The Tourism Ministry yesterday launched a campaign to install at least two public toilets in each city and district across the nation in a bid to compete in regional clean city contests.
The goal of the public toilet installations is to have the country compete in the second Clean City Contest and the first Asean Public Toilet Standard in Vietnam in early 2019, the ministry said.
Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said while launching the campaign at the Sokha Hotel that public toilets were important for green living and tourism.
“I would like to encourage the cities and districts to arrange implement the Cambodian Clean-Up campaign with the preparation of public toilets to improve the cleanliness of our towns in order to enter the second Clean City contest,” he said.
Mr Khon asked the private sector and sub-national administrations to actively participate in setting up public toilets to improve sanitation and welcome an expected increase of international tourists.
Sang Piseth, director of the Phnom Penh public works and transportation department, said the city had some public toilets, but not enough and not of a high standard.
According to Mr Piseth, Phnom Penh has 67 public parks to welcome national and international tourists, so putting public toilets on those sites was imperative.
Av Rithy, a Phnom Penh resident, supported the campaign and said that it was important for the city to keep them clean after installation.
“I hope the city maintains them,” he said. “Because the ones here already break down after a few months of neglect.”