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Tourism chief suspends Cesar Montano’s ‘Buhay Carinderia’ project

/ 03:51 PM May 17, 2018

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Thursday said she has ordered the suspension of the  “Buhay Carinderia” program of actor and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) chief operating officer Cesar Montano.

In a press briefing, Romulo-Puyat said she already informed Montano that she is stopping the government food tourism program which received P80 million from the agency in less than a month.

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Romulo-Puyat said her private conversation with Montano on alleged irregularities on the “Buhay Carinderia” program was “cordial.”

However, Romulo-Puyat said, “for me, if there’s no bidding, we should stop the project. It’s better if the project underwent bidding process.”

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“I told Mr. Montano, to be fair, he agreed to stop all projects,” she added.

Earlier, the newly-appointed Tourism chief said she’s looking into Montano’s programs at the TBP after it was reported that the agency paid P80-million in checks even if the project was not completed yet.

Government agencies usually pay in tranches.

Romulo-Puyat said she thinks Montano acted in good faith, saying the actor-turned-TPB chief told her that he consulted their lawyers. /vvp

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