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National Time Consciousness Week – January 1-7, 2023

National Time Consciousness Week is observed in the Philippines from January 1 to 7 each year. It was established as a result of the Philippine Standard Time (P.S.T.) Act of 2013. The country’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST) leads the observance of the week-long event and encourages all residents to synchronize their watches to the PST provided by them. The annual observance is meant to ensure that all Filipino residents are aware of the national standard time and are adhering to it. As per the DOST, celebrating the National Time Consciousness Week has several benefits like an increase in productivity.

History of National Time Consciousness Week

Standard time refers to the “synchronization of clocks within a geographical region to a single time standard, rather than a local mean time standard.” Standard time was established around the 19th century to ensure more accurate weather forecasting and train travel. This practice was applied globally in the following century, turning the geographical demarcations into time zones.

Standardized time systems were first utilized by the British railways on December 1, 1847 when they began adhering to Greenwich Mean Time (also referred to as railway time). Public clocks were standardized to G.M.T. by 1855. The practice of adopting standardized time trickled to North America only after 1883. Prior to that, The Pennsylvania Railroad, for example, used the “Allegheny Time” system based on astronomical timekeeping. In 1870, a man by the name of Charles F. Dowd proposed four time zones based on the meridian through D.C. for American railroads. His proposal was accepted in 1883.

In 2013, the Philippine government passed the Philippine Standard Time (P.S.T.) Act of 2013. Following which, the National Time Consciousness Week observance began. The P.S.T. shall be provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the Filipino residents. According to the DOST, following the national standard time has both social and economic benefits. For one, it would promote punctuality. With this, productivity would also be affected positively. The observance of this event is significant as it helps people to recognize the importance of time management including deadlines and call times.

National Time Consciousness Week timeline

Standardized Time

Standardized time is adopted by the British railways.

The Standardized Time Proposal

Charles F. Dowd proposes a standardized time system for American railways.

Standard American Time

American time is standardized into four time zones.

The Philippine Standard Time (P.S.T.) Act

The Philippine Standard Time (P.S.T.) Act is passed and begins the observation of National Time Consciousness Week.

National Time Consciousness Week FAQs

Is standard time better?

It may be hard to say if it is better, but standard time is a healthy choice.

What is the Philippines time zone G.M.T.?

In G.M.T., the Philippine time zone is marked +8 hours.

What does U.T.C. mean?

It stands for Universal Time Coordinated, and refers to the G.M.T.

How to Observe National Time Consciousness Week

  1. Understand standardized time

    Standardized time should be the norm now, however, not everyone already grasps its significance. Try understanding the concept of standardized time for yourself.

  2. Look up its history

    National Time Consciousness Week is a perfect opportunity to understand the history of how standardized time came to be. You’ll be amazed.

  3. Synch your clock

    Do you reside in the Philippines? sync your clock to P.S.T.

5 Interesting Facts About Time

  1. Living in the past

    Human brains take about 80 milliseconds to perceive events, which means that we are all living in the past.

  2. The experience of time

    People experience time differently across cultures.

  3. Definitions

    Science defines time differently based on the discipline defining it.

  4. Relativity

    The intensity of the gravity of an object can warp the passing of time around it.

  5. Daylight saving

    The first person to advocate for daylight saving time wanted more sunlit hours to look for insects after work.

Why National Time Consciousness Week is Important

  1. It helps us recognize the importance of time

    National Time Consciousness Week is a good opportunity to recognize the importance of time. It could be for our work schedules, meetings with friends or clients, and school deadlines.

  2. It’s a reminder of how differently humans have looked at time

    Standardized time is quite new. National Time Consciousness Week is a good reminder of how differently time has been viewed.

  3. It helps us be aware in syncing ourselves with time

    Running on standardized time will possibly do wonders for a person’s punctuality. National Time Consciousness Week is a good time to start trying to abide by time.

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