The unified hashtag was first used by media organizations and some websites, but the government wants it adopted and officially integrated in information relevant to work and class suspensions.
Here’s the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on the unified hashtag for announcing class and work suspensions:
As part of the continuing engagements between the government, media, institutions, and the public, to keep everyone updated and informed of relevant developments, the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office are pleased to announce the adoption of a unified hashtag for announcing class and work suspensions.
The unified hashtag #walangpasok will be used by @govph, @pcdspo, @deped_ph, @ptvph to announce class and work suspensions. We thank media organizations who have committed to using the same unified hashtag in reporting class and work suspensions: @rapplerdotcom @philippinestar @inquirerdotnet @gmanews @ancalerts @News5AKSYON @DZMMTeleRadyo. We will update the list of government and media partners as they get on board this public service effort.
We ask the official Twitter accounts of LGUs, schools, colleges, and universities, to use the unified hashtag #walangpasok when announcing class suspensions. The Official Gazette will also use the hashtag to announce work suspensions. This will help the national government, LGUs, media, and the public to track all such announcements.
Together with their affiliates in the traditional media, and the TV and radio facilities of the government, we believe integrating the system of tracking the unified hashtag #walangpasok will lead to the faster, and more reliable, tracking and dissemination of alerts concerning class and work suspensions so that the news can be reported on TV, radio, and the internet to the greatest number of people at the soonest possible time.
Footnotes: The accounts mentioned are those that have signed on as of August 15, 2012.