Hon. Patrick Joseph Alfonso Javier took his oath of office as the new General Manager of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) on January 12, 2016 at the Department of Agriculture before Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.
He was appointed by the PFDA Board of Directors (PFDA-BOD) in an election held on the same day, through Board Resolution No. 16001. Prior to this, President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed him as a member of the PFDA Board of Directors representing the Private Sector of the fishery industry. This made him eligible for the position of GM because the PFDA top management position is chosen from among the members of the PFDA-BOD.
GM Javier is not new to public service. He was the Vice Mayor of the City of Navotas from 2004 to 2013. Among his advocacies are marine environmental protections, eradication of illegal fishing practices, and alternative livelihoods for fisherfolk.