Friday, July 27, 2018

Repost: COA Calls Out Cesar Montano for Excessive Travel Expenses

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The Commission on Audit chided actor Cesar Montano for his frequent travels abroad during his term as chief operating officer of the Tourism Promotion Board, describing the travel expenditures as “extravagant” and “excessive”.

COA, releasing the 2017 annual audit report for TPB, also noted that accompanying Montano in his multiple foreign travels were a private secretary and an executive assistant who spent P2.995 million.

Montano served as TPB chief last year and resigned last May after being implicated in fund irregularities in the implementation of the “Buhay Carinderia” food tourism project.

The COA questioned the “regularity and validity of payments” made to Dentsu Philippines Inc. for advertising services amounting to P873.26 million, saying that documentation for disbursements was incomplete.

“TPB approved and implemented media plans and utilized the unexpended amount of the contract in the total amount of P13.221 million despite the lapse of the contract period, ”stated one of six audit observations on the advertising deal.

The COA noted that the agency granted sponsorships totaling P7 million to various organizations, local government units and private corporations ranging from P50,000 to P4.200 milliion for events unrelated to the promotion of Philippine tourism.

“Foreign travels undertaken by the Chief Operating Officer and OIC-Deputy for International Promotions for CY 2017 were more than 12 times, incurring travel expenses totaling P2.276 million and P1.957 million, respectively,” the audit report stated.

COA added: “Moreover, business class air tickets amounting to P0.594 million were purchased for two foreign travels of the COO, contrary to Section 10 of EO 248 as amended by Section 7 of EO 298 dated March 23, 2004.”

According to COA the travels abroad for “more than 90 days and more than 12 times” for a government officer or employee “ is deemed excessive and may have adverse repercussions on the management of the affairs of the government corporation.

Audit examiners explalined that government personnel and officials are also restricted in taking the economy class in air travels, unless authorzed by the president.

While COA auditors agreed that frequent travels are part of the mandate of TPB officials, Montano and other officials were also required under Repubic Act 9593 to to observe “austerity” and find ways to minimize cost .

On the grant of financial sponsorships by TPB, COA said the Tourism Act limits the promotional and marketing activites of the TPB to local and internaitonal advertisements of the country’s major tourism destinations and other tourism products.

Thus , the P7 million spent for sponsorships is not authorized. Covered by the expenses were sponsorships for a dance competiton in Marawi City, P4.2 million; financial help for Musiko 2017 Grandest marching Band Parade, P2 miliion and sponsorship of Mothers Day Fun Run, P500,000, among others.

“The regularity and validity of payments made to Denstu Philippines Inc. (DPI) in relations to its advertising services contract amounting to P873.269 million could no be ascertained,” COA said.

Among others, questioned by auditors in the advertising contract were the failure of TPB to support disbursement vouchers with complete documentation; the lack of biling invoices from foreign suppliers or media presenters; the billing of television placmenet spots aired in Eurosport Channels in 2014 instead of actual billing of the advertisers on the actual spots aired and the non-deduction in the progress bilings of the 20 percent initial payments amounting to P49.213 million.

80 comments:

  1. Oh my gulay 😡😡😡

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    1. ano bang ngyayari D30? akala ko ba not even a whiff of corruption.. sunod sunod mga best and brightest, sobrang alingasaw na. may makakasuhan ba sa mga yan 😡😑

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    2. Bakit kaya kelangan magtravel e Tourism sila dapat estima ng mga bisita para bumalik. Alagaan ang environment dahil yun ang bentahe. So para saan kaya yung mga trips?

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    3. Oh du30 agad sisihin e si Cesar may gawa nian?

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    4. @6:42 AM, Yes it is the president's fault as he was the one who appointed Cesar. He appointed people not suited for government jobs.

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    5. sino ba nagappoint na ang basehan lang ay pagigins supporter? si duterte, diba? sino nagbigay ng govt position kay cesar?

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    6. ever heard of command responsibility 6:42?

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    7. Mga mapansamantala. He hired 4 lawyers, staff kung di kamag anak, anak ng mga friends. Imagine 2 years into office puro corruption ang mababasa or mapapanood natin?

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  2. Saan kaya kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha ang taong ito?!?

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    1. He is travelling In Style! Nirerepresent niya ang bansa so dapat Elegant and Presentable. And Artista siya natural Narcississtic siya yjng ngang maospital lang me post agad sa IG how much more kung Jetsetter! Need yung big spending! Basta ba hindi niya pera e!

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    2. Absuwelto kaagad siya Kay Digong don sa 8 million.

