THERE is a new head of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and he comes with a glowing service record.
President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. named Vice Admiral Ronnie Gil Gavan as the new Commandant of the PCG, according to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista during turnover rites held at the PCG headquarters in Port Area, Manila.
Gavan, who succeeds Commandant Artemio Abu who will retire from the uniformed service, will be the PCG’s 30th chief.
“I could not agree more with the choice of President Marcos for the 30th PCG Commandant. It’s difficult to question the wisdom of the decision,” Secretary Bautista said.
“Gavan’s credentials are impeccable. His service record shows he is of the same caliber as his predecessor,” he added.
Commandant Gavan will take over the PCG as the country faces various maritime challenges such as enforcing the country’s maritime domain, protection of Filipino fishers in the West Philippine Sea and protection of the country’s marine environment.
Before being named as the PCG chief, Commandant Gavan served as Deputy Commandant for Administration.
Commandant Gavan is a member of the PMA Maalab Class of 1993.