DOST enjoins public to sync with PST starting this year

January 3, 2012 10:02 am 

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 2 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office for Bicol here has advised Bicolanos to synchronize their time pieces with the Philippine Standard Time (PST) starting this year.

Regional DOST director Tomas Briñas on Monday said it was imperative that everyone now should refer to a standard time, which is the PST, so that the whole nation can simultaneously move with the developments in the new year.

Late last year, DOST through its attached agencies such as the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), launched Juan Time, a national advocacy campaign for the synchronization of all time pieces with the PST in all government and private offices.

DOST-PAGASA, being the designated official time keeper by virtue of the Batas Pambansa Blg. 8 Sec.6, is equipped with the timing device system consisting of a rubidium atomic clock, a Global Positioning System receiver, time interval counter, distribution amplifier and a computer that precisely adjust PST accordingly.

The campaign was received by many government institutions, including the Department of Education (DepEd) which came earlier with an order urging all public offices and schools synchronize all time pieces to the PST.

Under the DepEd Department Order (DO) No. 86 Series of 2011 entitled “Synchronizing with the Philippine Standard Time” all school officials national wide have been directed to synchronize with the PST so that all school-based activities are conducted simultaneously.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in the DO that it was an important move because it would add to work efficiency and better time management. “Time is a very precious resource which we tend to take for granted. If we are all guided by the Philippine standard time, then our work will be in sync and we can optimize use of time spent in school,” he explained.

To synchronize activities of DepEd to the school level, all offices are directed to set all clocks inside offices and school properties including time recording devices to match the PST established by the DOST through the PAGASA which displays the time in hours, minutes, and seconds in its website www.pagasa.dost,gov.ph.

The DepEd family is one with the nation in changing the concept of “Filipino time” to being “on time” Luistro said in the DO.

DOST Sec. Mario Montejo said: “We hope that the whole nation will join and synchronize our watches and other time pieces with the PST so we can further move as one nation starting in 2012.”

Television and radio stations in the Philippines often tell the time, but something is objectionable so, the DOST last September moved to synchronize the time in the archipelago to avoid the tardiness of the Filipinos in their own respective businesses.

Under this initiative, PAGASA installed a rubidium atomic clock, a GPS receiver, a time interval counter, distribution amplifier, and a computer to help calculate the time difference with every satellite within its antenna’s field of view.

Philippine Standard Time or the Pamantayang Oras ng Pilipinas, also known as Philippine Time and abbreviated as PHT, according to Briñas is the official name for the time in the Philippines. The country only has one time zone, the UTC+08:00 time zone.

Standard time zones can be defined by geometrically subdividing the Earth's spheroid into 24 lunes (wedge-shaped sections), bordered by meridians each 15 of longitude apart. The local time in neighboring zones would differ by one hour, he said.

However, political and geographical practicalities can result in irregularly-shaped zones that follow political boundaries or that change their time seasonally (as with daylight saving time), as well as being subject to occasional redefinition as political conditions change.

There are variations of the definitions of time zone which generally fall into two meanings: a time zone can represent a region where the local time is some fixed offset from a global reference (usually UTC), or a time zone can represent a region throughout which the local time is always consistent even though the offset may fluctuate seasonally, Briñas said. (PNA)

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