New govât boo-boo? FOI published âDi ko alamâ on website directory
Is this a new government website blunder?

New gov’t boo-boo? FOI published ‘Di ko alam’ on website directory

Rosette Adel ( - July 24, 2018 - 5:15pm

MANILA, Philippines — An online website of the government found itself in another publication gaffe after an online user noticed the phrase “di ko alam” written on the Freedom of Information website’s directory.

In his Twitter account, user peepaubau posted screenshots of the FOI’s agency directory which listed some of the fax numbers as “di ko alam” or I don’t know and “di ko pa din alam” or I still don’t know.

To prove that he did not alter the screenshots the online user even recorded a video of the website containing the Filipino phrases.

As of 3 p.m., managed to view the website with the said Filipino phrases written under the Maritime Industry Authority and Office of the Transportation Security.

However, it was corrected almost an hour later with dash symbols written under the agencies mentioned.

This was not the first time that publication errors by the Duterte administration were noticed by the public.

Last month, Sen. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian criticized the Presidential Communication Operations Office after mistakenly naming him “Winston” in one its press releases.

READ: ‘Is there hope for PCOO?’: Gatchalian is latest victim in PCOO blunder

The state-run communications arm has also mistakenly named late National Security Adviser and Parañaque lawmaker Roilo Golez as “Rogelio” in one of its captions for President Rodrigo Duterte’s official photos.

The PCOO also referred to Norway as “Norwegia” after outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Forner graced Malacañang last month.

Aside from these, netizens also criticized the PCOO after reporters of media outlets covering Malacañang were given identification cards containing glaring grammatical errors.

The Philippine News Agency, the official news arm of the government, which is under the News and Information Bureau of PCOO was also previously criticized for its blunders including the wrong usage of the Dole food company logo as photo in a story about the Department of Labor and Employment as well as its publishing of editors’ comments on articles.

The FOI program established in 2016, was described as “the government’s response to the call for transparency and full disclosure of Filipinos.” Through this website, Filipinos can request information from all government agencies.

PCOO is the designated lead agency in the implementation of the FOI program.

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