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'Standard time' aimed at solving 'Filipino time'

By Alexander Villafania
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 02:29:00 10/20/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Laws

MANILA, Philippines ? Convinced that the meaning of ?Filipino time? should be changed, Senator Edgardo Angara is pushing for a legislation that will put a Philippine Standard Time (PST) to be followed as official time.

Senate Bill 3479 will have all clocks in all government agencies, private firms, homes and schools to follow the official time set by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pagasa will also have large, synchronized time devices in all of their field offices across the country, to be followed by everyone.

But more than just getting Filipinos to follow one clock only, Angara explained that the purpose of the PST is to make Filipinos adapt a culture of punctuality.

?Filipinos have often been accused of tardiness, that anything we do is always delayed and we never follow schedules on time. We should start dispelling that by making the change ourselves and breeding a new culture of promptness,? according to Angara, who also heads the Congressional Committee on Science, Technology and Engineering (COMSTE).

Angara also said that European countries follow a standard time in all of their areas, thus making them effective in synchronizing their activities together.

The Philippines sits within 13 degrees 00 North, 122 degrees 00 East. It is +8 hours from the coordinated universal time.



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