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Philippine Standard Time to counter “Filipino Time”

by FFE PH News Staff




The notorious Filipino Time is said to originate during the Spanish period where the Spaniards used to ask Filipino guests, who are considered only as second citizens after the Spanish mestizos and conquistadors, to arrive late in gatherings so that the high officials will be served first during meals. Arriving late into events then became a habit of some Filipinos even centuries later.


But a law officially implemented last 20 December called Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013 will hopefully put an end to the notorious habit of many Filipinos.


Signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III last 15 May, and is informally called Juan Time, the PST law requires the display of the PST in:


  • All government agencies and offices
  • Government and private television and radio stations
  • All key public places including airports, seaports, and expressways


The law, will fine private television and radio owners up to P50,000 who fails to synchronize their time with the PST.


The law also allocates funds for the installation and maintenance of synchronized clocks in the said places and make first week of every year as National Time Consciousness Week.


It was last 2011 that the Department of Science and Techonology (DOST) proposed to synchronize time nationwide in hopes to solve the tardiness of Filipinos.


The PST is determined through a rubidium atomic clock installed by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).




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