Some offices unaware of PST Law

SOME private companies and government offices in Cagayan de Oro City are unaware of the new law on the Philippine standard time (PST) that President Benigno Aquino III signed on Thursday since a memorandum hasn’t been circulated yet.

Some government offices here have already read about the new law in the papers, but confirmed they have not yet received any memo.

Orlando Ravanera, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) regional director, admitted that his office hasn’t set its clock to a standard time.

He said the time set for the time cards follow the radio stations and television networks’ time.

Ravanera said: “It is good that Aquino has set a standard time for us to officially follow.”

He said that once he will receive the memo from the higher office, he will immediately set the time to synchronize it with other government offices.

Jorie Valcorza of Philippine Information Agency said that PIA always inquires from Pagasa whenever it sets its time.

Still, Valcorza shared that most of their employees have set their time 15 minutes in advance.

Address tardiness

The law is set to address the tardiness issue of many government employees. Setting the standard time will also improve productivity.

Yet, prior to the signing of this new law, many offices have already been synchronizing their time based on the state’s weather bureau, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa).

Earlier, President Aquino ordered all the government offices in the country to synchronize a standard time under the Republic Act 10535 or the Philippine Standard Time Act of 2013 which is scheduled to take effect on June 1, 2013.

The country especially the government offices will have a synchronized setting of the PST come June 1. The synchronized time will also be displayed in all key public areas in the country.

Ladelle Sagrado, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), said at present it is still following the GMT time.

Sagrado said she is not sure if her office has already observed the PST because the COWD’s administration department is in charge of setting the time on its biometrics but she agrees that following a nationwide standard time is ideal.

However, Sagrado emphasized that an office policy or any memorandum after an all level information dissemination would also be needed before her office adopts and implements the newly signed law.

Meggy Macion-Santos, San Miguel Brewery communications officer for Northern Mindanao, confirmed that San Miguel which is based in Davao has already been using the Pagasa set time even before Aquino signed the new law.

Santos hopes that the PST will be strictly followed by every Filipino citing that the common problem of the Filipinos is that “we are one hour late.”

Juan time

Meanwhile, last year the provincial board members of Misamis Oriental had officially adopted the campaign of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) dubbed as “Juan time: the new Filipino time is on time,” which advocates time consciousness and honesty.

DOST launched the nationwide campaign in September 30, 2011 to promote time consciousness among Filipinos, citing that they have already gotten used to attending meetings an hour late.

Provincial Board Member Heckert Jude Emano, who authored the resolution, said that since time immemorial, it has become a habit of many Filipinos to start or arrive in events some 15 to 30 minutes later than the set time.

He said this “Filipino time” unknowingly pulls back the country in terms of lost productivity.

Emano said with the launching of the DOST campaign, the habit of “Filipino time” will now be gone, setting only one common time in the entire country, known as the “Philippine standard time.”

He said this would re-impart the value of time to all Filipinos.

“This program will surely remind the Filipino people that keeping with the Philippine standard time would avoid the difficulty of having confused and unsynchronized time. With the program ‘Juan time,’ Filipino time will come to mean ‘on time,’” Emano said.

With this, he hopes his colleagues will strictly implement the resolution.

The PST also declared the first week of every year as “National Time Consciousness Week.”

Under the law, all government offices shall coordinate at least once a month with Pagasa to synchronize their official timepieces.

Radio and television networks will be penalized should they fail to implement the PST in their broadcasts.

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