Ex-PCG chief Ursabia named as DOTr undersecretary

Published November 19, 2021, 5:01 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Retired Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant George V. Ursabia Jr. was appointed as the new undersecretary for maritime of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Newly appointed Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Maritime George V. Ursabia Jr. (Photo from Philippine Coast Guard)

Ursabia’s appointment was issued by President Duterte last Nov. 4, barely two months after he retired from his post as the PCG chief on Sept. 8.

While in command, Ursabia managed to boost the presence of the PCG in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and the southernmost part of the country through the Task Force “Pagsasanay.”

The PCG also enhanced its recruitment process and made sure that all regions in the country are given a rational quota to ensure inclusivity under his stint.

During Ursabia’s term as commandant, PCG systems and doctrines also underwent fine-tuning to make sure that its personnel can effectively deliver needed public service in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

As a humanitarian agency, the PCG also helped deliver aid to the country’s far-flung areas including Calayan Island, Pag-asa Island, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic,

Meanwhile, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade is optimistic that Ursabia’s “wealth of knowledge and vast experience” will further improve the country’s maritime industry.

“I am confident that the skills and experience in the maritime sector of my good friend, Usec. Ursabia, which were honed and tested as a long-time commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, will prove most valuable to the DOTr,” Tugade said.

“There is no doubt that Usec. Ursabia can steer the maritime sector to great lengths given his character, leadership style and experience,” he added.