We’ve all heard of the expression “Sunday’s Best”, correct? While it may not be just for those who’d go to church, it simply means dressing appropriately for specific occasions. While the Land Transportation Office doesn’t have offices open on Sunday, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to dress up when we deal with them through the rest of the week, though.

Very recently, the LTO has reiterated that they have a dress code policy in place. Having been in place since July 1, 2005, the LTO memorandum outlines the proper dress code for anyone who will be transacting with their offices. Take note that the dress codes seen below apply to and for all branches of LTO, main offices and satellites alike.

Observe proper, decent attire when dealing with LTO image

For male motorists, sleeveless shirts, also known as sandos, are strictly not allowed. Bare minimum attire to be attended to will be a short-sleeved shirt and jeans; yes, shorts are not allowed, either. Neither is open footwear, in fact. Slippers are not considered proper attire, so only those wearing closed shoes will be entertained by the LTO.

Observe proper, decent attire when dealing with LTO image

As for the ladies, the same rules pretty much apply. Sleeveless shirts, tank tops, and tube tops are grounds to not be accommodated. Sleeved upper garments, jeans, and closed shoes are also the only items deemed appropriate. Do note as well that though skirts were not labeled as “inappropriate”, jeans and slacks are the safest items to wear.

As many would have expected, the LTO’s posting this as a reminder on their social media accounts raised a good number of questions, and resistance as well. Most of the comments would point towards the existence of the said policy, and why dressing up is ground for not being entertained. But really, the answer is very simple: the LTO is a government office. Given that fact, proper decorum should be observed, not just with the way we interact with government officials, but in how we dress and present ourselves as well.