DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the department needs to focus on other things at the moment.
In an interview with DZMM last May 18, newly appointed Department of Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the country won’t be hosting the Miss Universe pageant this year.
She explained that there are budget constraints and that the department needs to address other concerns.
"We'll focus muna on other things. Anyway, kaka-Miss Universe lang naman so baka saka na lang," she said.
"Marami muna tayo kailangan ayusin," she further stated.
The Miss Universe coronation night was last held in the country on January 30, 2017. Miss France Iris Mittenaere was hailed the successor of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach then.
Catriona Gray will be representing the country in the prestigious pageant this year.