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Tourism Board blames Montano, Teo in anomalous P80M Buhay Carinderia project

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The hasty payments ‘were done upon the directives of former COO and former Secretary of DOT,’ says the current management of the Tourism Promotions Board

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano (C), and former tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo (R) at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

Why the 2019 World Street Food Congress isn’t happening

May 18, 2019 - 6:59 PM

With the event's abrupt cancelation by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, the WSFC team isn't happy

COA finds Montano’s P12M contracts questionable

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Montano approves the contracts for Intramuros and a music festival without a go-signal from the board, and in one instance, he disregards approval of the winning bidder and negotiates directly with the losing bidder instead

QUESTIONABLE CONTRACTS. Cesar Montano's contracts with performers and music festival organizers in 2017 are flagged by auditors for violating procurement and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) rules. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


Cesar Montano's travels excessive – COA

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Auditors say it was costly and unnecessary for Montano to bring along his two assistants in most of his trips. Non-related personnel also got to travel to tourism events.

EXCESSIVE TRAVELS. The Commission on Audit (COA) flags as excessive the travels of resigned Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

Veteran official named Tourism Promotions Board OIC

May 24, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Arnold Gonzales has been with the Department of Tourism for 30 years

OIC. Arnold Gonzales is the new Tourism Promotions Board officer-in-charge. Photo from Gonzales' Facebook page

TPB 'guarantees transparency' after Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 1:21 PM

'The TPB extends its support to the direction of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, guaranteeing transparency in all of its dealings,' says Board after Montano's resignation

TRANSPARENCY. The Tourism Promotions Board issues a statement following Cesar Montano's resignation as Chief Operating Office.

Duterte on Montano, Roxas on Senate run, AFP on Chinese bombers | Midday wRap

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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Duterte accepts Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 7:01 AM

The Tourism Promotions Board chief's resignation comes after President Duterte announced he is about to fire 5 government officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on May 5, 2018, recognizes the vital role of ADB in the growth and development of the Philippines. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cesar Montano resigns as tourism board chief

May 21, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) His resignation comes amid the controversy over an P80-million sponsorship deal for the food tourism project Buhay Carinderia

Who is Ronnie Albao of the Tourism Promotions Board?

May 19, 2018 - 7:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Cesar Montano's most trusted man in the Tourism Promotions Board started out in government as an executive assistant in the office of then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 1998

P1-consultant runs Tourism Promotions Board besides Cesar Montano

May 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Ronnie Albao, who sources say unofficially functions as Cesar Montano's chief of staff, denies the claims

CHIEF OF STAFF? Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Office (COO) Cesar Montano and Ronnie Albao pose for a photo at Senate of the Philippines. Photo from Ronnie Albao's Twitter account

Puyat 'uncomfortable' over tourism projects without public bidding

May 17, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she has concerns over projects under TPB chief Cesar Montano's watch that did not pass through public bidding

NEW CHIEF. Newly-installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cesar Montano, DOT chief Romulo Puyat meet privately

May 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat moves the meeting with Cesar Montano, originally set at the DOT office in Makati, to an undisclosed location

PROMOTIONS CHIEF. Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano at the Philippine Move and Press Club 33rd Annual Star Awards. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

Duterte on Philippine Rise, TPB and Buhay Carinderia, North Korea on meeting with U.S. | Midday wRap

May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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'Buhay Carinderia' gets P80M in a month under Cesar Montano

May 16, 2018 - 9:23 AM

In less than a month, 90% of the P80-million sponsorship funds are paid to advertising company Mary Lindbert International for the Buhay Carinderia project, even if was far from completion

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano, and former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

New tourism chief to talk to Cesar Montano over corruption allegations

May 15, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she will 'get the side' of Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano on allegations that he paid in full the contractor for an P80-million project that has yet to be completed

NEW CHIEF. Newly installed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018 to give her first media briefing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

TPB management: We'll cooperate in probe vs Cesar Montano

Mar 14, 2017 - 4:05 PM

UPDATED The management committee of the Tourism Promotions Board commits its full cooperation guaranteeing the transparency of the agency in the entire process

FULL SUPPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte said in a press conference in Malacanang that he trust Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano amid "mismanagement" allegations. Photo from Montano's Facebook page

Viva denies TPB sponsorship deal on JaDine concert tour

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:56 PM

Viva s statement comes after Tourism Promotions Board Head Cesar Montano is accused of mismanagement and possible corruption

Duterte backs Cesar Montano amid corruption allegations

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:05 PM

I trust the guy says the President adding that Montano already has money and would not ruin his reputation for a measly amount

SUPPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte throws his full support behind actor turned Tourism Promotions Board head Cesar Montano. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Cesar Montano: Allegations of mismanagement 'baseless and untrue'

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The actor who heads the Tourism Promotions Board is accused of approving contracts for events where he performs and of hiring friends and relatives using public funds for personal travels and incompetence

TPB CHIEF. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo swears in DOT Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano on December 2016. Photo courtesy of DOT Media Com

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Cesar Montano faces complaint for 'mismanaging' tourism board

Mar 12, 2017 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) The complaint – by Tourism Promotions Board 'management and staff, together with the board members, tourism private sector, and a number of DOT regional directors' – is being reviewed by the Presidential Action Center

COMPLAINT RECEIVED. The copy of the complaint against Tourism Promotions Head Cesar Montano was received by the Presidential Action Center on March 1, 2017.

Cesar Montano to head Tourism Promotions Board

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says Cesar Montano – President Rodrigo Duterte s choice not hers – is expected to take his oath on December 15

DOT, Globe partner to boost tourist arrivals to PH

Jul 29, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Globe Telecom and DOT s Tourism Promotions Board partnership aims to help the Philippines reach its goal of 10 million foreign tourist arrivals by 2016

TARGET KEPT. The Philippines, according to Tourism Promotions Board, is keeping its target of 10 million tourists by 2016