CALOOCAN CITY - An official from the Caloocan City government clarified an ordinance which prohibits the wearing of shorts in public places is not yet in place, the Manila Bulletin reported.
Enacted in 2007, City Ordinance 439, or the Caloocan City Dress Code in Public Places, bans wearing of shorts in public motor vehicles and pedicabs.
“Persons must be properly and decently attired while moving about in public places within the city,” the ordinance reads.
According to Caloocan City Councilor Rose Mercado, Section 4 (b) of that local decree is not “fully implemented” as its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were not drafted.
However, vendors are not allowed to wear shorts in government places and the residents should not be half-naked in public.
But Mercado assured the city council will discuss the ordinance, crafted by former city councilor and now Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary RJ Echiverri, and update the said order.
“We will study the possibility of allowing…but with an exemption in public places,” she added.
Netizens earlier lambasted the local government for the piece of law as it promoted victim-blaming and that revealing clothing could lead to women being abused.