Can new law change 'Filipino time'?

"Filipino time" may soon no longer refer to Pinoys' habit of being late.

This, after President Benigno Aquino III signed a law that sets the Philippine Standard Time (PST) to be followed by all government offices.

Republic Act 10535 requires all national and local government offices to display the PST in their official time devices, including bundy clocks used by employees.

State weather bureau Pagasa's Time Service Unit, will "monitor, maintain and disseminate the PST throughout the country," the law says.

The Philippine Standard Time will also be available online through Pagasa's website.

The new law also mandates the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to require state-run and private television and radio networks to use and disseminate the PST.

Broadcast networks can help "ensure the synchronization of timekeeping devices can be undertaken even in the most remote parts of the country," the law noted.

Owners of private TV and radio stations which fail to calibrate and synchronized their time with the PST during broadcast will also face sanctions.

A fine of up to P50,000 may be imposed under the new law, which added that violators' franchises to operate may be revoked or cancelled on second offense.


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