Ordinance compels city hall employees to wear proper uniform and IDs

An amended city ordinance for the wearing of proper uniforms and use of IDs was approved by the city council and finally by Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week.

All officials and employees of the city government of Baguio should wear uniforms and use identification cards and name plates when reporting for work, the ordinance states.

Provisions of an earlier ordinance was “painstakingly” reviewed by administrative personnel of the different offices of city hall, and recommended the passage of …provisions… and dress code…” with fruition in Ordinance 14, series of 2017, it was known.

There are exemptions however for employees to use protective clothing during inclement weather; storms and strong rains. Drivers, field workers, maintenance employees, revenue collection clerks, health and services employees, and those from the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD), and rescuers under the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee should also wear uniforms appropriate to their work, and as prescribed by the uniform committee.

Other exemptions are: the religious affiliations or any legitimate practice by the employee requiring him to wear a particular clothing; physical disability/ies and other legitimate health reasons, pregnant employees; those in the mourning period; newly-hired employees; and other analogous circumstances.

Prescribed uniforms are good for two consecutive years.

During no-uniform days, appropriate attire should be used, with consideration as to jeans, paired with collared shirt or blouse for employees.

Prohibitions were set for ripped or tattered jeans, tightfitting, flimsy, transparent clothes, sando, strapless, tank-tops, blouses with over-plunging necklines, micro-mini skirt, walking and cycling shorts, leggings, tights and jogging pants, and rubber sandals, slippers or bakya.

Ostentations display of jewelry, except during special and official celebrations, and use of heavy or theatrical make-up is also prohibited.

Violators of the ordinance would be subject to written warning, reprimand, suspension without pay and dismissal from office, for first up to fifth offense, and final offense.

The city human resource office monitors the employees through their department heads, with a monthly report of violators. – juliegfianza