Philippine Coast Guard
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has donned the rank of Admiral to the chief of the country’s civilian coastal force.
On May 8, the commander-in-chief approved the petition to promote Rear Adm. Elson Hermogino to the four-star rank having been appointed as the commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The general was a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy in 1985, and a finisher of a Master’s Degree in Maritime Administration at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden in 1996.
Earlier this year, he took over the helm of the PCG after serving as a station and district commander of various coastal units in Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Northern Mindanao, and the National Capital Region (NCR), and leading the Maritime Safety Services Command of the PCG fleet.
The Coast Guard was formerly part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Philippine Navy before it was transferred to the then Department of Transportation and Communications during the administration of Pres. Fidel Ramos.
At present, it is primarily tasked of enforcing maritime laws, conducting security operations, protecting marine environment and resources, and safeguarding life and property at sea.