Beng backs ‘Juan Time’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 17:32

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco has expressed all out support to the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “Juan Time” campaign launched recently and intended to promote time-consciousness among Filipinos.

Climaco said a pending law which she co-authored setting the Philippine Standard Time (PST) in all official sources throughout the country, will definitely reinforce the implementation of ‘Juan Time’, once enacted into law.

The law referred to is House Bill No. 164 which was approved on third reading in the House of Representatives last July 27, 2010 and is now pending before the Senate for final approval and consequent enactment.

The bill is entitled ‘An Act to set the Philippine Standard Time (PST) in all official sources throughout the country and to provide funds for the installation, operation and maintenance of synchronized time devices to be displayed in key public places and to declare the first week of every year as “National Time Consciousness Week”.

The bill, co-authored by Representatives Magtanggol Gunigundo, Climaco, Marlyn Legaspi Primicias-Agabas, Victorino Dennis Macalinao Socrates, Cresente Paez, Rachel Marguerite Borromeo Del Mar and Angelo Palmones is known as the Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2010.

As a member of the City Council in 2004, Cong. Climaco filed the resolution setting the PST in Zamboanga City but was not successful in having it approved. In the 14th Congress, she filed the same but was archived, in the 15th Congress, together with Rep. Gunigundo, she prioritized PST and successfully passed it on third reading. It
was submitted to the Senate to the Senate in March 2011.

Now that the DOST launched Juan Time, Climaco stressed that she fully supports the campaign “and once the bill will be enacted into law, this will reinforce the implementation of this program”.

The DOST launched “Juan Time” recently aimed at promoting the nationwide use of PST. Juan time is a word play on “One Time” with “Juan” being the common name for Filipinos.  — Marvin Segura