Commodore Jay Tristan Tarriela is an active commissioned officer of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), holding the appointment of deputy chief of Coast Guard Staff, Human Resource Management (CG-1) and adviser to the Commandant on Maritime Security Affairs, and as PCG spokesperson on the West Philippine Sea.
Tarriela has completed his Ph.D. degree at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) under the GRIPS Global Governance (G-cube) Program in Tokyo as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ASEAN Public Policy Leadership scholar.
He attended numerous military and coast guard training, locally and abroad. He holds a graduate degree from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Graduate School and a Master of Policy Studies degree from GRIPS and the Japan Coast Guard Academy, where he was part of the first batch of the Maritime Safety and Security Program launched jointly by both institutions in 2016.
He was chosen as part of the inaugural cohort of the 2021 Pacific Forum U.S.-Philippines’ Next Generation Leaders’ Initiative. Further, he was selected as a fellow of the 2021 East-West Center U.S.-Philippines Alliance Fellowship in Washington, DC, USA.
Tarriela has written opinion-editorial articles published by The Diplomat, The National Interest, Analyzing War, and other leading publications. He is also a visiting professor at the National Defence College of the Philippines, Philippine Public Safety College, and the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Graduate School.