LAMUT, Ifugao -- Going half-naked or shirtless in public places is now prohibited with the approved “Anti-Ussub” (naked) ordinance.

Lamut, as the gateway municipality of the province, according to the ordinance must set an example of orderliness, propriety and decency.

“The Sangguniang Bayan recognizes the need to bring about an atmosphere of decency to uphold higher morals and standards among the residents of the municipality,” the ordinance stated.

It has been observed some people still roam around in public places oftentimes shirtless or half-naked.

It will be unlawful for a half-naked or topless individual to drive any motorized or mechanical mode of transportation, walk or roam around national highway, enter offices and in attending or during public and social gatherings or programs except during cultural, government activities and traditional practices involving the wearing of the native attire.

Any person apprehended for violating the ordinance will be penalized with P500 or eight hours community service; P1,000 for second offense; P1,500 for third offense and P2,500 or imprisonment of not more than 10 days upon the discretion of the court or both. (Marcelo Lihgawon/PIA–CAR)