The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has made some key changes to its organizational structure in the wake of the “payroll scam” that rocked the government sports body.
PSC chairman William Ramirez explained that the changes that they were making were a means to ensure that they had all the bases covered.
“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,” said Ramirez a week after a PSC employee was apprehended by the National Bureau of Investigation for funneling funds intended for national coaches and athletes into his own bank account.
The man, who was identified as Paul Michael Ignacio, was assigned at the PSC Personnel Department.
The initial revamp saw Guillermo Iroy, Jr. being moved from deputy executive director to acting Executive Director.
THE Philippine Sports Commission has made changes to its organizational structure a week after the arrest of an agency staff for stealing government money. Merlita Ibay has been reinstalled as Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administrative Services after previously functioning as the acting Executive Director. Queenie Evangelista is also now acting Deputy Executive Director who is tasked with leading the Bureau of Coordinating Secretariat and Support Services.
The PSC announced that there will be more changes in the days to come.
The PSC said further changes within the agency will be made within the week.
In a statement, the PSC “acknowledged lapses in the agency and vowed to ensure that necessary investigation, correction and sanction are done” after the unfortunate incident that saw Ignacio come away with over P14 million in a span of five years.
“I feel sad, frustrated, and hurt but we all have to have composure,” Ramirez said. (JNP)