Philippines – Marikina monument extols personal hygiene

At the very least, it makes people stop and stare. The unusual stone monument of a doctor standing 16 feet tall, washing the behind of a half-naked boy atop a toilet bowl, heralds a city’s successful sanitation and hygiene programs.The monument in front of the Palengke ng Marikina near city hall depicts the likeness of Dr. Isaac Eustaquio, the first Filipino to earn a Public Health degree from Harvard University in the United States.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando, a former mayor of Marikina and husband of incumbent Mayor Marides Fernando, said the statue reminds residents that the city is one of the cleanest in the country, where everyone values sanitation and personal hygiene.

Read MoreThe Philippine Star

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