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For First Time Ever, Philippines Will Observe Daylight Saving Time

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Starting at 2 o’clock a.m. Sunday (Monday, Philippine time), Americans, except those in Arizona and Hawaii,  will set their clocks forward by one hour as part of Daylight Saving Time (DST).  In the Philippines, Filipinos will advance their clocks by two hours.

For the first time in the history of the Philippines, this tropical country in Asia is implementing DST, but unlike its U.S. counterpart, it is a two-hour adjustment.

The concept of DST in the U.S. is all about saving precious energy, taking advantage of longer days and shorter nights to encourage people to turn off lights earlier, turn on airconditioners later, etc.

However, Philippine DST has nothing to do with energy-saving.  It is a national scheme to encourage and ensure that Filipinos arrive at their appointments, school or work ON TIME — in fact two hours early.

You see, the Philippines is known for “Filipino time,” a standard in which people arriving late for appointments is expected, much less tolerated.  Even their country’s flag carrier, Philippine Air Lines, or PAL, is often referred to as “Plane Always Late.”

With the new Philippine DST, many employers will be very pleased that at last, their workers will arrive on time — assuming the LRT and MRT (light railway) trains run on schedule.

“By the time DST is set back to regular or standard time in the fall, Filipinos will already have been used to being on time or early,” President NoyNoy Aquino told reporters today.

California Wants To End Daylight Saving Time, Daly City Wants To Adopt Filipino Time

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Photo credit: Getty Images

DALY CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Daylight Saving Time (DST) could be a thing of the past in California, if a bill introduced by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) is approved by the state Legislature.

AB 2496 would keep California on Pacific Standard Time year-round. Chu says there is no evidence DST reduces energy consumpion.

Hawaii and most of Arizona stay on standard time year-round. In the past, some parts of Indiana did not observe DST.

Following the introduction of the proposed bill, Filipinos living in Daly City have launched a petition asking their city council to enact a resolution that would make Filipino time the standard time year-round in this Bay Area city, oftimes referred to as “Little Manila” because of the huge number of Filipino residents.

The petition claims that Filipinos in America are having difficulties and challenges navigating between California time and Philippine time.  There is a 16-hour difference between the two time zones.  With increasing globalization, it just makes sense that we get rid of time differences, not just between the U.S. and the Philippines, but worldwide, the petition concludes.

Filipinos working in call centers and those engaged in business process outsourcing (BPO) operations in the Philippines welcome the Daly City proposal, saying that it would be nice to do business in real time.

(Editor’s note: “Filipino time” in this context does NOT refer to Filipinos being always late to appointments and schedules.)