Two future Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officers Kieth Nico Carreon and John Rex Gaviola were awarded scholarships under PCG’s International Cadetship Program. They will be part of United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) Class of 2025.
PCG commandant Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr. led the oath-taking and scholarship contract signing at National Headquarters PCG, Port Area, Manila on June 4.
“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,” PCG said.
Admiral Ursabia told 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 chief 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.