PH Coast Guard reshuffles key positions

MANILA, Philippines –The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reshuffled a number of key positions on Monday, February 2.

The reshuffling included the designation of Commodores George Ursabia and Joselito Dela Cruz as the new district commanders of PCG Palawan and PCG Southern Mindanao, respectively.

Ursabia replaced Commodore Efren Evangelista, who has been reassigned to the agency's Cebu district.

Captain Oscar Endona, deputy chief of the Coast Guard staff, assumed Dela Cruz' former post as chief of Coast Guard staff. Captain Teotima Borja took over Endona's previous position as deputy chief of the Coast Guard staff.

In other posts, Commodore Joel Garcia took on the position of the new district commander of National Capital Region-Central Luzon. Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Cecil Chen took over command of PCG Fleet from Commodore Dela Cruz.

The PCG Fleet is one of the major units of the agency, and is primarily responsible for the operation of its vessels, aircraft, Special Operations Group, and K-9 Unit.

Commodore Elson Hermogino accepted a new assignment as head of the Maritime Safety Services, taking over following the retirement of Commodore Gilbert Rueras.

Rear Admiral Luis Tuason took over the Marine Environmental Protection Command, while Commodores Aaron Reconquista and Athelo Ybanez became the new heads of PCG’s Education and Training Command and Maritime Law Enforcement Security, respectively. –