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Narciso A. Vingson, Jr. is the OIC administrator for the Maritime Industry Authority. Photo from Marina.

Narciso A. Vingson, Jr. has been designated as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

The appointment comes after President Rodrigo Duterte recently reassigned former Marina administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero as the new Bureau of Customs commissioner. Marina is an attached agency of the Department of Transportation.

Vingson, before his designation as Marina OIC, was appointed by the President on October 15, 2018 as executive director of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Office, which is under Marina.

After graduating with the Philippine Military Academy Sandiwa Class of 1985, Vingson began his tour of duty and was subsequently commissioned ensign at the Philippine Navy, where he served in various key positions.

As a naval warfare officer, Vingson trained in the United States in anti-submarine warfare, amphibious warfare, naval gunfire operation, and combat information center operation. He also pursued higher education at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, earning a degree in Master of Science in Systems Engineering.

During his junior years, Vingson served as branch chief at the offices of the naval staff for personnel, operations, weapons, communications, electronics, and information system. He also served as administration officer at the Office of the Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy, and later on was designated education and training officer at the Naval Education and Training Center. Following this, he was assigned as principal staff for personnel of the Philippine Fleet.

While in the Navy, Vingson was considered as a “sea dog” and commanded three commissioned vessels: patrol gunboat BRP Alberto Navarette (PG394); patrol craft escort BRP Iloilo (PS32); and Presidential Yacht BRP Ang Pangulo (AT25).

Further, he was chosen to be the primary staff for personnel at the Philippine Navy headquarters, during which he crafted the “Philippine Navy Human Capital Strategy,” an innovative approach to producing highly competent and motivated professionals for the naval service.

In 2013, Vingson was designated deputy commander of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), where he earned his first star, and three years later, he returned to NETC as its commander and gained his second star.

Vingson also commanded the Sealift Amphibious Command in 2014 and became deputy commander of the Philippine Fleet in 2015.

After 31 years in the naval service, Vingson was assigned to the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and designated as inspector general in December 2016. Shortly thereafter, he rose to his current position as vice admiral, earning his third star.

A month after being the inspector general, he was designated in January 2017 as the 73rd deputy chief of staff of the AFP, the chief strategist and policymaker of the military.

Vingson will temporarily take over the administration of the day-to-day activities of Marina, while also performing his role as the executive director of the STCWO, the Marina unit that is primarily responsible for implementing the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers 1978, as amended, or the STCW Convention, in the Philippines.

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