President Duterte has promoted four captains of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) based on the recommendation of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.
From the rank of captain, Ramon S. Lopez, Joeven L. Fabul, Edgar L. Ybañez and Mitzie S. Silva-Campo were promoted to the rank of commodore.
The rank of commodore, equivalent to the rank of Brigadier General in the military.
Lopez, who hails from Legazpi City and was part of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1992, currently serves as the Deputy Commander of the Coast Guard Human Resource Management Command.
He also graduated from the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden with a major in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in 2007.
After finishing his assignments aboard Coast Guard vessels, he performed staff duties in the PCG District Southeastern Mindanao and PCG District Central Visayas and served as Station Commander of PCG Stations in Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Bohol, Southern Leyte and Ormoc.
Lopez also acted as Superintendent of the Coast Guard School and Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard Ready Force. Recently, aside from being the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Human Resource Management (CG-1), he was also the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Logistics (CG-4), and Deputy Inspector General.
Fabul, who is from Buhi, Camarines Sur, graduated from the PMA in 1992 and he also earned his Master of Science in Maritime Affairs specializing in Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection at the WMU in 2004.
He served various positions, including Coast Guard Finance Service, Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Comptrollership (CG-6), Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard Fleet, Commander of the Coast Guard Procurement Service, and Commander of PCG Stations in Sorsogon and Butuan City.
He also fulfilled his sea duty experience aboard search and rescue (SAR) vessels, BRP Tirad Pass (SAR-100) and BRP Bessang Pass (SAR-75).
Ybañez, a native of Quezon City, was part of the PMA Class of 1993.
He currently serves as District Commander of the PCG District Western Visayas following his assignment as Commander of the PCG District Northeastern Luzon and Deputy Commander of the Coast Guard Surface Support Force.
He also performed various duties at the Coast Guard Marine Environmental Protection Command, Coast Guard Education, Training, and Doctrine Command, and the PCG National Headquarters.
Ybañez was assigned as Station Commander of PCG Stations in Bacolod City, Dumaguit and Caticlan in Aklan, and in Basco, Batanes. He is a holder of ‘Command at Sea Badge’ for serving as commanding officer of three PCG capital ships.
On the other hand, Silva-Campo earned her master’s degree major in Law and Policy at the WMU in 2009.
The native of Digos City, Davao del Sur is the first female flag rank officer from the Davao region and the entire Mindanao, and the first PCG female general line officer to be promoted to Commodore.
Silva-Campo is currently the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Maritime Security Services (CG-14). Prior to that, she also served as the Commander of the Coast Guard Internal Audit Service and was designated as the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Education and Training.
From March 2016 to June 2019, Silva-Campo was deployed as the country’s representative in the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia-Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP-ISC), a government international organization based in Singapore.
The four will take oath to DOTr Secretary Tugade next week and their arrival honors and breaking of personal flags ceremonies will follow.