When will toilets be clean

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


WHEN an entrepreneur enters the business world, he would face the struggle of getting the required business permits as mandated by government regulations. This is intended to raise funds for the government to pursue their public services.

The person has to pass the various departments of engineering, building, zoning, fire, and health. Many are asking what permit is being released by the local government when the so-called sanitary permit is issued. What inspection has been done by the health office in order to justify the release and approval of a sanitary permit?

For all establishments that require the existence of toilets (please do not call it comfort room or rest room), does the health inspector really check if there is a hygienic toilet facility present? This was the question raised by a retired banker to another retiree. Food establishments must have very clean toilets and must maintain it all the times, said the former banker.

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Shopping malls, department stores, dry goods stores must have clean toilet facilities. Some do not have water supply. Many do not have an employee to readily clean toilets, said the insurance guy during a coffee talk. It is not surprising in the case of Manokan Country why residents refuse to bring their visitors to that food place, said the car salesman. It is because the health office never require the establishments there to have truly clean and well maintained toilets. It is embarrassing, said the car salesman.

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A group of media and civic clubs are initiating to undertake the selection of “The Clean Toilets” and “The Dirty Toilets.” This is a good move because it will become an eye opener to the government units that take for granted their duty to mankind, the former banker said.

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It is amusing why Filipinos could not focus to maintain clean toilets. Even some of the better restaurants have stinky or unsanitary toilets. Wake up, wake up, said the car salesman during the coffee talk. Let us have clean toilets always, he added.*

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2014.

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