Government News Agency Uses Wrong Map In Report About Ilocos Norte

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On August 15, the House Appropriations Committee approved Presidential Communications Office's (PCO) proposed P1.351 billion budget for 2018. At that time, Rappler quoted PCO chief Martin Andanar as saying, "Hindi po kami nagkulang sa pag-train ng mga editors natin. Pinadala po natin 'yung mga editors natin sa ibang bansa at doon po sila nag-train. So lahat ng pansin, ibinigay natin sa PNA."

Translation: "We were never lacking in providing training for our editors. We sent them abroad for training. We gave all the attention to the PNA."

It seems, though, that the Philippine News Agency (PNA) has once again made another mistake. They used the wrong map as the accompanying image of an August 18 story titled "TEDSA to establish training center in Ilocos Norte." Instead of showing a map of Ilocos Norte, PNA had a picture of Ilocos Sur. Screenshots of the error were posted on the blog Fashion Pulis.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 20, the report has been taken down from PNA's website.

We all make mistakes, but some mistakes are just too much.

Earlier this month, PNA—a newswire service of the Philippine government under the supervision of the News and Information Bureau (NIB) of the PCO—was under fire.

In a story titled "DOLE issues pay rules for 2018 holidays" posted on the PNA website on Friday, August 11, the accompanying image was the logo of Dole Philippines. It seems that whoever uploaded the image was not familiar with the logo of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). At that time, the mistake was the latest in PNA's growing list of glaring errors.

Andanar said that the PNA employees responsible for the DOLE logo had been asked to explain why the error was committed. He later revealed that the employee "Googled the wrong logo."

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Maybe the agency can use its P1.351 billion budget for 2018 for further improvements.

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