‘Quality of public toilets need to be improved’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

AN OFFICIAL yesterday underscored the importance of enhancing substantive collaborative efforts among the related parties to promote the quality of public toilets in the country.

This was said by Mariani Hj Sabtu, acting director of Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR), on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the three-day workshop on ASEAN Public Toilet Standards Auditors Training held by the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) in the capital yesterday.

She said that it is not only about to ensure the public toilets are well-maintained by operators, but also to implement systematic approach to improve the skills and capacity of public toilet auditors.She said that other ASEAN countries have already established their public toilet auditors. “That is why we need to collaborate and help the relevant agencies to use the ASEAN platform to help Brunei to develop its (public toilet) auditors,” she said, adding that the auditors are not just the government agencies as the authority but should also (involve) private sector.

The third phase for the development of ASEAN standards for public toilets, under the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015, participants comprised officials from ASEAN countries, representatives from Brunei government-related agencies and private sectors.

The APTS Auditor Training’ workshop essentially aims to educate the participants on auditing procedures and processes on the standards and Auditor Checklist, which were already rectified during the ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting (M-ATM) in Kuching, Sarawak last January.

Trainees yesterday covered the theoretical basis of auditing, followed by today’s site visits around the Sultanate as part of the practical training and assessment of public toilets.

Upon completion of the training, any potential amendments on public toilet standard audits are presented to the World Toilet Organisation for further finalisation of the audits.

By working alongside experts from the World Toilet Organisation, the workshop aimed to improve the examination methods for public toilets and produce “auditor” trainees from fellow ASEAN countries.

Ultimately assuring visitors of public toilets around ASEAN countries for better quality standards and the cleanliness of public toilets are met.

However, acting director of Tourism Development Department reminded that the public also have a part to play in keeping toilets clean.

In addition to that, public education pertaining to maintaining safe and hygienic should also be done to improve the quality of public toilet.

“We need to refine-tune our approach in a manner that much more synchronised, systematic so it will have widespread impact,’’ Mariani said, referring to collaborative efforts in promoting quality public toilets.

Sharing her views on the public toilet maintenance in the Sultanate, she said that there have been improvements, though some areas are really needed attention and properly cleaned up.

“I think we have created awareness among the operators such as to ensure the sanitary of the public toilets,”’ she said.

She went on to say that various tourist destinations in the country have maintained the standards of public toilet cleanliness. “Some (public toilets) are may be old places but they are clean,” she said, adding that public education on maintaining safe and hygienic public toilets needs to be enhanced.

Tourism Development Department is the lead coordinator for the development of ASEAN Public Toilet Standards. Hosted by the Tourism Development Department, the three-day training provides the trainees with the knowledge and skills required to understand how an audit of public toilets is performed against the ASEAN Public Toilet Standard. The course is the third phase under the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

The Brunei Times