Manila (AdChoiceTV News) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr led the oath-taking and scholarship contract signing of two PCG-sponsored cadets to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila yesterday, 04 June 2021.
Under the PCG’s International Cadetship Program, KIETH NICO CARREON and JOHN REX GAVIOLA will become part of the USCGA, Class of 2025. Cadet Carreon and Cadet Gaviola were chosen from a total of 111 aspiring PCG cadets who applied for said scholarship program.
Cadet Carreon, a resident of Cagayan de Oro City, graduated with flying colors from Gusa Regional Science High School.
Cadet Gaviola, on the other hand, graduated from Philippine Science High School Main Campus, with high honors. His family is based in Caloocan City.
During the activity, Admiral Ursabia reminded the PCG cadets that going to a foreign country to learn puts them in a unique position to showcase their knowledge and re-echo what they learned once they returned to the Philippines.
“As scholars, this send-off comes with the promise of personal growth, international camaraderie, and commitment to PCG and our country,” the PCG Commandant said.
“To our dear cadets, you will now face an opportunity like no other and learn from one of the best and the reputable institutions in the world. Getting into the international cadetship program is a rewarding experience. Cherish it, enjoy it, and prepare for it,” Admiral Ursabia added.
Cadet Carreon and Cadet Gaviola will be formally appointed as international cadets of the USCGA, Class of 2025 on the swearing-in ceremony at the USCGA, New London, Connecticut on 28 June 2021.
Upon graduation, Cadet Carreon and Cadet Gaviola will be commissioned in the PCG with the rank of Ensign, and will deliver a minimum of eight years of continuous active service. This is part of the vision of establishing a world-class Cadet Corps as pioneers to the development of the PCG Academy.
Meanwhile, the PCG Commandant also recognized the U.S. Coast Guard and the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Education and Training (CG-12) for their significant roles in making the scholarship program possible.
“Our profound thanks go to our partners from the U.S. Coast Guard headed by Admiral Karl L Schultz and the CG-12, for paving the way for this international cadetship program and to the respective families who have raised and nurtured these young men in becoming outstanding individuals worthy of greater opportunities,” Admiral Ursabia concluded.
Also present during the ceremony were Commodore Ferdinan Picar, the Chief of Coast Guard Staff, Captain Mitzie Silva-Campo, the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Maritime Security (CG-14) and Acting Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Education and Training (CG-12) and Commander Michael Ross, U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Advisor.
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