A Culture of Hygiene

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By Evangeline Murillo

Tea For Two

Thursday, February 27, 2014


IN OUR City which prides itself with "clean and green," hygiene has its place in Baguio's public toilet system. The biggest mall in the city emphasizes the use of recycled water in its rest rooms. Water for flushing is murky yellow and no matter how many times one flushes, the same colored water comes out, even cloudier and more questionable.

Perhaps, the murky yellow water can further be recycled and treated to bring back its natural crystal color. Often, the toilets don't even flush very well. To treat the public with respect means providing them with clean toilet facilities, containing clear water even for flushing.

The toilet area should be very clean and ... pretty ... this is not too difficult to achieve. To add, please provide the public with tissue paper and soap in all restrooms.

Doing business educates people towards practices that are good and accepted, not only in matters of economy but also in specific behaviours that constitute a culture of hygiene. Another feature to a mall's acceptability is the presence of chairs or sofas to relieve the customers' tired body doing the "shop till you drop" persuasion.

Institutions that are designed to serve the public through business should respect buyers by giving them the best services that make buying a boon rather than a bane. "Shop till you drop" defines every mall's assertive way of keeping people connected to its business. When customers shop, the business thrives. Business thrives when customers find the place conducive to buying ... clean and dry rest rooms, chairs and sofas to sit on and relax, eateries that are clean and with excellent cuisine, availability of good buys with reasonable prices... etc.

Other smaller malls have restrooms that are poorly designed , crowded and with wet floor areas, have funny prices listed at the entrance as what action the customer will do. Cost varies according to what one intends to do inside. Will you pee or...? Price varies. Holy cow. This practice is also seen in other areas outside Baguio. Please, correct these intrusive and ridiculous signs. I believe these are not what people deserve. We deserve clean restrooms with clean water, tissue and soap, dry and clean floors and impeccably clean toilet bowls.

Let the restrooms be wide and become truly a place for comfort and relief. All these educate Baguio's people regarding hygiene, especially the young who will carry these good practices well into their future and beyond.

For other business places, the restrooms contain graffiti, which are ignored by its managers and owners. No decent restroom should have graffiti written on its walls. For some places, cubicles don't even have locks so that when people use them, one hand is on the door to prevent intrusion. Worst, some restrooms don't even have water, and this is the greatest sin against hygiene!

The toilet is a place of comfort indeed. Each business outlet should have this in mind, and this goes true most especially for every school in Baguio. A place of learning must know how to educate its students on the culture of hygiene. Clean restrooms prevent the spread of contagious diseases. So, keep Baguio clean, it belongs to us!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 28, 2014.

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