President Aquino has promoted Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena to the rank of Vice Admiral (VADM).
PCG spokesman Commander Armando Balilo said Aquino approved and signed Isorena’s promotion last January 3. The appointment order was officially transmitted to the Office of the DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya yesterday.
Isorena is the 25th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard and succeeded Vice Admiral Edmund Tan, who retired from the service last December 15, 2012.
Vice Admiral Rodolfo D. Isorena hails from the Province of Virac, Catanduanes. He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), belonging to the SANDIGAN Class of 1982. He was commissioned as Ensign in the Philippine Navy (PN) in 1982 and has been assigned to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) since 1993.
Prior to his designation as the PCG Commandant, Rear Admiral Isorena was previously the Commander of the Coast Guard Fleet, the largest unit of the PCG composed of highly technical and specialized operating units such as Coast Guard Aviation Group, Coast Guard Ready Force (All Vessels of PCG), Special Operations Group and Coast Guard K-9.
Vice Admiral Isorena also held four Coast Guard Districts as District Commander and was also entrusted positions in the major commands of the PCG, such as Coast Guard Education and Training Command and has served as the Chief of Coast Guard Staff of the Philippine Coast Guard.