By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said Saturday that the latest gaffe in the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) is both saddening and unacceptable and would require the agency to be further revamped.
The PNA erroneously used the logo of Dole Philippines to accompany its story on the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) issuance of pay rules for 2018 holidays.
The logo of the company stayed in the PNA’s website for two hours Friday night before it was replaced by DOLE’s logo around 9:45 p.m. and eventually became a trending topic in social media.
Andanar, in an interview over Brigada News FM early Saturday morning, said the recent blunder in the PNA website is unacceptable especially now that the agency, in an attempt to be improved, is undergoing reconstruction.
“It is very sad that this had to happen but it’s part of organizational restructuring of Philippines News Agency,” Andanar told Brigada News FM.
“It’s a very sad state of the agency. But hindi naman tayo titigil na ayusin ‘yan (We will not stop fixing the agency). It’s just that it’s unacceptable,”
The PNA, in its Facebook page, issued an apology and admitted that it was a “careless act on the PNA editorial staff.”
Andanar said that he would meet the editorial staff of PNA tomorrow, Monday, to talk about the agency’s blunders this year including the posting of a commentary from Xinhua News Agency and the use of a wrong photo to accompany the story on the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.