METRO MANILA DRESS CODE TO BAN SANDO, SLIPPERS, TOPLESS  

Manila, March 9, 2003 - Claiming it aims to outlaw indecency in public places, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority plans a dress code for public places in Metro Manila.

A proposal has been submitted by the MMDA to the Metro Manila Council seeking to penalize "topless" people or anyone who will be caught roaming around in public places wearing filthy tattered clothes.

Fernando's proposed ordinance has been submitted to the Metro Manila Council (MMC) for approval for the mayors from 17 cities and municipalities of Metro Manila. The MMC is the policy and law- making body of the MMDA.

The proposal prevents the individuals from walking, jogging or running in public places and outside of his residence half naked or wearing clothing covering only the lower portion of the body without top apparel.

For market vendors and operators of stores, whether government-owned or privately owned, they must also follow a prescribed attire, such a T-shirt and pants for men; skirts and blouse for women, or any top apparel with sleeves.

Vendors in the wet section and eateries must also wear apron at all times. Shoes, sandals or step-in are also allowed, except for slippers (tsinelas).

Also being prohibited under the proposal is short shorts that covers only less than one-fourth of the lower torso and legs. Aside from this, sando, sleeveless shirt, sleepers and dirty tattered clothes are also banned under the proposal.

The proposal strictly imposes a fine of P500 for every violation or one-day community service.

"Such act of indecency reflects a place inhabited by undisciplined society with decaying moral and cultural values," Fernando said, adding such measure is in line with the MMDA's vision to create an atmosphere of decency and high moral standards among the residents.

Fernando said this resolution should serve as a model ordinance for other localities in Metro Manila to follow.

The MMDA has defined public places into open and covered places. Covered places include schools, churches, government and private offices, movie houses and restaurants.( By Ben Gines Jr., Tribune)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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