MANILA, PHILIPPINES —The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has welcomed Vice-Admiral Narciso A. Vingson Jr. as officer-in charge (OIC) of MARINA. This is following the appointment of Vingson into the position by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of former MARINA administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero as the new chief of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). The announcement was made during the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Manila.
Previously, Vingson was appointed as the new Executive Director of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Office (STCWO) on October 15, 2018 by President Duterte. He took his office of oath at the MARINA Central office on October 22, 2018.
After graduating with the PMA Sandiwa Class of 1985, Vingson started his duty and subsequently commissioned ensign in the Philippine Navy. There, he fulfilled various focal positions which gave him a deeper understanding and appreciation of staff functions and role.
Vingson has undergone training courses in the US such as in Anti-submarine Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Naval Gunfire Operation, and Combat Information Center Operation. He also earned a degree in Master of Science in Systems Engineering at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey.
During his early years, Vingson served as branch chief at the offices of the naval staff for personnel, operations, weapons, communications, electronics, and information system. He was also Admin Officer at the Office of the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy. Later on, he was assigned as the Education and Training Officer at the Naval Education and Training Center. This was before he served as principal staff for personnel of the Philippine Fleet.
Vingson was considered a “seadog” in the Navy as he had commanded three commissioned vessels: a patrol gunboat, the BRP Alberto Navarette (PG394); a patrol craft escort, the BRP Iloilo (PS32); and the Presidential Yacht, the BRP Ang Pangulo (AT25).
Vingson then took on higher responsibilities in the Navy hierarchy and was chosen as the primary staff for personnel at the Headquarters Philippine Navy. There, he crafted the “Philippine Navy Human Capital Strategy.”,an innovative approach in maritime training in the Philippines for the goal of producing highly competent and motivated naval service professionals.
In 2013, Vingson was assigned as the Deputy Commander of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). As Deputy Commander, he earned his first star before returning to the NETC as its commander and gaining his second star three years later. Vingson had also commanded the Sealift Amphibious Command in 2014 and became Deputy Commander of the Philippine Fleet in 2015.
Being in the naval service for the past 31 years, Vingson was then assigned as the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He was also assigned as Inspector General on December 2016. He quickly rose to his current position, earning his third star.
In January 2017, a month after being assigned as the designated Inspector General, Vingson was assigned as the 73rd Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFP, the chief strategist and policy maker of the military.
Currently, Vingson will temporarily takeover the administration of the day-to-day activities of MARINA. In addition, he will concurrently fulfill his role as the Executive Director of the STCW Office, the MARINA unit primarily responsible for the implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers 1978, as amended or the STCW Convention in the Philippines.