargas’ goal of ensuring the well-being of all citizens and promoting progress in society.