Cheloy Garafil
Garafil in 2022
Secretary of the Presidential Communications Office
Assumed office
October 7, 2022
OIC until January 10, 2023; Position was known as the Press Secretary until December 29, 2022
PresidentBongbong Marcos
Preceded byTrixie Cruz-Angeles
Chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board
In office
June 30, 2022 – October 7, 2022
PresidentBongbong Marcos
Preceded byMartin B. Delgra III
Succeeded byTeofilo E. Guadiz III
Personal details
BornPura, Tarlac, Philippines
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas (BA, LL.B)
National Defense College of the Philippines (MNSA)
Military service
Allegiance Philippines
Branch/service Philippine Air Force Reserve Command
RankLieutenant Colonel

Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil is a Filipino lawyer and former journalist who serves as the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Office.


Garafil attended the University of Santo Tomas (UST) where she graduated with a communication arts degree. She later pursued law studies in the same university, then passed the bar examination in 2003.[1]



Prior to working in the government, Garafil served as a reporter for the newspaper Malaya. She also worked for the Philippine Daily Globe and the Central News Agency of Taiwan.[1]


Garafil worked as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.[1]

On October 7, 2022, Garafil resigned as chair of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to assume the position of Officer in Charge of the Office of the Press Secretary.[2] The office would later be reorganized as the Presidential Communications Office on December 29, 2022.[3][4] She would lead the office under a regular capacity when she took oath as Press Secretary on January 10, 2023.[5]

Personal life

Garafil's house (registered under the name of a relative) was totally destroyed by a 2-hour fire at 8:30 p.m., February 15, 2024 which started at 67 year old Korean national Kim Jong Hoo house at Gabriela Silang Street, New Capitol Estates 1, Batasan Hills. “Ma’am [Garafil] is okay, she is currently staying with her relatives,” SFO4 Mark Modia and Capt. Zeter Patalinghug said.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c Reyes, Dempsey; Corrales, Nestor (October 8, 2022). "LTFRB's Garafil tapped as Palace media OIC". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  2. ^ Cordero, Ted (October 7, 2022). "LTFRB chair Garafil steps down, accepts OIC post in Office of Press Secretary". GMA News. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "Executive Order No. 11, s. 2022" (PDF). Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. December 29, 2022.
  4. ^ Romero, Alexis (January 5, 2023). "Marcos reorganizes Office of the President". The Philippine Star. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  5. ^ "From OIC to secretary: Cheloy Garafil now heads Malacañang communications arm". The Philippine Star. January 10, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  6. ^ "PCO chief's house damaged in QC fire". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 16, 2024. Retrieved February 16, 2024.
  7. ^ Reyes, Victor (February 13, 2024). "PCO secretary's house razed by fire". Malaya. Retrieved February 13, 2024.