Are you ready for R.A 10535?

Are you ready for R.A 10535?

In an effort to eradicate the “Filipino-time” notion, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) urges all Filipino to synchronize their timekeeping devices with the official Philippine Standard Time (PhST) starting on January 1, 2014.

This initiative is in accordance with Republic Act 10535 or the Philippine Standard Time Act of 2013 which was signed by President Benigno Aquino III on May 15, 2013.



Along with setting a few ground rules for managing the official time, RA 10535 also sets the first week of every year as National Time Consciousness Week with an optimistic theme “Juan Time: Pinoy Ako, On-Time Ako!”

Globe Telecoms and Smart Communication have already expressed their willingness to support the government’s anti-tardiness movement and stated that they too will be synchronizing their time starting today.

Although I appreciate these kinds of effort from our government (and the private sector), at the end of the day it’s really up to us to be mindful of the time and the time of other people which will be wasted if we’re late. I don’t think that the RA10535 is going change things overnight, but it’s a good starting point.


This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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11 Responses

  1. abuzalzal says:

    ”Juan Tamad: Filipino Time Pa Rin Ako!”

  2. Zobel says:

    How pathetic are we 3rd worlders that we have to be required, by law, to be on time? I remember in the 90s foreign channels started their programs to the T. Our nation doesn’t progress much because it’s full of dumb simpletons.

    • abuzalzal says:


      Third world mentality is like a terminal disease

      Walang Gamot, walang pag-asa

      Call me a pessimist…I don’t care, it is what it is, that’s the way it goes,

      Ningas cogon ang mga Pinoy

  3. SpiderWak says:

    Weh.. tingnan nga natin kung on time ba si PNoy.. :D

  4. Kung asikasuhin kaya nila yung mga bagay like pork barrel at pangungurakot nila, kung ano ano kasi naiisipan. Bayag talaga !!!

  5. NoyTard talaga. wang-wang at anti-tardiness lang ang alam. tsk!

  6. Robby says:

    As expected, ang pessimistic talaga ng mga trolls.

    Anyway, Windows PCs can automatically sync to PAGASA thru Internet Time option via

    • anonymouse says:

      Do we really need to have a law for such a trivial thing? I think so in order to force other Filipinos to do the right thing and get in sync with the real world instead of having their own “mini timezones”.

      By the way, hindi lang Philippines ang gumawa ng batas na related with time. Ang America nga merong Uniform Time Act of 1966.

      Sa ibang bansa nga meron silang hotline number which tells the time together with the beep so users can synchronize their watches.

      Also, do users really need to change the Windows time synchronization settings when almost all consumer Windows OS syncs to automatically? Time is fairly accurate with this default setting.

  7. Lemmy says:

    mga adik!!! walang respeto sa presidente.

  8. noy says:

    hindi nman time ang problema eh, tao ang problema, disiplina sa sarili ang kailangan natin..

  9. Hen-Sheen says:

    Uncle Sam will say to Juan (or John in the English language), A minute late? You’re officially late! “TOASTY!”

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