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    3. Excuse me 12:54 AM

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    4. I hope sarcastic si 12:54 lol

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    5. Idk but i think sinasabi lng ni 12:54 yung point of view ni cesar, which proven n mapride sya tao. I guess?

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    6. ok lang daw kasi appointed naman sya ni DU30, makakalusot din yan!

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    7. yong mga kurakot nga na nasa kulungan na, nakalabas! ito pa kaya eh appointed by DU30! #changeiscoming

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  3. Ang kapal ng mukha!

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  4. Iba talaga pag pera ang pinaguusapan. How can something that big hindi complete ang document. Haysss

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  5. Hindi ko na tinapos basahin ung news dahil una pa lang makapal naman na talaga pez nia 😂 sana makasuhan

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  6. Yung tax na binabayad ko na sana ginagastos ko nalang sa pang travel goals ko etong si cesar lang pala ang nkikinabang? Ano? Travel goals gamit ang pera ng mamamayan? My gosh. Lagi nlang may ganito pero walang parusang binibigay sa nahuhuli. Ano bang namgyayare sa pilipinas

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    1. Wag ka nalang mag bayad ng tax.

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  7. Akala ko ba pag may korap sa administration na ito papakainin ni tatay ng bala ng baril? Haha

    ChangeScamming!!

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    1. edi sana yung sinabi ni Pnoy and Miriam ginawa na din nila. hay

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    2. Talagang pag DDS kung hindi ad hominem, red herring. I'm talking about you 1:20, baka hindi ka aware sa logical fallacies.

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    3. Ikaw naman 5:41 mahilig mag-generalize. Pag DDS lahat tulad ni 1:20?

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    4. 1:20am, sisi pa din sa past admin lol, wala talaga utak mga dds

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    5. 1:20 pm tatak Duterte!hahaha wala na kasing ma idepensa kaya isisi na lng sa iba! smh

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  8. Kapal! Bakit ba nabigyan ng govt seat tong taong to in the first place? Nakakagigil!

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  9. Basta ba approve ng Presidente! Para sa ikagaganda din ng bansa ang ginagawa niya.
    Inggit lang ng sobra!

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    1. Tard ka. Di kailangan ng approval ni Digong ang pag travel nya. Ano ba nagawa nya para sa tourism ha?

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    2. how sure are u na approved ng president yung gastos nya?

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    3. Nyemas di ko mapigilan di magcomment! Si anon 1231 ay isa sa mga salot ng lipunan! Magisip ka mabuti!!! Kaya lagi tayo ninanakawan dahil sa ganyan pagiisip! Malalakas ang loob nila kasi alam nila makakalusot sila at baka manalo pa sa election dahil sa mga taong katulad mo! Tama na ang OK LANG! Ang dami nagpapakahirap magtrabaho!

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    4. Ano ang pinagsasabi mo? Okay lang ang corruption?

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    5. 12:31, bawal po sa BATAS. So feeling mo ngayon mas mataas na ang pangulo sa batas? Magpatayo na lang kayo ng sariling bansa kung ayaw nyo magadhere sa batas

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  10. At least informed na tayo kung saan napupunta binabayad nating tax. Ansaya saya no!

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  11. Di na nakapagtataka. Baka nga next election senator na yan.

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  12. Yung pangakong "the best and the brightest" ay isang malaking kalokohan.

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  13. Ang Dali talaga gastusin pag di mo pera. Best and the brightest talaga.

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  14. Nakaka gigil!!! Nakaka galit!!! Ako dito hirap na hirap kakatrabaho para maka travel mabili gusto ko masuportahan pamilya ko tapos etong makapal na mukang to na wala namang alam na na appoint nalanv bigla, ganun ganun lang magpakasasa?! Same to all the govt emoloyees, their wives, their families!!! Shame on all of you!!!!!

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  15. Kailangan nya ng pera kasi marami syang anak.

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  16. Kaya yung mga negosyante ayaw magbayad ng tamang buwis kung sa mga corrupt lang naman mapunta.

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  17. Kaya pala kumandidato sya non para kung sakaling manalo, dami nyang kickback!

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    1. Halos lahat na polticians , ganyan.

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  18. Kahit magaudit ku araw araw walng mangyayri diyan..waste of tax money rin..may naparusahan b..d b nakalabas lahat..si bong malapit n rin lumabas

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  19. Ikulong na yan. Tapos kapag nakakulong na magpapatawag ng doktor dahil may sakit.... uupo sa wheelchair then after ng probation period laya na si dudong dahil kulang sa ebidensya saya saya ng mga gawain ng corrupt na nakaupo sa govt.

