Cesar Montano is once again embroiled in a controversy after the Commission on Audit (COA) called his travel expenses in 2017 as "excessive." According to ABS-CBN News, COA reported that the former Department of Tourism's Promotions Board official incurred a total of Php 2.277 million of travel expenses last year. Cesar traveled 14 times for 91 days to parts of Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, the report cited.
We have noted that frequent travels were undertaken by TPB officials since their mandate is to market Philippine tourism local and abroad. However, as an austerity measure and in consonance with Section 50 of RA No. 9593 (Tourism Act of 2009), the TPB should find ways to minimize the cost and optimize the performance of duties of its officers and employees for an effective and efficient organization, the COA said in a report of ABS-CBN News.
Also, the COA report pointed out that Cesar was traveling with his private secretary and executive assistant most of the time, who incurred an additional Php 2.995 million in expenses.
Cesar was appointed to the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) in December 2016 and resigned in May 2018, following the controversial Php 80-million Buhay Carinderia contract that TBP entered into earlier in 2018.