Navy chief Bacordo retires, vice commander Bordado succeeds

The 38th Flag Officer In Command of the Philippine Navy (FOIC, PN), Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo relinquished the Navy’s top post to the incumbent vice commander, Rear Adm. Adeluis Bordado as he compulsorily bowed out from military service during the simple Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies held at the PN headquarters here noon today, June 8.

Secretary of National Defense (SND) Delfin Lorenzana graced the event as the presiding officer who handed over the PN Command Flag to the Navy’s no. 2 man that symbolically ushered him in as the new FOIC, PN and relieved Vice Admiral Bacordo of the duties and responsibilities he competently carried out for 16 months.

In his speech, outgoing Navy Chief Bacordo underscored fairness, accountability, transparency, execution and setting an example as the most important principles of his leadership. He then expressed confidence that Rear Admiral Bordado “is capable to bring the Navy forward to modern platforms, modern systems, and modern mindsets.

Bacordo, the salutatorian of PMA Hinirang Class of 1987, steered the Philippine Navy during one of its most challenging times in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This period has validated the Navy’s versatility to take on multifaceted challenges while ensuring the achievement of its vision of becoming strong and credible naval force. This vision was realized during his incumbency through the acquisition of the two brand new, multi-mission capable frigates, the BRPs Jose Rizal (FF150) and Antonio Luna (FF151) which also marked the beginning of the Navy’s new journey toward becoming modern and multi-capable force.

Bacordo had since endeavored the inculcation of modern mindsets among the sailors and marines, along with modern platforms and systems when he assumed the Navy’s helm in early 2020, and he retired while ensuring the continuity and sustainability of new defense capabilities in the decades to come.

Meanwhile, incoming FOIC, PN Bordado is a Camarines Sur native who graduated no. 4 of PMA Maringal Class of 1988. He is a well-rounded naval professional with expertise in operations, intelligence, information technology, budget, planning, education and training. Foremost of key positions he held include being the Chief of Naval Staff and commander of the AFP Education, Training and Doctrine Command, Naval Installation Command, Naval Forces Southern Luzon and Sealift Amphibious Force of the Philippine Fleet.

Rear Admiral Bordado in his assumption speech emphasized “Continuity and Change” as the two intertwined concepts which represent the direction of his leadership. “For the Philippine Navy to sustain its organizational development and modernization path, it is my responsibility to continue what our outgoing FOIC, Vice Adm. Giovanni Bacordo and his predecessors have already started. And as we pursue continuity in our initiatives and in our growth as an organization, change will be an inevitable effect and end-point. Your Philippine Navy will be steady on course, full speed ahead”, he elaborated.

In his remarks, the SND thanked Vice Admiral Bacordo “for excellently leading the Philippine Navy… at a challenging yet opportune time”, citing the challenges brought about by the pandemic and the recent development in the West Philippine Sea. “And I must say that it was your outstanding leadership, bolstered by unyielding commitment of our sailors and marines that made the Philippine Navy rise above those challenges”, added Lorenzana.

Secretary Lorenzana then congratulated Rear Admiral Bordado and enjoined him to “build upon the foundations laid by your predecessors while imprinting your own brand of leadership… [and] be the strength at all times to our sailors and marines, civilian human resource, and their families as the Philippine Navy continues to navigate the volatile security environment”. NAVY.MIL.PH