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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
PRIVATE television and radio stations may be penalized if they do not follow the Philippine Standard Time (PST) in their broadcast operations.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) gave the warning to TV and radio station owners during a seminar-workshop for Cebu media practitioners yesterday.
The DOST said Republic Act 10535, or the Philippine Standard Time Act, named the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), an agency under the DOST, as the country’s official timekeeper.
TV and radio stations that fail to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with PST, resulting in wrong broadcast of time, will be fined from P30,000 to P50,000 for the first offense. For subsequent offenses, a TV or radio station may lose its franchise to operate.
The law also mandates the National Telecommunications Commission to require the participation of all government and private TV and radio stations in the country to ensure that the synchronization of timekeeping devices even in remote areas.
The law allows a deviation of five seconds to the PST.
Pagasa 7 Director Oscar Tabada distributed copies of the law to broadcast media practitioners.
The seminar on the PST is among the activities during the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) Cebu Chapter’s celebration of Broadcasters' Month.
The public can access the PST through the Pagasa website.
The PST is also the basis for all public timekeeping devices.
Any government employee or officer responsible for the implementation of RA 10535 who fails to calibrate and synchronize his agency’s timekeeping devices with the PST can be held administratively and criminally liable.
Mario Garcia, a radio personality from Manila, said broadcasters must give the accurate time.
In his talk during the seminar-workshop, Garcia urged broadcasters to set a good example. “Some broadcasters criticize government officials for receiving kickbacks from projects but they also accept envelops with cash from their sources,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2013.