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DOST: Philippine Standard Time offers socio-economic benefits

Synchronizing all timepieces in the country with Philippine Standard Time (PST) will yield social and economic benefits, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).


“Nationwide PST adoption will promote punctuality, proper time management, efficiency and productivity among Filipinos,” said Dr. Vicente B. Malano, Administrator, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), an attached DOST agency.


Republic Act 10535 (a.ka. Philippine Standard Time Act of 2013) mandates all national and local government offices to display PST on their official time devices, including bundy clocks, in accordance with the official time provided by PAGASA, the official timekeeper of the Philippines since 1978.


All government offices are tasked to coordinate, at least once a month, with PAGASA to synchronize their official timepieces and devices. R.A. 10535 also declared every first week of January as National Time Consciousness Week.


Synchronize time with PST

Malano urged all government and private-sector employees to synchronize their timepieces with PST and strive to meet deadlines and keep schedules in order to deliver services efficiently.


“If all Filipinos were to be time conscious, we could generate more income, save more lives, build better careers, and have successful lives,” said Mr. Richard P. Burgos, Director, DOST Science Technology Information Institute (STII).


R.A. 10535 tasked the PAGASA Time Service Unit to coordinate with the DOST to monitor, maintain and disseminate the PST throughout the country.


PAGASA operates and maintain a timekeeping system to perform these functions and is working to install and maintain sufficiently large and prominently displayed synchronized time devices in all their field stations and in key public places.


In accordance with the law, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) requires all government and private television and radio stations to display and broadcast PST in order to ensure the synchronization of timekeeping devices even in the most remote parts of the country. (TapatNews/Eric Michael Santos)

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