MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) — The Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) may see “some changes” in the coming days, officer-in-charge (OIC) Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil said on Monday.

FLAG CEREMONY. Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) officer-in-charge Undersecretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil attends the flag ceremony at the Mabini Hall, Malacañang Palace on Monday (Oct. 10, 2022). This is Garafil’s first flag-raising ceremony as undersecretary and officer-in-charge of the OPS after resigning as head of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board last week. (MNS photo)

Garafil, who was named OIC Press Secretary last week, said she was still wrapping her head around OPS operations.

“Ngayon pa lang kami magme-meeting talagang formally (It’s only now we’re formally meeting) on the operations ng OPS but definitely we’ll see some changes in the coming days,” she said in an interview with reporters.

She said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. offered her the OIC position following the resignation of lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles on Oct. 4.

“He said na kailangan ng someone sa OPS na makatulong (He said he needed someone in OPS who could help) and he offered me the OIC position so I said yes. Of course yes,” she said.

Garafil said she did not mind being offered the OIC Press Secretary position, saying she was happy as long as she continued to receive the trust and confidence of the President.

“‘Yun ang kanyang in-offer at ‘yun ang aking tinanggap. Actually, ang ano ko naman, hindi naman importante kung OIC o full-fledged na Secretary (That was what he offered and that’s what I accepted. Actually, it’s not important if the post offered is OIC or full-fledged Secretary),” she said.

“Ang mahalaga sa akin, ang importante sa akin ‘yung trust and confidence na binigay sa atin ng Pangulo. Binigyan niya tayo ng pagkakataon at ng trust na makatulong sa OPS so ‘yun ang importante sa akin (What’s important to me is the trust and confidence given to me by the President. He gave us the opportunity and trust to help the OPS so that’s what matters to me),” she added.

Prior to being OIC Press Secretary, Garafil was chair of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

She was also a prosecutor and state solicitor under the Justice Department and the Office of the Solicitor General, respectively.

Garafil was a journalist for over a decade, a former prosecutor at the Department of Justice and a state solicitor.

She was also a media officer of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (MNS)