The end of "Filipino time"? DOST pushes "time-sensitive" campaign

GMA News Online reports that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is launching "Juan Time," a campaign that aims to instill time-consciousness among Filipinos.

GMA News Online reports that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is launching "Juan Time," a campaign that aims to instill time-consciousness among Filipinos.

 

In its September 23 statement, DOST said it wants to "redefine Filipino time." The agency said that Filipino time is a "notorious habit that, unknown to most, pulls back the country in terms of lost productivity."

 

To train Pinoys to be more time-conscious, the DOST will promote the nationwide use of the Philippine Standard Time (PST), "a timing system established under the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) decades ago but was never strictly enforced." DOST-PAGASA has been the country's official timekeeper since 1978 per Section 6 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 8.

DOST Sec. Mario Montejo explained: "PST, the country's official time, sets only one common time in the archipelago's more than 7,100 islands. ’Juan Time’ reminds Filipinos that keeping to the PST avoids the difficulties of having confusing, unsynchronized time."

 

The DOST will officially launch "Juan Time" on September 30 at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia. Or, if you want to be on PST now, click this link to the PAGASA website and then click on the link to the Philippine Standard Time Web-based pop-up application. (It’s located on the right side of the site’s front page.)

 

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