PGMA appoints actor Cesar Montano as Special Envoy

June 4, 2009 1:53 pm 

MANILA, June 4 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed Boholano movie actor/director Cesar Montano as Presidential Special Envoy for Film and Digital Cinema.

Montano’s appointment was signed by the President May 19, 2009.

Montano will receive no salary or emoluments from the Department of Foreign Affairs but will be accorded diplomatic status and be issued a diplomatic passport for the duration of his overseas missions.

Among Montano’s duties and responsibilities are to promote Philippine film and digital cinema by coordinating with the Departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Tourism (DOT), Trade and Industry (DTI), and Energy (DOE) in developing appropriate strategies and activities that will enhance the appreciation of Philippine cinema.

As special envoy for film and digital cinema, Montano will also take the lead in harnessing the private sector to participate in activities for Philippine cinema promotion.

It will likewise be Montano’s task to take the lead in helping reshape the Philippine image overseas by projecting a positive and accurate image of the country as depicted in films and digital cinema.

Montano will also assume the responsibility of taking the lead in using the country’s cinema for investment promotions and global linkages.

Montano was a senatorial candidate of the administration in the 2007 elections but lost the race. (PNA)



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