28 out of 58 public toilets get thumbs up

Hakim Hayat

An audit carried out by the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) on the cleanliness of 58 public toilets last year saw 28 of them rated Grade A and B while 30 were rated Grade C and below, according to the ministry’s press release yesterday.

The audit is part of the ministry’s continuous drive in ensuring the hygiene of public toilets in the country, especially those frequented by tourists and visitors.

The four categories of the audit and scoring based on the Audit Checklist of ASEAN Public Toilet Standard were: Design and Environmental Management System; Amenities and Facilities; Cleanliness; and Safety.

The ministry conducted a training on the ‘Role of Clean and Hygienic Public Toilets in the Tourism Industry of Brunei Darussalam’ in a joint collaboration with the SEAMEO Voctech (SV) Regional Centre from February 8 to 9.

The training was aimed at inculcating awareness on public toilet cleanliness and effective ways of cleaning.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the MPRT Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali in a group photo with participants and facilitator. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the MPRT Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali along with 16 individuals comprising managers and supervisors of eight restaurants in the country were present.

SV’s Training and Professional Development Manager Noorhayati Cynthia binti Abdullah facilitated the training.

The training featured best practices in effective cleaning steps to ensure clean, hygienic and safe public toilets, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants learned effective toilet management as well as water and waste management by using the right utensils, and providing the right facilities and enough manpower.

The participants also visited Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Shopping Complex and the Brunei International Airport, where both premises’ public toilets were rated Grade A.

Similar training will be conducted in the future not just for restaurants, but also other places such as beaches, malls, control posts, markets and stalls.

Cleanliness, safety and comfortability of tourists are among the Tourism Development Department’s strategic goals portraying Brunei as peaceful, clean and well-preserved.