Philippine Standard Time

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Republic Act 10535, also known as the Philippine Standard Time is an act that sets the Philippine Standard Time (PST) in all official sources throughout the country to provide funds for the installation, operation and maintenance of synchronized time devices to be displayed in key public places. The first week of every year would be celebrated as the National Time Consciousness Week.

The Act which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3284 and House Bill No. 164 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on 4 February 2013. It was approved by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on 15 May 2013.

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  • All national and local government offices shall display the Philippine Standard Time (PST) on their official time devices including bundy clocks. The PST will be in accordance with the official time being provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) using its network time protocol. All government offices shall coordinate, at least once a month, to coordinate with the PAGASA to synchronize their official timepieces and devices.
  • The PAGASA's Time Service Unit, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), shall monitor, maintain and disseminate the PST throughout the country. Using a timekeeping system to perform these functions, PAGASA shall prominently displayed synchronized time devices in all their field stations and in key places.
  • The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) shall require all government and private television and radio stations to participate to ensure the synchronization of timekeeping devices even in the most remote parts of the country.
  • Owners of private television and radio stations who fail to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with the PST during their broadcast shall be penalized with a fine of not less than PHP 30,000 but not more than PHP 50,000 and in case of second offense, revocation and cancellation of franchises to operate. Fine collected as penalty for the violation of this act shall be deposited in the general fund of the National Treasury.
  • All national and local government offices and public and private schools shall conduct an information campaign about the value of time to help people realize the imperative of synchronizing the official time

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