Lingayen- - -Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Alfonso Bince, Jr. and Danilo Uy have jointly filed measure that seeks to require owners of business establishments in Pangasinan to provide three separate restrooms for males, females and gays.
In seeking approval of the bill filed, Bince pointed out the necessity for specifically designated rest rooms to avoid confusion by the using public.
The proposed ordinance covers business establishments catering to the public such as banks, bus terminals, department stores, entertainment places, gasoline stations and groceries especially those operating 24 hours, hospitals, internet cafes and computer shops, lending firms, malls, pawnshops and restaurants.
The measure was already referred to the committees on children, women, senior citizens, family affairs and social welfare; and laws and ordinances. Public hearings prior to its passage will likewise be conducted.
Bince said that if passed, violators will be slapped with a fine of P1,000, P2,000 and P5,000 for the first, second and third offense, respectively.
BM Uy, on the other hand, clarified that the proposed ordinance will not be discriminatory in nature but an act that will protect the rights of the gay community.
Both local lawmakers were one in saying that it is time Pangasinan and its citizens become more aware of the rights of gays and respond to their needs.