Are Filipinos ready to reset their clocks and adjust to daylight saving time? Malacañang has directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the proposed daylight saving time (DST) in the country amid efforts to save energy during critical supply months. “The Department of Energy and other agencies could look into this proposal because there is an impact on our workers, students and the rest of the country. This will be given a thorough study,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in Filipino during a Palace press briefing. Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Arnel Ty recently urged Malacañang to implement DST as a means to conserve energy in preparation for the power shortage in Luzon next year. In House Resolution 1334, Ty proposed the time change from November 2014 to January 2015 and then from March to June 2015. Under DST, clocks are advanced by an hour during summer months with the goal of saving energy. It aims to take advantage of the daylight hours in the summer. The daylight time was last implemented in the country during the administration of President Fidel Ramos as an energy conservation measure. Earlier, President Aquino asked Petilla to consult various stakeholders regarding efforts to deal with the imminent power supply deficiency in Luzon. One of the recommendations of Petilla is granting emergency powers to the President to boost the country’s power supply. The government is planning to tap private companies to build power plants that can generate 500 to 600 megawatts by March next year.
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