[See also Filipino Time is On Time]
Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Third Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-third day of July, two thousand twelve.
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10535
AN ACT TO SET THE PHILIPPINE STANDARD TIME (PST) IN ALL OFFICIAL SOURCES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE INSTALLATION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SYNCHRONIZED TIME DEVICES TO BE DISPLAYED IN KEY PUBLIC PLACES AND TO DECLARE THE FIRST WEEK OF EVERY YEAR AS NATIONAL TIME CONSCIOUSNESS WEEK
Fashionably late. “Filipino time” is equated with being late, so much so that arriving late has become fashionable. There appears to be a sick assumption that being late is a sign of power and importance — those who arrive last has the most power (or would want to appear as the most important). In the remote possibility that you haven’t noticed this practice, try to validate this observation in your next meeting or appointment. Tardiness may be tolerable when attending a birthday party or some other social events, but it is absolutely a no-no in business. Meetings, transactions, deliveries, and all other aspects of business require promptness. There are a number of reasons why being on time is crucial.