PCG honors retiring senior officer, new PCG Central Visayas head named

Published October 21, 2021, 1:52 PM

by Waylon Galvez

After 37 years of service, a senior officer of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) credited for reforms in the agency bowed out of the uniformed service.

PCG Rear Admiral Jose William U. Isaga was honored in a retirement ceremony held on Monday in Cebu.

During his stint at the District Central Visayas post, Isaga led several projects to improve the living conditions of PCG personnel, including the refurbishment of the Petty Officer’s barracks and the Strikers Barracks.

Isaga also initiated the construction of the District’s Grandstand, Chapel, the Retiree’s Lounge, and Flagpole, which were made possible with the help of various stakeholders and PCG Auxiliary (PCGA) members.

The biggest contribution, however, of Isaga was when one of the District’s stations, the PCG Station Northern Cebu, acquired its first-ever sail yacht, which was an additional floating asset to deliver better public service to the province.

PCG Commandant, CG Vice Admiral Leopoldo V. Laroya graced the event that also coincided with the 54th founding anniversary of the PCG District. Laroya presented Isaga with the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal and Ribbon in recognition of his 37 years of public service.

Laroya also welcomed incoming District Commander of the Central Visayas, CG Commodore Agapito B. Bibat, who was named as Isaga’s replacement.