Meet the new BFAR chief, Ret. Commodore Eduardo Gongona
Ret. Commodore Eduardo Gongona retired from the Philippine Coast Guard last year. He and his family has been living in General Santos City for the past 15 years although neither he or his wife are from there. He describes GenSan as “a place full of opportunities” and no typhoons.
Gongona grew up in Bicol while his wife, Vange, is from Manila.
In his Facebook profile, Gongona took up Mechanical Engineering at Bicol University before going to the Philippine Military Academy and pursuing a career in the armed forces.
He also went to De La Salle University for an MBA in the 1990s and finished all the required courses but admitted that he didn’t finish the defense of his dissertation to graduate.
“My service experience qualifies me as a maritime safety expert, maritime security expert, marine environmental expert, maritime operations expert,” he said on a post in LinkedIn.
He set up a small farm which he bought with his retirement money and started a trading business, EMJIM enterprise, selling industrial garments such as safety shoes, overalls, and GenSan’s abundant produce—fish, marine products, and fruits and vegetables.
For his farm and his trading business, his strategy is to start small and think big.
He planted bananas, cacao, and guyabano in his farm and set up the trading business while waiting for the trees to bear fruit.
His wife had been wanting him to go back into an eight-to-five routine again, wearing shiny shoes, clean clothes, and have his hair nice and neat again.
She didn’t have to wait too long and even Gongona saw it coming.
His last line on his LinkedIn post goes:
“Thinking it over, the farm, the trading, they are there to yield and grow in time. Yes, I should work again. The best of me is not yet there.”