PNA worker admits getting DOLE logo via Google

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Posted at Aug 16 2017 01:02 AM | Updated as of Aug 16 2017 11:05 AM

PNA editor blames content management system error

Two Philippine News Agency employees who were behind the latest error of the state-owned news organization surfaced at the budget hearing of the Presidential Communications Operations Office on Tuesday.

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar presented Lilybeth Ison, editor for the PNA, and Joseph Paligutan, who was introduced as a retriever, upon questioning by Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, a former journalist.

The two were involved in the erroneous uploading of the logo of the Dole food company to accompany a Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) press release.

Paligutan said his role as a retriever is to accept stories and press releases, and upload these to their content management system for the approval of an editor.

Paligutan admitted he got the DOLE food company logo from Google since they did not have a logo for the DOLE. 

He said it is the editor’s job to approve publishing the material he sends. 

Ison said she has been a journalist for about 30 years, and this is her first lapse that she attributed to a problem accessing their system, which allegedly prevented her from immediately seeing the accompanying photo.

Andanar on Monday said show cause orders have been given to 3 Philippine News Agency (PNA) employees involved in the error.