“AN ACT PROVIDING FOR DIAPER CHANGING STATIONS IN RESTROOMS OF ALL MAJOR ESTABLISHMENTS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES.”
The late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago filed Senate Bill 2704, which requires all major establishments such as malls, theaters, convention centers and government offices to provide diaper-changing stations in restrooms.
A diaper changing station shall mean an area where a parent can change the diapers of their child, the measure read, adding that it shall be able to accommodate at least a 20-pound child and shall have a trash bin for the disposal of diapers.
Santiago cited the need to promote the general welfare of the public as well as the mandate of the government to protect and promote the right to health and instill health consciousness among them.
She noted that most establishments do not have diaper-changing tables, while those that do have diaper-changing stations are located in women’s restrooms only.
If this bill passed into law, major establishments that fail to comply with the provisions within a year of enactment shall be meted with a warning. Major establishments that would fail to comply six months after the issued warning shall be fined P2,000 for every succeeding month until compliance is made.