Tourism board employees file complaint vs Cesar Montano

EMPLOYEES of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) have filed a formal complaint against its Chief Operating Officer (COO) Cesar Montano.

In the seven-page document lodged last March 1 at the Presidential Action Center, it cited several irregularities committed by Montano and his team in TPB, an office under the Department of Tourism.

It accused Montano of entering into multi-million peso deals without the proper recommendation and approval of the board.

It specifically cited the P16.5 million sponsorship contract with a production company that mounted the February 25 rally for President Rodrigo Duterte in Luneta.

He also approved TPB's P12 million sponsorship of James Reid and Nadine Lustre's US and UAE shows this year.

"These might just bleed the coffers of the TPB dry," said the complainants.

Aside from the questionable dealings, Montano is said to have hired friends, relatives, and colleagues as part of his team.

It was also alleged that the actor would charge his personal domestic travels to TPB funds and would rarely report to Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo on the direction and programs of the board.

"His level of retention and absorption is very low. He has difficulty understanding presentations, flow charts and figures. Instead, he wants visuals. He would leave the meetings even if not yet adjourned."

"Documents are piled up in his room because he does not know what to do. Notably, most if not all Bids and Awards Committee Resolutions, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed are still in his office awaiting for his signature."

The TPB management and staff said they have lost their trust and confidence in Montano's leadership.

"It is in this hope that TPB can have a new competent and able leader who can perform the duties and responsibilities called for as Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Promotions Board and deliver what is required as Head of an agency."

Montano, who campaigned for the present administration, was appointed as TPB's COO last December 2016 by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a previous interview, Montano defended himself from critics who questioned his appointment.

He said Duterte will not appoint someone who is not qualified for the job. (SunStar Philippines)  
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