MANILA , JUNE 10, 2013
(PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - Filipinos can now expect punctuality from the government workforce after President Benigno Aquino III recently signed a law setting the Philippine standard time.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced on Thursday that Aquino signed Republic Act 10535 on May 15, ordering government offices and agencies to synchronize all their timepieces to follow a standard time.

"Lahat po ng ahensya ng pamahalaan ay minamandatuhan na sundan na po ang Philippine Standard Time," said Valte.

The Philippine standard time will be determined by the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)..

"Sila po ang naatasan na mag-set ng network time protocol para po sa ating bansa," Valte said.

Under the new law, all government offices and agencies shall coordinate with PAGASA once a month to synchronize official timepieces and devices.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who authored the new law, said this aims to synchronize the functions of government agencies through a single time reference.

"Filipinos are notorious for their tardiness such that being late has become synonymous to Filipino time. A definite time reference would remove inefficiencies brought about by different interpretations of time, particularly among government offices," Santiago said in an earlier press statement.

"Discrepancies in time between government agencies have led to unnecessary friction brought about by the disparate interpretation of schedules and their observance," she added.

The senator said the government will be able to provide more efficient services by ensuring that their offices open and close at the same time due to having a unified time reference system.

"It has been a perennial problem for citizens to get the most out of government services because government offices allegedly close earlier than office hours," the feisty senator also said.

The public can see the Philippine standard time on the PAGASA website (

Phl Standard Time starts June 1,2013 By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 1, 2013 - 12:00am

PST (Philippine Standard Time

Current Time: 06 June 2013 07:16:22

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MANILA, Philippines - The law mandating the use of Philippine Standard Time (PST) by government agencies and radio and television networks takes effect today.

On May 15, President Aquino signed Republic Act 10535, ordering government offices and agencies to synchronize all their timepieces to follow a standard time.

PST will be determined by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The official time can be checked at

Under the new law, authored by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, all government offices and agencies shall coordinate with PAGASA once a month to synchronize official timepieces and devices.

The law also mandates the media – particularly TV and radio stations across the country – to synchronize their time devices.

The synchronization of time by government agencies and broadcast networks is expected to prompt ordinary Filipinos to also follow the PST – including local government units like the city of Manila where it has the largest clock tower in the country.

The three clocks on the famous hexagonal tower of the City Hall of Manila currently tell different times.

No official was available for comment but as of yesterday, two of its clocks were not synchronized.

A general services employee of city hall said the clocks were monitored regularly, but he could not say if these have been adjusted to PST.

However, he admitted the clocks “sometimes” show different times.

City Hall has become one of the most significant landmarks in Manila. The hexagonal tower with three clocks facing different directions is not only famous for its architectural design but is also the trademark of the city.

The clocks, which can be observed from afar, do not only give passersby the time but also reminds them that they are in the capital city of Manila. – Rey Galupo

[An officer of the Professional Regulation Commission Baguio regional office processes the papers of professionals and aspiring professionals at the provincial training and development center in Lingayen yesterday. The provincial government of Pangasinan has partnered with the PRC to bring its services closer to the people under a project dubbed as ‘Agew na Propesyonal.’ CESAR RAMIREZ/FILE PHOTO]

Noy urged to set aside political differences By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 9, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Outgoing Sen. Edgardo Angara yesterday called on President Aquino to set aside political differences and make sure that important legislation will be passed in the last three years of his term.

Angara also challenged his colleagues and the new legislators, who will be part of the 16th Congress, to cooperate on the legislative agenda needed for economic recovery.

He stressed the importance of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) in passing key legislation.

Angara made the call amid criticisms over the lack of coordination between Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Mamba and resigned Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

“I call on them to build on the legacy we leave behind, even as they strive to build their own,” said Angara.

“Good politics is also marked by close collaboration between the branches of government,” he added.

Angara outlined his accomplishments on education, agriculture, healthcare and social welfare, culture and the arts, economic and financial system development, science and technology, and good governance.

He was the longest serving senator, having spent 23 years in the Senate.

Aside from Angara, Senators Joker Arroyo, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan and Manny Villar are bowing out of the Senate on June 30.

For his part, Villar vowed to pursue his advocacy in helping the less fortunate through the Villar Foundation. He refused to say goodbye, saying the fight against poverty needs to be sustained.

“This is not a retirement from politics as some have suggested,” he said.

Angara’s son Sonny and Villar’s wife Cynthia will be joining the 16th Congress.

Noy: Lacson, Pangilinan to get Cabinet posts By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 4, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino confirmed yesterday that outgoing Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis Pangilinan – who are both his political allies – will definitely get posts in his government, but that all details should be settled and finalized first.

“I offered Cabinet posts to both gentlemen and, of course, until after we have agreed on all the details, nothing is final yet,” Aquino told Palace reporters in a chance interview, shortly after receiving P28 billion in dividends from government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Aquino said he is “not yet” prepared to discuss in public what are the posts he will be giving Lacson and Pangilinan, although they have agreed on a “general idea” of what their participation will be in the second half of the Aquino administration.

“The details should really be ripe. We have an agreement, in general, but we don’t have the specifics yet for us to have a clearer picture on what our terms of engagement will be,” he said.

Pangilinan yesterday said he is thankful for the President’s trust, although they haven’t discussed the details of his Cabinet posting.

Palace insiders said that last month, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. was tasked to come up with an executive order creating a specific law enforcement office whose main objective is to rid the bureaucracy of the so-called rotten eggs.

The only problem is that this agency – composed of at least 400 people – should not make the job of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales redundant in terms of its anti-corruption mandate, sources said.

Reliable sources also revealed that the Executive Order No. 8 that former President Joseph Estrada issued in July 1998, creating the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), “may be revived” by Malacañang.

This was the same PAOCTF that Lacson headed, except for few possible modifications.

At the height of the campaign period last March, Aquino confirmed that both Lacson and Pangilinan will definitely join the executive department as soon as their terms in the Senate expire on June 30.

The Chief Executive did not give specific details, however, except to say that Pangilinan – a stalwart of the ruling Liberal Party – has been consulting with Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for “quite sometime” for the post that he will be assuming.

Aquino said that Pangilinan has several aspects of the agricultural sector that he wants to concentrate on.

“I’m sure that Secretary Alcala will want his inputs and his efforts, especially since agriculture is one of our priorities and there are so many things that have to be done, hopefully, in the quickest possible time,” Aquino said.

On the other hand, Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, will have a more general role.

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