Back in the day, maybe during the times of our fathers and mothers, Filipinos showed respect for certain occasions like Sunday mass, or dinner, guided by the phrase, "dress for the occasion". Visiting government offices was not an exemption, as people back in the day dressed smartly to present the best of themselves. Perhaps due to recent trends in fashion, people are now wearing just about anything when going to church or, in this case, transacting with a government office.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has reiterated today their dress code policy for anyone who will be transacting with any of their offices around the country. The lead implementing office for traffic and enforcement has cited a memorandum dated July 1, 2005 that outlines the proper dress code for anyone who will be transacting with their offices.
On a post from their official social media page, the LTO has said the following should be observed:
For male drivers or motorcycle riders, it is prescribed to wear a polo shirt, jeans, and presentable shoes. Wearing t-shirts with long or short sleeves is also allowed. Wearing of sando, shorts and any type of slippers are prohibited.
For female drivers and motorcycle riders, the LTO has prescribed to wear a polo-type shirt for females, jeans or slacks and presentable shoes. Wearing t-shirts with short or long sleeves are also allowed. Sandos, tube, tank tops and sleeveless or any “revealing” type of clothing is strictly not allowed. Slippers are also not allowed as a type of footwear for ladies.
Some netizens still raised questions after seeing this post by the LTO: “why do we need to dress like this? We are not applying for a job anyway.” It is pretty straight-forward, actually. We as drivers and motorcycle riders are transacting with a government office, which should be respected, and at all times requires the observance of proper decorum.