Caloocan Mayor clarifies ‘dress code’ ordinance does not prohibit wearing of shorts

By MB Online

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan on Wednesday clarified that the ordinance enacting a dress code in public places only seeks residents to be “decently attired”, but are not prohibited to wear shorts.

Malapitan clarified that the Ordinance 439 or Caloocan City Dress Code in Public Places — a measure giving residents guidelines on “appropriate and acceptable” clothing – was not approved during his term.

He said that the measure was authored by former city councilor and now Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary RJ Echiverri.

A woman wearing short shorts stands along Sangandaan, Caloocan City as she waits for a ride, March 26 2019. According to the Caloocan City Ordinance 0439, women wearing short shorts  and men not wearing a top while in public places are not allowed. A warning will be issued on the first offense, fine of P500 on the second offense and P1000 on the third offense. Failure to pay the fine will result in community service. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)
A woman wearing short shorts stands along Sangandaan, Caloocan City as she waits for a ride, March 26 2019. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)

“For me, I really want the ordinance to be repealed as I stand for equal rights to freedom and I believe that all women should be respected no matter what they wear,” Mayor Oca said.

The City Mayor said that he already ordered the city councilors to review the said ordinance.

Malapitan also encouraged victims of sexual harassment to stand up for themselves and report to the police.

READ MORE: Caloocan council to review 2007 ordinance on ‘dress code’

 
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