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  20. Kaya pala ilang beses na syang nag-try to run for public office. Para biglang yaman sya if he wins!

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  21. Yung iba nag-aabang ng seat sale at nag-iipon para maka-travel tapos ikaw Cesar Montano ganyan-ganyan lang kung lustayin ang pera ng taong bayan! Kapal.

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  22. Anak ka ng pitumput puting pating...saglit ka pa lang nakakaupo ang dami mo ng kalokohang nagawa...

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  23. Epal epal! Wala ka na mapagkatiwalaan sa panahon ngayon. Dagdag pa si Montano!

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  24. Asan na ang kamay na bakal ni Duterte sa mga corrupt? Sampol,sampol!!

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    1. Dusaster the worst President!

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  25. parang gusto ko maniwala sa mga akusasyon dati pa sabi kahit sa mga presentation daw ay may pursyento sila Cesar. Nubeyen.

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  26. Department of Tourism nga daw kasi, kaya tour ng tour ang lolo nyo

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  27. Kasalanan yan ng mga bobotantes..mga dds hanggang ngayon believe na believe pa rin sa kanilang poon!

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    1. 2:52 AM, ano pa nga ba, nang dahil sa mga bobotante..........

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  28. Omg, so much corruption. It’s unbelievable how easy for them to procure, spend and waste public money. So disgusting.

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  29. Haaayyyyyy, kawawag pinas, lahat nalang inaabuso sa government.

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  30. They keep doing it because they can get away with it. None gets punished and they get to keep their loot.

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  31. The “best and brightest” daw pero puro naman corrupt at incompetent.

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    1. Yet hanggang ngayon in denial ang mga dds...

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  32. Hay naku!!! Wala na yata talagang pag-asa ang pinas kahit sino umupo!!!

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  33. Sino ba naman kasi magtitiwala dyan sa ung@s na yan at bakit nilagay pa sa pwesto?

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  34. Two years palang pero ito na talaga pinaka worst na gobyerno, puro panlilinlang ang alam.

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    1. Oo nga no? 2 yrs pa lang yan! What’s worse is may mga fanatic zombies pa din silang nabobola.

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    2. 11:47, Yung mga rabid dds na lang naman natitira at hopeless na case nila. Pero maraming neutral ang nagsisisi na at ngayon bukas na mata nila sa katotohanan.

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  35. Very true 9:22 AM

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  36. Sa lahat naman kasi ng antas ng gorbyerno may corrupt. Baranggay pa nga lang kurakot na. Di mas lalong malaki kurakot ng mas nakatataas. Kelan, kelan kaya magbabago ang mga nakaupo??

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  37. The President appointed persons he believes he can trust i.e., he appoints with good intentions, but if these appointees turn out otherwise no one
    should be blamed but the person himself
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    Mahirap na talagang humanap ng mapagkakatiwalaang tao.

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    1. 11:50 bulag ka? ang dami ng reports ng coa sa iba ibang appointees ng presidente. nag-appoint si duterte dahil supporters nia sa kampanya, hindi sa kung qualified ang mga tao na yan o hindi. may kasalanan ang presidente mo at puro anay ang pinapasok nia sa gobyerno. tapos ngayon tahimik lang sia? pano na mababalik ang milyon na nagastos na? pera yan ng taxpayers para sa bansa, hindi para makinabang lang ang iilan.

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    2. 11:50, Correction, he knows these appointees are incompetent yet pinapasok nya pa rin. Si Mocha, one of the best examples. Ang gusto ni duterte, basta tuta nya at napapakinabangan nya, doon sya. Kahit walang silbi at walang karapatan magkaposisyon.

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    3. Cesar Montano's reputation was questionable from the start. Daming nagtanong why him in the first place but the president was so stubborn and went ahead with appointment.

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    4. Nadale mo 12:49. lakas makamura ni duterte sa mga maayos na nagtatrabaho porket hindi pabor sa mga nilulutong nilang maitim na mga plano, like si VP Leni and Cj Sereno. Pero pagdating sa mga napatunayang corrupt na mga appointees nya, aba, wala lang. Ipokrito. All for a show.

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    5. Wrong, he wasn’t qualified to begin with. He doesn’t even have the educational background.

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    6. Supporter sila, tuta. That’s their only qualification and it’s very wrong.

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  38. kapal ng mukha talaga. sana next na si Mocha na mayabang

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  39. Sana isunod na din c Mocha kasi balita ko may kasama pa yan make up artist sa byahe nya. Buti man lang kung makabuluhan ang pinag gagawa ng babaeng yan, eh puro selfie lang naman ang alam.

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