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Next’s press secretary concedes that the new role necessitates self-discipline.’

MANILA – Press Secretary-designate Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles revealed on Thursday that she was apprehensive at first to take her new job, stressing that she would be representing the President and the government and that the job demanded “self-discipline.”

Cruz-Angeles said it took her a long time to agree to be the next Press Secretary because she was used to simply promoting herself as a radio analyst and YouTuber.

“Hindi po ako sanay (I’m not used to) not being able to directly express myself, so kailangan alam ko, kailangan ng self-discipline ito…

I’m no longer just speaking for myself….

“Because you have to represent the government and the state, everything you say could have implications,” she explained.

Cruz-Angeles admitted that she was aware that saying yes would “dramatically affect” her life, but she eventually accepted the job offer because she did not want to miss out on the opportunity to serve her country and people.

“Parang nahiya naman kasi ang tanong kasi sa akin is ‘Willing ka ba magserbisyo sa gobyerno, willing ka ba magserbisyo sa bayan?'” (I was hesitant because the question I was asked was, ‘Are you willing to serve the government, are you willing to serve the nation?’) Pagka ganun po yung pagkasabi, nakakahiya naman tumanggi di ba (I was hesitant because the question I was asked was, ‘Are you willing to serve the government, are you willing to serve the nation?’ It would be awkward to decline if that’s how they say it, right)?” she continued.

She claimed that anyone given the opportunity to serve in the government would jump at the chance.

“‘Yun yung isang big factor kung bakit na-persuade po ako (That is one major factor why I was persuaded),” she remarked.

Employees of the PCOO are being regularized.

Meanwhile, Cruz-Angeles has stated that she intends to investigate the potential of regularizing more casual employees of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and its affiliated organizations.

“We’re going to look into regularizing personnel who don’t have a plantilla post but are doing the work of those who do,” she said. “However, this will be subject to DBM [Department of Budget and Management] clearance at saka (and) the budget.”

Much governmental personnel in various government agencies have yet to be regularized, she acknowledged.

“This is not unique to the PCOO; it occurs throughout government,” she continued, “so we will do our best to provide some level of security to our staff.”

Cruz-Angeles previously stated that in her first 100 days in office, she will conduct regular monitoring of the accomplishments of all agencies, bureaus, and offices under the PCOO.

Personnel selection

In terms of who will join her team, Cruz-Angeles stated that 80 percent of roles are subject to application processes.

“Majority of the time, mayroon mga ilang mga vacancies that aren’t…

They are still evaluating kung sino ilalagay dun (there are already some spaces…), subject of course to the application procedure na pinublish ng ating (published by our) President-Elect [Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.], subject din (also) to internal recommendations,” she said.

She did say, though, that Marcos Jr.’s personal choices would take precedence.

“Nakikinig naman kami sa lahat ng panig pero kung mayroon din kunwari napupusuan ang (We listen to all sides, but if the (President-elect) has any personal preference) in respect to any viewpoint, then that will, of course, take precedence.” “There are always discussions bago po mayroong mapili (before someone is chosen),” she continued.

The People’s Television Network (PTV-4), News and Information Bureau-Philippine News Agency, Philippine Information Agency, Intercontinental Broadcasting Corp., Radio Television Malacanang, Bureau of Broadcast Services, Bureau of Communications Services, National Printing Office, and Apo Production Unit, Inc. make up the PCOO, the Philippine government’s lead communications arm.

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