- Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said they will have to review the “Buhay Carinderia” project
- They will have to summon TPB head Cesar Montano on why he paid P80 million in full when the project has yet to be completed
- She also made mention of an allegation that Montano excused himself from an official speaking engagement; saying to the audience that he needs to “catch a Broadway show”
Newly-appointed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said they will review one of the DOT’s food tourism programs, the “Buhay Carinderia” project.
Romulo-Puyat said they will have to ask Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) head Cesar Montano to explain why he allegedly paid the full amount of P80 million for the project when the event has yet to be completed. She explained that following the government’s standard practice, payment must be made in tranches and the last disbursement must be made after the project has been completed.
The DOT secretary was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “I want to know what is the budget, what he (Montano) plans to do. I have to ask whoever the organizer is, did it go through proper bidding?”
She also made mention of an allegation about Montano’s official speaking engagement in the U.S., where he told the audience that he had to leave to “catch a Broadway show.”
“I have to ask Cesar himself what happened. Did you really just talk for two minutes? I believe there are 2 sides to the story. I’m sure he has the proper explanation,” she said.
Montano is currently on a “hold-over capacity” since his term has already expired and it will be up to the decision of tourism stakeholders if his term will be extended.
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