Filipinos urged to be more time-conscious PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 June 2013 17:16

The principal author of the Philippine Standard Time (PST) bill, which became a law and took effect on June 1 this year, is urging Filipinos to value time and be more conscious of it.

“Filipinos should value time because our mortal lives have time limits. Time is gold,” said re-elected Valenzuela City 2nd District Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo on Saturday.

His House Bill 164 was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III last May 15 as Republic Act 10535 (An Act To Set PST in All Official Sources Throughout the Country, 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).

Gunigundo expressed belief Filipinos will be more time-conscious, efficient and productive with enactment of RA 10535.

“With synchronization of time keeping devices, our nation will have symmetry, moving as one in economic, military, transportation, health, religious, cultural and other nation-building activities. The notoriety of Filipinos for being atrocious time managers will soon be a thing of the past. Like all other first-world countries, we shall value punctuality and practice the use of our time wisely to be more productive at home, school and the workplace,” he said.

A Deputy Majority Leader during the 15th Congress, Gunigundo thanked President Aquino for seeing importance of the PST bill and ultimately signing it into law.

“We thank President Aquino for supporting our proposal which will positively and greatly impact on the lives of Filipinos and the development of our nation,” said Gunigundo.

Gunigundo originally filed his PST bill during the 14th Congress as HB 6905 which the House managed to pass on third reading on November 16, 2009.

RA 10535 is a consolidation of Gunigundo’s HB 165 that he filed on July 1, 2010 and SB 3284 filed by senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Edgardo Angara and Antonio Trillanes IV on Sept. 19, 2012.

That law provides that all national and local government offices shall display the PST on their official time devices, including bundy clocks, in accordance with official time being provided by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) using its network time protocol.

All of these offices shall coordinate with PAGASA at least once a month to synchronize their official timepieces and devices.

It mandates PAGASA’s Time Service Unit, in coordination with Department of Science and Technology, to monitor, maintain and disseminate PST throughout the country.

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

It also provides that National Telecommunications Commission require participation of all government and private television and radio stations to ensure synchronization of timekeeping devices even in the most remote parts of the country.