Pnoy signed Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013

Republic Act No. 10535 known as “The Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013″ has been signed by President Benigno Aquino III. It was approved last May 15, 2013 and was published in the Official Gazette on Thursday, May 23.

All national and local government offices are mandated to display the Philippine Standard Time (PST) on their official time devices, including Bundy clocks, in accordance with the official time being provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) using its network time protocol. All of these offices shall coordinate, at least once a month, with the PAGASA to synchronize their official timepieces and devices.

Implementation of the new law will take effect on June 1, 2013.

The PAGASA’s Time Service Unit, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), shall be tasked to monitor, maintain and disseminate the PST throughout the country. The PAGASA shall operate and maintain a timekeeping system to perform these functions and shall endeavor to install and maintain sufficiently large and prominently displayed synchronized time devices in all their field stations and in key public places.

The NTC is requiring the participation of all government and private television and radio stations in order to ensure the synchronization of timekeeping devices can be undertaken even in the most remote parts of the country.

Owners of private television and radio stations who shall fail to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with the PST during their broadcast shall, upon hearing and due proceedings, be penalized with a fine of not less than Thirty thousand pesos (P30, 000.00) but not more than Fifty thousand pesos (P50, 000.00) and in case of a second offense, revocation and cancellation of their franchises to operate.

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

In every first week of the year, "National Time Consciousness Week" will be celebrated.

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