No more ‘Filipino Time'
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Its time has come. Government has finally legislated through Republic Act 10535 what is now called Philippine Standard Time, checking the current time through PAGASA-DOST and synchronizing all timepieces, phones, and other gadgets.
This is all the more emphasized in the observance of National Time Consciousness Week, which ends today. Will this now signal the end of the notoriously well-known, the infamous “Filipino Time”? And so, instead of Filipino Time, which may be misconstrued in a negative way, we should now all refer to it as Philippine Time. Well and good for all Filipinos, then.
The so-called standard time is the result of synchronizing clocks in different geographical locations within a time zone to the same time. Historically, this helped in the process of weather forecasting, including train travel in certain places.
Today, time zone boundaries have changed greatly since their original introduction, and with changes still occasionally occurring. Interestingly, these adjustments to standard time date way back to the 17 th and 18 th centuries when the English horologist, John Harrison, discovered that a clock could be used to locate a ship's position at sea with extraordinary accuracy.
Indeed, the time has come for everyone to think seriously about the value of time. Time passes, and that is essentially the reason why time should be thought about deeply and systematically so as not to unnecessarily waste it.*