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Cesar Montano’s ₱80M Buhay Carinderia Project Remains Unliquidates, Says COA

BUHAY CARINDERIA – The Comission on Audit (COA) recently said that Montano’s ₱80 million Buhay Carinderia Program remained unliquidated and refunded.

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According to GMA News, state auditors said in their 2018 Audit report that the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB), in which at the time was under the watch of former TPB Chief Operating Officer and actor Cesar Montano, made at about ₱80 million in payments to contractor Marylindbert International Inc. (MII) without having the latter to submit liquidation and utilization reports with supporting documents.

The report is stated in the following:

“Payments were based on the submission of documents/reports prepared by MII such as Calendar of Events and Media Plan, Program Flow, Forum Content, Exhibit layout and final creatives,”

“[In fact], TPB already paid a total of P80.640 million inclusive of VAT as of April 17, 2018 even without prior liquidation of the previous tranches paid as there was no previous stipulation in the MOA (memorandum of agreement) for the submission of liquidation/utilization reports with supporting documents.”

The Audit asked why the TPB had only required the submission of a Summary of Expenses and Disbursements at the end of the project without the mention of other necessary supporting documents to establish the existence or completion of the project.

Based on the report, the COA further marked TPB for failure to reduce five percent final Value Added Tax (VAT) from MII, which is a violation from the National Internal Revenue Code.

The project “Buhay Carinderia” was supposed to promote carinderia fare across the country.

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