Changes in OPS loom

Undersecretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Press Secretary, said she will be implementing changes in operations within the communications office.

In a media interview on Monday, Garafil said the public will see “some changes in the operations of the OPS in the coming days and weeks.”

Garafil attended her first flag-raising ceremony in Malacañang as OPS OIC on Monday.

She resigned as chairperson of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to serve in the OPS on Friday.

It was only last week, she bared, that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. offered her the post vacated by lawyer-vlogger Trixie Cruz Angeles, who resigned due to “health reasons” on 4 October.

Asked what made her accept the OIC position, Garafil said she simply wanted to help the national government’s press office.

“I don’t mind being the OIC. The most important thing for me is the trust and confidence given by the President to help the OPS,” she said.

Garafil was a journalist before her stint in the government, writing for several newspapers and news agencies, including the Associated Press.

She is not new to government, having served as the service director at the Committee on Rules of the House of Representatives, a prosecutor for the Department of Justice, and a State Solicitor for the Office of the Solicitor General.

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