MANILA, Philippines, July 23 ------ The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will undergo changes in its organizational set-up, chairman William "Butch" Ramirez announced on Wednesday. The changes were approved in an executive meeting held Wednesday morning, a revamp which the board felt was needed in light of an employee’s fraudulent actions discovered last week. "It was a collective decision of the board as part of a plan to re-stabilize the organization," Ramirez said.
Part of the revamp is the appointment of Atty. Guillermo Iroy, Jr. as acting executive director. Merlita Ibay resumes her position as deputy executive director for finance and administrative services, her original appointment before being tapped to take on the acting executive director role. Queenie Evangelista, meanwhile, will head the Bureau of Coordinating Secretariat and Support Services as its acting deputy executive director.
Ramirez acknowledged the lapses in the agency and vowed to ensure that necessary investigation, correction, and sanction are done. "As the highest accountable official of the agency, I take responsibility to effect changes, to make sure that there are no gaps in the organization. I feel sad, frustrated, and hurt but we all have to have composure," said Ramirez, adding that he hopes all stakeholders and partners "are at peace with these decisions and continue to support us through this." So far, the National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice and the Office of the Solicitor General have been asked to assist with the investigation and case. Other leadership changes within the agency are set to be undertaken within the week.