COAST GUARD VICE ADMIRAL LEOPOLDO V LAROYA
The 28th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard was born in Quezon City. He began his military career in 1983 when he entered the Philippine Military Academy and graduated as a proud member of the prestigious “Maringal” Class of 1988.
His passion for learning enabled him to successfully complete his post-graduate studies at World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden and earned the degree of Masters in Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection in 2000.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commandant for Operations, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Laroya was entrusted with various major positions such as Commander of the Maritime Safety Services Command; Coast Guard Education and Training Command; and Maritime Security and Law Enforcement Command.
He also served as District Commander of the Philippine Coast Guard Districts in Western Visayas, Northwestern Luzon, Southwestern Mindanao, and Bicol.
He successfully earned the most coveted Command at Sea badge having commanded two flagships of Coast Guard search and rescue vessels namely: BRP Batangas (SARV-004) and BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502).
His dedication to public service has been reflected through his remarkable achievements and numerous awards received throughout his career. Among the awards conferred to him are the following: Coast Guard Legion of Honor, Bronze Cross Medal, Outstanding Achievement Medals, Superior Achievement Medals, Coast Guard Search and Rescue Medals, Military Merit Medals and other numerous medals, ribbons and commendations.
He is a dedicated husband to his lovely wife, Rowena and a loving father to his only son, Zach.