Seasoned mariner is new PH Coast Guard chief

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2020 03:00 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2020 10:29 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Monday seasoned mariner Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr as the new commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Ursabia is the 27th commandant of the PCG following the retirement of Admiral Joel Garcia.

Malacañang said it is confident in Ursabia's ability to lead the PCG.

"We are confident that the appointment of Mr. Ursabia will bring the PCG closer to its vision of being a world-class guardian of the sea," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

"We wish the new Commandant good luck as he begins to lead the PCG in this challenging time," he added.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy "Hinirang" Class of 1987, Ursabia has more than 36 years of experience both in the Philippine Navy and the PCG.

The PCG said Ursabia has 7 years of sea experience and has commanded 3 Coast Guard Search And Rescue vessels, and 3 patrol boats of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Prior to his appointment as PCG commandant, Ursabia was the commander of the Task Group Laban COVID-19 Water Cluster composed of the PCG, Philippine Navy, and the Police Maritime Group.