Philippine Standard Time
Philippine Standard Time , also known as Philippine Time (abbreviated PHT), is the official name for the time in the Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. The country only has one time zone, the UTC+08:00 time zone
Time zone
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. The country used the daylight saving time
Daylight saving time
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 for a short time. But it was discontinued until now.

Geographic details

Geographically, the Philippines lies within 116°40′ and 126°34′ east of the Prime Meridian
Prime Meridian
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, and as such is physically located within the UTC+08:00 time zone. The Philippine Standard Time is maintained by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
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, or PAGASA. The Philippines shares the same timezone with Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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, Macau
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, Singapore
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, most parts of China
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, Taiwan
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, Malaysia, Brunei
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, central Indonesia
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 and Western Australia
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The Philippine Time was instituted through Batas Pambansa
Republic Acts of the Philippines
This article contains a partial list of Philippine laws. Philippine laws have had various nomenclature designations at different periods in the history of the Philippines, as shown in the following table:...

 Blg. 8, the law defining the metric system
Metric system
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, which was approved on December 2, 1978 and implemented on January 1, 1983. The Philippines is one of the very few countries to officially and almost exclusively use the 12-hour time system in reference to non-military situations.

Daylight saving time in the Philippines

Due to frequent power outages
Power outage
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, daylight saving time was instituted in the 1990s. As national power supplies and transmission systems recovered, daylight saving time was discontinued, and is presently defunct.

Juan Time

Television and radio stations in the Philippines often tell the time, but something is objectionable. Last September 2011, the Department of Science and Technology
Department of Science and Technology
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or DOST, proposed to synchronize the time in the archipelago to avoid the tardiness of the Filipinos in their own respective businesses. So, PAGASA installed a rubidium atomic clock, a GPS receiver, a time interval counter, distribution amplifier, and a computer, to help calculate the time difference with every satellite within its antenna’s field of view.

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