DOST conducts consultation on PHL Standard Time PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 November 2013 11:59

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has conducted a public consultation on the Philippine Standard Time (PhST) last Tuesday morning at a hotel in Pagadian City.

his was the third and last public consultation to craft the implementing rules and regulation for RA 10535 or known as the Philippine Standard Time Act of 2013 signed by President Benigno Aquino III on May 15, 2013. Similar consultations were also conducted in Cebu and Quezon City.

DOST Assistant Secretary Raymund E. Liboro said in an interview that “time, yun ang nagpapatakbo ng buhay natin, all aspects of life, lahat controlado ng oras.”

The new law is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3284 and House Bill No. 164 that was enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 4, 2013.

The Act mandates all national and local government offices to display Philippine Standard Time on their official time devices, including bundy clocks, in accordance with the official time provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In addition, this will also synchronize the military clock, stock exchange, celebration such as New Year and other cultural celebrations, and to show that Filipino are conscious of time.

Owners of private television and radio stations who shall fail to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with the Philippine Standard Time during their broadcast shall, upon hearing and due proceedings, be penalized with a fine of not less than P30,000 but not more than P50,000 in the first offense. A subsequent offense will merit a revocation and cancellation of their franchises to operate.

The fine to be collected as penalty for the violation of this Act shall be deposited in the general fund of the National Treasury.

The public consultation was participated by media coming from the print, television, and radio from Region 9.

Meanwhile, after the public consultation, media men were also informed on PAGASA services, basic meteorology, Project NOAH - or Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards as a tool in National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, PAGASA flood forecasting and warning system, Philippine climate and change, astronomical services, science and technology laws enacted during the 15th congress and role of media in Disaster Risk Reduction Management.

Liboro stressed the importance of media “Kami source lamang ng impormasyon kayo ang nagsasabi sa public. Napakahalaga kung paano niyo ibahagi ang pagtaya ng tamang lagay ng panahon sa publiko.” — R.G. A A. Go