The measure which seeks daylight saving efforts has beenpassed on second reading at the Senate, Tuesday.
SEN. Surangel Whipps Jr. earlier proposed a measure to require that the Republic of Palau observe the time zone of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The measure said that since Palau is situated near the eastern edge of its time zone, which causes the sun to set before 7 p.m. all year round. By turning the clocks ahead one hour, Palau will effectively gain an extra hour of sunlight, thus reducing our consumption of artificial light (lights that ordinarily are turned on at 6:30 p.m. not need to be turned on until 7:30 p.m.), and resulting in energy savings.
It said that advancing the clocks in the Republic of Palau will permit Palau residents to enjoy one hour more of sunlight after-work hours. Palau then should adopt the time zone of its closet neighbors, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, both of which are in the time zone 10 hours ahead of General Mean Time, which is one hour ahead of Palau.