MANILA (UPDATE) — President Rodrigo Duterte has named Vice Admiral Joel Garcia as the new commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, its spokesperson said Tuesday.
Currently deputy commandant for administration, Garcia will assume his new post on Thursday, replacing PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino who is set to retire from service, PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said in a statement.
Malacañang is "confident that the incoming Commandant, a man of vast knowledge, competence and integrity, would continue to lead and advance the PCG to greater heights," said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Garcia is the current executive director of the National Coast Watch Center under the Office of the President; and the chairperson of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Governing Council, based in Singapore.
He earned his Masters of Science degree in Maritime Safety Administration from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden and Masters in Shipping Management from the Philippine Merchant Academy, said the PCG.
Garcia also has a Doctors degree in Philosophy in Public Administration from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), PCG added.
Garcia commanded capital ships from the navy and the coast guard, held key positions at the headquarters and led 4 PCG districts, 2 functional commands and 2 major support commands.
Report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News