MANILA - Will the connotation of “Filipino time” now change?
President Aquino has signed Republic Act 10535 that sets the Philippine Standard Time (PST), synchronizing the time of all government offices.
Aside from mandating national and local government offices to display the PST on their official time devices including bundy clocks, the law penalizes “owners of private television and radio stations who shall fail to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with the PST during their broadcast.”
Violating TV and radio station owners may be penalized with a fine of P30,000-P50,000 “and in the case of second offense, revocation and cancellation of their franchises to operate.”
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said it is the PAGASA that is mandated to set and maintain the PST.
“Lahat po ng ahensya ng pamahalaan ay minamandatuhan na sundan na po at gamitin ang Philippine Standard Time at sino po ‘yung susundan natin? Ang PAGASA,” Valte said.
“Sila po iyong naatasan na mag-set ‘nung network time protocol para po sa ating bansa. All government offices, agencies, instrumentalities, bureaus, shall now coordinate with the PAGASA once a month to synchronize official timepieces and devices.”
To know the PST, check out PAGASA’s website: www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph