NEWLY appointed Philippine Sports Commission official Wigberto `Iggy’ Clavecilla hopes to immediately introduce programs aimed at addressing the sagging performances of the country's athletes in international competitions.
“What I really want to impress on the PSC is to have that sense of urgency,” said Clavecilla. “Iniiwan na tayo ng mga kapitbahay natin. Hopefully, we can get ourselves organized, and put our house together so that we can compete [well] internationally.”
Clavecilla, 66, a former amateur standout who is the skipper of the multi-titled Luisita golf team, set foot in the PSC office for the first time on Thursday. He was officially appointed to the PSC post last June 13, although his papers didn’t reach the government sports agency until Tuesday.
He was personally welcomed and toured around the PSC premises by chairman Ricardo Garcia, a fellow golfer, executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy, and commissioners Jose Luis Gomez and Salvador `Buddy’ Andrada.
Asked what specific programs he has in mind, Clavecilla replied, “This is my first day (in office) so let me study first.”
Clavecilla will be formally introduced to PSC employees during the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, coinciding with his formal oath-taking before Garcia.
The following day, he will attend his first official PSC Board meeting.
Clavecilla admitted having mixed emotions taking over the position previously held by former basketball star Joaquin `Chito’ Loyzaga.
“This is the first time I’ll work for the government, so I don’t exactly know what to expect. But I’m confident that I’ll be able to help in a small way,” said the commissioner.
Clavecilla held many positions in the corporate world prior to his appointment as sports official.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco Jr. was the one who reportedly pushed for his appointment.