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CITY SANITATION CODE UPDATED

Time’s up for ‘tabo’? Bidet now a must in Angeles

/ 05:38 AM June 27, 2019

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Philippines — It’s about time you ditch the “tabo” (dipper) for the bidet.

A bidet has become a must for toilets in commercial and business establishments in this city after the council approved amendments to the municipal sanitation code during its last regular session on June 25.

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Outgoing Councilor Edgardo Pamintuan Jr. introduced the provision calling for the shift to bidet, a plumbing fixture considered to be a hygienic substitute for toilet paper.

His father, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, signed the amended ordinance on Wednesday, describing it as “great news,” especially for people who frequent the toilets.

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“The availability of access to a bidet helps in making sure the city is clean,” the mayor said.

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The mandatory installation of bidets is stated in two chapters and four sections of Ordinance No. 326. It does not say if the bidet must be manual or electronic.

But a number of hotels and restaurants in the city have already built toilets fitted with bidets years ahead of the amended ordinance.

A big hardware store here says bidets are among its bestsellers.

Angeles’ population of about 400,000 balloons to a million at night, drawn by tourist destinations like Fields Avenue where a rest and recreation industry boomed during the time it hosted the Clark Air Base of the United States until 1991.

Twenty-six percent of the 100.98 million Filipinos did not have clean and safe toilets, the Department of Health said in a 2015 report.

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It said 74 percent of the population had real toilets while 26 percent, or at least 26 million, used makeshift toilets.

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