When I received the invitation to cover the KubetaPh Awards I was frankly amused. Kubeta, restrooms, CR, toilet, banjo, kasilyas, loo whatever you call it is pretty much a subject that does not come up in common conversations unless you get the call of nature. You must admit, it is an essential part of our everyday ritual. I must admit I am critical of places that have atrocious toilet facilities. I think a dirty toilet reflects badly on the establishment.
I am so glad that Maynilad Water came up this interesting award. Maynilad’s Golden Kubeta Awards is an awareness and education campaign that seeks to bring the conversation about proper wastewater management to the mainstream. It also envisions clean and comfortable public restrooms in establishments, regardless of type and industry, all over the country.
The awards ceremony was held today at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines Diliman, coinciding with the celebration of World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day. Yes, you heard it right. There is a day that put emphasis on toilets and aims to emphasize the need for safe toilets for all by 2030 – one of the objectives stated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal No. 6: Sanitation and Water.
400 nominees were then narrowed down based on the current state of their comfort rooms, as well as interviews with the establishments to answer the question why they believe they should be among the Golden Kubeta awardees for this year.
From 400 they weeded the list down to 14 finalists sent in by social media users via Facebook from the start of the year to the beginning of November.
The following criteria were used for the nomination and final judging:
Functionality – e.g. basic features such as working flush and faucet
Aesthetics – look of the comfort rooms
Overall comfort – e.g. space, ventilation, accessibility, etc.
Amenities – e.g. soap, hand dryer, toilet paper, bidet, etc.