The Negros Occidental provincial government kicked off its 2021 Tourism Month Celebration with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson turning over a tourist restroom at the terminal area in Calatrava, Friday, September 10.
Also turned over were Safety Health Protocol Stickers for Accommodation Establishments and Tourism Offices in the First District of the province.
Responding to the needs of tourists in a province considered to be the second highest in terms of tourist arrival next to Aklan in Western Visayas, the provincial government through the Provincial Tourism Office in partnership with the Office of the Provincial Engineer built green tourist restrooms, funded under the 20 percent Provincial Development Fund, a press release from the Capitol said.
The restroom is considered to be a green building with provision of thermoplastic roofing for natural lighting, open transom windows for natural cross ventilation, clerestory roof design to dissipate solar heat gain, a green wall for improved indoor air quality and visual comfort.
The restroom has an area of 75 square meters, there are separate rooms for men and women, with about three cubicles and five urinals and 2 sinks for the male comfort room, while the female comfort room has five cubicles for its water closet and three sinks, plus provision for one water closet, railings and a sink for persons with disability and a space for tourist information, the press release said.
Project Coordinator is Engineer Larry Pio Ledesma with Architect Levi John Cayayan. Four more restrooms are expected to be finished this year in the towns of Salvador Benedicto and Hinigran, Victorias and Sipalay cities.
The activity was attended by municipal officials headed by Mayor Marilyn Era, Board Member Araceli Somosa – SP Chair Committee on Tourism, Rep. Gerardo Valmayor (Negros Occidental, 1st District), Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Provincial Tourism OIC Dr. Jennylind Cordero with the tourism officers of Toboso, Escalante City, Calatrava and San Carlos City.*