Luistro: Observe PST in public schools nationwide

November 11, 2011 10:34 pm 

By Mediatrix P. Cristobal

MANILA, Nov. 11 — Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro wants the concept of "Filipino time" a thing of the past by encouraging students and officials to adopt the Philippine Standard Time (PST) in public schools across the country.

"If we are all guided by the Philippine Standard Time, our work will be in sync and we can optimize use of time spent in school," he said.

Luistro has issued DepEd Order No. 86 to synchronize the clocks in all schools in the country with PST, which is maintained by the Department of Science and Technology's Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

"It is therefore directed that all class schedules, meetings, activities and events, among others, must be based on PST. These schedules must start on time and end on time," the order stated.

The PST was established decades ago under PAGASA but was never strictly enforced.

DOST-PAGASA has been the country’s official timekeeper since 1978 per Section 6 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 8.

The PST is set via DOST-PAGASA’s timing system that consists of rubidium atomic clock, Global Positioning System receiver, time interval counter, distribution amplifier, and a computer.

The system automatically calculates its time difference with every satellite within its antenna’s field of view. The PST is available online at the DOST-PAGASA website.

Non-implementation of the PST has developed a notorious habit that, unknown to many, pulls back the country in terms of lost productivity. This prompted DOST to renew its campaign on PST.

Luistro said PST should be ingrained among young minds, hence it will be strictly enforced in schools.

"The DepEd family is one with the nation in changing the concept of 'Filipino time' to being 'on time'," Luistro stressed. (PNA) scs/MPC

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