Summer reminder: No shirtless, short shorts in Caloocan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2019   •   3728

MANILA, Philippines — As the summer heat rises, people tend to wear less. Some women prefer to wear shorts while men would wear undershirts or just go shirtless.

But in Caloocan City, an ordinance released in 2017 prescribes a dress code for its residents.

The City Ordinance no.0439 prohibits women from wearing short shorts and men from wearing an undershirt or going topless in public.

Several residents like Leticia Yzon is in favor of the ordinance. She said revealing clothes are not a good look.

“Gandang-ganda sila sa sarili nila pero hindi nila napupuna pangit tignan. Kung masusunod iyong ayos na pananamit, mas maganda. Iyong lumabas na halos lahat ng kaluluwa, napakapangit tignan, (They think it looks pretty but it isn’t. It is better to have a dress code. Revealing clothes do not look good)” she said.

Joni Abucayo, another resident, said wearing shorts is okay as long as it is the proper length.

“Mas maganda po talaga parang gaya noong panahon noong araw na mahaba mga short at damit, (It was better during the old days when shorts and dresses were longer)” he said.

For coconut vendor, Willie Gaspar, it is better for men to wear shirts instead of sando or undershirt because it looks more decent.

Student Jessa Avila is also in favor of the ordinance. She said it is also a form of preventive measure against sexual harassment or rape. She also wants fair treatment of all genders under the ordinance.

“Para maging fair na rin po dapat kung ano ang ipinagbabawal sa mga babae, ganoon na rin po para sa mga lalake, (To be fair, if women are banned from wearing something, men should also be subject to same restrictions)” she said.

Violators of the ordinance will be reprimanded for the first offense but they will have to pay a fine if they are already under second (P500) and third offense (P1,000).

According to barangay 120 chairman Antonio Duran, even though the ordinance has been in existence since 2007, they still need to remind residents about it.

“Sundin natin ang batas kahit sobrang init pa iyan. Gawa tayo ng paraan para hindi tayo makalabag, ( Just follow the law despite the heat. Let’s just think of other ways to avoid breaking the law)” he said. —Aileen Cerrudo

Caloocan LGU, oobligahing magsuot ng monitoring device ang mga naka-home quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   September 7, 2020

May ipatutupad na hakbang ang pamahalaang lungsod ng Caloocan para maiwasang gumala at higit na mabantayan ang mga kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sa kanilang lugar.

Ayon kay Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, ang pagsusuot ng quarantine wristbands o Q-bands ang naisip nilang solusyon upang mabantayan ang COVID-19 patients na sumasailalim sa home quarantine pati na ang kanilang mga nakakasalamuha.

Ang Q-bands aniya ay isusuot pagkatapos nilang magpa-swab test.

Hindi ito maaaring tanggalin habang naghihintay ng resulta ng kanilang test at habang sumasailalim sa 14-araw na quarantine sa bahay.

“Pagkatapos na ng ma-swab habang nag-aantay ng result ay kakabitan na namin ito pati close contacts nila para sa ganoon, namo-monitor namin kung talagang sinusunod nila yung health protocol, yung self-quarantine. Para sa ganoon, nakikita namin kung lumalabas sila ng bahay o hindi,” ani Malapitan.

Pagkasuot ng Q-band, i-download ang mobile application na kailangan para i-scan ang code na nasa wristband dalawang beses kada araw upang mamonitor ang kinaroroonan ng may suot nito.

Kung wala namang smartphone, ang mga tauhan ng Barangay Health and Emergency Response Team ang pupunta sa bahay ng mga naka-quarantine.

Babala ng lokal na pamahalaan, may katapat na parusa ang mga lalabag sa nasabing panuntunan.

Ngayong linggo nakatakdang ipatupad ang hakbang sa lungsod.

Una nang nilinaw ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) na pinapayagan pa rin naman ang pagsasagawa ng home quarantine para sa COVID-19 patients kung may kaukulang pasilidad sa bahay.

Dapat ay may kuwarto na may sariling palikuran sa isang bahay upang hindi na lalabas ang pasyenteng may COVID-19 habang naka-home quarantine.

Kailangan ding wala silang kasama sa bahay na kabilang sa mga itinuturing na vulnerable individuals sa COVID-19 gaya ng senior citizens.

Kung hindi masusunod ang mga kondisyong ito ay obligadong ilipat sa quarantine center ang pasyente upang masegurong nabibigyan ito ng karamptang atensiyong medikal. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Hospital in Caloocan City on one-week lockdown after frontliners contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Caloocan City Medical Center-South will go on a seven-day lockdown after several medical staff tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The temporary closure of the facility, including its emergency room, will start at 12:00 noon on Friday (July 17) until 12:00 noon on Thursday (July 23). 

In a statement, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan said the infected frontliners, which includes several nurses and medical technologists, are already undergoing quarantine while the city health office is conducting an intensified contact tracing to individuals who had interaction with them.

While on lockdown, the CCMC assures to attend to the medical needs of all patients admitted in the facility.

Also, the center’s out-patient service located at the Old City Hall Plaza and the Caloocan City North Medical Center (CCNMC) will remain open. 

Malapitan, meanwhile, announced that the CCMC has already reached ‘overflowing capacity’ for COVID-19 patients

Kaya naman, hinihikayat natin ang publiko na dalhin ang mga positibo o suspected Covid-19 patients sa ibang ospital para sa agarang lunas (That is why we urge the public to bring positive or suspected COVID-19 patients to other hospitals for immediate treatment),” the Mayor appealed.

STATEMENT OF MAYOR OCA MALAPITAN RE NUMBER OF INFECTED MEDICAL FRONTLINERS AND TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CCMCIkinalulungkot…

Posted by Mayor Oscar "OCA" Malapitan on Thursday, 16 July 2020

Lockdown in Barangay 8, Caloocan City starts June 4

Marje Pelayo   •   June 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines —Three areas in Barangay 8, Caloocan City will be placed under lockdown for seven days following an increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area.

The lockdown will start on Thursday (June 4) at 11:55 pm until 11:59 pm of the following Thursday (June 11).

The areas to be locked down are the following:

  • Salmon
  • Sapang-Saging
  • TUPDA

On its Facebook page, the local government unit of Barangay 8 advised residents to prepare all essentials until the evening of Thursday as no one will be allowed to leave the house on the duration of the seven days lockdown. 

As of Wednesday, Barangay 8 recorded a total of 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

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