Paraguay will maintain, for the moment, the summer and winter time change, after the House of Representatives postponed this Wednesday the parliamentary debate of the project that sought to maintain, by law, and not by decree, summer time (-3 GMT ), as in Argentina, part of Brazil and Uruguay.
The proposal of the deputy Sebastián García, of the Patria Querida Party, was postponed until next week due to the lack of studies and consultations with institutions and organizations that may be affected by the modification.
García was based on a favorable report to the National Electricity Administration (ANDE) project and said that the energy savings argued in the past today “is no longer such.”
“It was always believed that there was a saving of money, which is not true; if we have been doing the same thing in the same way, we will continue to have the same results,” he said, pointing out that with the current summer time leisure will be favored And trade.
In this regard, he added that with daylight saving time, the Asunción center will be allowed to “not die early” during “the winter season”, and thus encourage the development of the tertiary sector, such as the gastronomic one.
Garcia also provided arguments related to security and noted that winter time can lead to street crime, as it gets dark earlier.
In addition, the deputy looked at the neighboring countries and asked his colleagues how “being in the middle” of Argentina and Brazil, Paraguay can have an hour ahead of those countries in winter.
However, Deputy Arnaldo Samaniego, of the ruling Colorado Party, asked to study the impact of continued summer time in other institutions, such as the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of Education, for school hours.
He also referred to the ANDE report mentioned by Garcia and warned that “it refers only to the advantages in terms of the safety of people in the afternoon or sunset, but does not mention that the lack of lighting would be transferred at dawn and the start of official, labor, commercial and educational activities. “
Before this exhibition, García asked the Lower House to postpone the debate until next week’s session to have the opinion and analysis of more actors.
The plenary accepted the request of the deputy and this point will be treated again next week.
Paraguay has maintained for decades and by presidential decree an hour of winter of eight months, which begins on the fourth Sunday of March, and another of summer, from the first Sunday of October when 60 minutes is advanced again.