Joel Garcia as new Coast Guard Chief

Vice Admiral Joel Garcia. Philippine Coast Guard/File

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Vice Admiral Joel Garcia as the new commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday.

PCG Spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said, Garcia, the current deputy commandant for administration, will start on his new post on Thursday and will replace PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino, who will soon retire from service.

Panelo said, “[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.”

Garcia holds the executive director post for National Coast Watch Center under the Office of the President; and the chairperson of the Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Governing Council.

According to PCG, 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, and Doctors degree in Philosophy in Public Administration from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST).

He 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.