Cesar Montano summoned to explain P80M Buhay Carinderia project

Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Cesar Montano was called to explain the accusation that he paid P80 million in full for the “Buhay Carinderia” project, said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

The Buhay Carinderia project is one of the government’s food tourism programs.

Boo Chanco of Philippine Star columnist was the one who alleged that Montano paid P80 M to Linda Legaspi in order to feature Filipino street food and local eateries.

The standard practice is that the payment must be done gradually, with the last disbursement to be made after the project is completed, but Montano made the payment in full.

"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?" Romulo-Puyat said.

"I have to look at all the contracts even the ones existing because I'll be implementing all these programs. If I find out there's a contract that did not undergo bidding, I will have to cancel," she added.

Legaspi has responded to this, saying that the allegations have no basis and that she plans to disprove them when she arrives in Manila.

Romulo-Puyat also said that Montano will have to answer to allegations that he excused himself early during an official speaking engagement in the United States 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 also on a hold-over capacity in his position as TPB chief, as it has already expired but tourism stakeholders can decide to extend his tenure if they want to.

"Under the Tourism Act of 2009, it is the Tourism Congress of the Philippines that elects a chair. The law says it is the private sector who will elect the members of the TPB, so to me, it's nothing personal. Whoever they elect, I will follow," she said.

Source: ABS-CBN News
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