A photo taken at the Roxas Boulevard showcasing people from the Department of Public Works and Highways as they assess the condition of the damaged baywalk area after the destruction brought about by typhoon Pedring last Wednesday September 28, 2011 caused reactions from audiences in a famous social network site.
According to DPWH, the photo was not intended to be posted on their Facebook page but instead it was apportioned for their newsletter. The photo was not yet cleared for release yet their staff posted it.
The Pinoy netizens have immediately noticed the controversial photo and wondered why the government has to resort to editing a photo just to show the active participation of our government in taking care of certain issues such as this.
DPWH denies the accusation and explained that they have no objective of fooling the public. The agency apologized for the controversy and immediately removed the said photo.
The photo showed DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo discussing Pedring’s damages with DPWH National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando and DPWH South Manila District Engineer Mikunug Macud along Roxas Boulevard. The officials really made an inspection at the bay area as supported by interviews and several reports on TV and radio yet the netizens cannot deduce the necessity to circulate a “photo-shopped” image in the web.
The internet space is one complex platform for one to use. Everything we share or publish in this vast network will forever be etched in history. We are responsible for all our actions.
There is no accident to what the agency has done. We understand their purpose which is to promote their assistance to the general public but we would like for them to make a firm decision and be careful in everything they share in the web since even a picture means a thousand words.
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