The public consultation on Administrative Order (AO) on Social Media Use of the Government has reached its last stop at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Auditorium, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

On February 5, 2018, the Technical Working Group of the AO held a consultation with the members of the private sectors and the academe, the sixth and last leg after its conduct at Manila, San Fernando, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Legazpi City.

The AO, which is deemed to guide government employees in achieving safe and productive use of various social media platforms in communicating and engaging the public, is targeted to be signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte by March this year.

Asec. Carlos Mayorico E. Caliwara, Dir. Maria Teresa Magno-Garcia, and Mr. Mark Joseph Ubalde of the DICT, together with Usec. Lorraine Marie Badoy and Asec. Kristian Ablan of the PCOO, served as the panelists for the final consultation.

Asec. Caliwara emphasized that the reading of the AO promotes the following principles; right to information, right to privacy, responsibility, truth and transparency. Before the final consultation, Asec. Caliwara also summarized the major points raised in the past iteration like (1) government shall use only the official social media account, (2) government employees may maintain their personal accounts, but these are not for official use, and (3) government should follow other laws that are relevant to the administrative order.

Some of the concerns raised during the discussion were dealing with trolls and fake pages, campaign on self-regulation for employees, and having plantilla positions for agency’s social media team.

The Technical Working Group (TWG), consisting of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Civil Service Commission (CSC), and Career Service Executive Board (CESB), will still deliberate and finalize the draft according to the suggestions and comments given during the consultations.