The dress code of Caloocan City will be reviewing their dress code ordinance. This is on the heels of a complaint filed by a woman wearing “short shorts” who was accosted. Mayor Oscar Malapitan stated this during a radio interview recently.
GMA News initially reported the woman’s case. She was accosted by a policeman and issued an ordinance violation receipt. It was a ticket for the “short shorts” she was wearing.
Initially, the woman thought it was over not wearing a face mask while outdoors. She was summoned by Malapitan to city hall to see if she wanted to file a complaint. The officer will be under investigation for not apprehending her for the face mask violation.
According to the Mayor, the city council will be asked to review City Ordinance 0439. It was enacted in 2007, prescribing what residents wear in public spaces.
“If it has to be repealed, I will ask [the council] to repeal” said ordinance, he went on to tell dzRH. According to Malapitan, the ordinance was meant for people who wear shorts that “almost reveal the underwear.”
“Short shorts” are defined in the ordinance as “trousers covering less than one-fourth of the lower torso and legs.” Malapitan said he’d seen the photo, however, and found the shorts “quite long.”
As long as the ordinance is not amended or repealed, it would still be in effect, Caloocan City administrator Oliver Hernandez told dzBB.
The dress code ordinance requires residents to be “properly and decently attired.” This includes preventing market vendors from being half-naked and wearing shorts, short shorts, sando, sleeveless shirts or blouses, tattered or dirty clothes, and slippers.