TABUK CITY, Kalinga – A proposed ordinance prohibiting being half-naked or going topless in public have been approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on second reading during their regular session today, November 15.
Sponsored by Councilor Kristian Wandag, the proposed measure aims to deter individuals, especially men, from the habit of removing their tops when out in public.
“It is just fitting and proper for people of all ages to give courtesy and respect as well as observe proper decorum wherever they may be,” Wandag stated.
The proposed ordinance makes exemptions for participants of activities, shows, and events authorized by the city government or other local government agencies or offices in the city; indigenous people wearing ethnic clothes; emergencies; swimming in public swimming pools, rivers, and other swimming areas, and playing sports.
During the deliberations, SP members expanded the exemptions to include farmers when working in the fields, among others.
Wandag is also considering adding a provision of sharing fifty percent of the collected fines with the barangay council for implementing the measure.
The ordinance proposes reprimanding violators on first offense and imposing fines of up to PhP 1,000 and eight hours of community service for repeat offenses.