QC councilor wants free pee for elderly
Quezon City’s old and disabled folks should get to pee for free.
A city councilor wants to ban the practice of some stores which charge senior citizens and persons with disabilities for a fee when they use their toilets.
Alexis Herrera said the elderly are sometimes forced to look for “free” toilets because certain establishments require them to pay first before peeing.
“The senior citizens and persons with disability are at a great disadvantage since they are less mobile and capable of walking further in order to respond to the call of nature,” he said in his proposed measure.
His two-page proposed ordinance aims to outlaw the collection of fees from the elderly and disabled for the use of toilets, public or private.
A senior resident only needs to present his identification card from the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs to the attendant of any establishment in the city which requires people to pay for the use of its toilet.
For persons with disability, they can inform the attendant they wish to use the toilet so that they can be helped.
Herrera said all establishments and restrooms will be required to put up a sign which should read: “Senior citizens of Quezon City and persons with disability free of charge” lest they face a P5,000 fine.