Caloocan council to review 2007 ordinance on ‘dress code’

Published March 26, 2019, 10:34 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

A Caloocan City councilor clarified Tuesday morning that the city government is not implementing a part of an ordinance which prohibits the wearing of shorts in public places.

The City Ordinance 439 aims to enact a dress code and states certain clothes which cannot be worn in public places in Caloocan.

Councilor Rose Mercado said that the Section 4 (a) of the said order, which states a dress code and prohibits the wearing of shorts in public motor vehicles and pedicabs, is not “fully implemented” as its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) were not drafted.

However, she said that, there is an implementation of its Section 4 (b), which prohibits the vendors of wearing shorts in government places and the residents being half-naked in public.

The ordinance drew flak on Monday evening after it made the rounds online.

But Mercado clarified that the ordinance is not new as it was signed in 2007. Its main author was former city councilor and now Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary RJ Echiverri.

Mercado assured her constituents that the councilors of Caloocan will meet to discuss and update the said ordinance.

“We will study the possibility of allowing…but with an exemption in public places,” she said.