The Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways took a major flak from the online community when they posted on their Facebook page a photo release where three of their top officials were shown assessing the damage of Manila Bay’s seawall after Typhoon Pering (International name: Nesat) hit the country last weekend.
Unfortunately for them, a civil engineer blogger noticed right away that something is not quite right, and took a screenshot before the picture was taken down.
A careful look shows that the officials’ feet didn’t quite touch the ground. And look at the fiuges in the background. Aren’t those the same people? Talk about double exposure! It looked like the officials’ images were haphazardly dragged into the scene using the lasso tool.
The department has taken down the photos and issued an apology on its Facebook page:
We would like to apologize to Undersecretary Romeo Momo, Director Rey Tagudando and District Engineer Mikunug Macud for whatever inconvenience that may have caused them regarding the photo earlier posted. Rest assured that we shall exert more diligence and prudence in the execution of our mandate to inform the public of our plans, programs, projects and official activities.
A lot of people have reacted to the photo in anger. Some have even coined the terms “Department of Photoshop Works and Highways”, “Department of Public Works and Hoaxes”, among others.
It was irresponsible and careless for a government agency to put out something that was fabricated. Yes, the officials really did make an inspection of the area. Maybe they didn’t have time to do a proper photo op, but to show that?! I mean, why fabricate?!
The photographer could have just taken shots of the officials on site, the way they were — they don’t have to appear like they were in a serious discussion. Better be real! Why release something that really wasn’t?
And if they really have to edit it, they might as well have done it RIGHT! Spend time to do a good job. C’mon, DPWH peaople, my 11-year-old can do a better editing than that!
It’s a minor thing, yes. But it makes you wonder if photos are the only things they manipulate.