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09 DECEMBER 2009
UN COMMENDS RP PEACEKEEPERS IN LIBERIA
NEW YORK—The United Nations on Tuesday awarded medals to Filipino military peacekeepers serving in Liberia, commending them for executing their duties with “dignity and professionalism and for doing so always with a smile.”
In its report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said that 135 members of the 12th Philippine Contingent serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) were presented with UN peacekeeping medals by UN envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj in ceremonies in the capital, Monrovia.
In her speech, Ambassador Løj, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and head of UNMIL, expressed her appreciation to the Filipino peacekeepers led by Lt. Col. Vicente Gregorio Tomas for their hard work and contributions to peace in Liberia.
Ambassador Løj also applauded the security and defense platoons responsible for area, point and security patrols, at UNMIL headquarters for carrying out their tasks with discipline and rigor.
Referring to the community outreach activities of the members of the 12th Philippine Contingent, the UN envoy quoted a Philippine proverb, which says “It is easy to be human, but it is hard to be humane.”
Ambassador Løj thanked the Filipino peacekeepers for the cleanup drive of the Sun Beach area near Camp Abuja in Monrovia. She also noted their plans to offer humanitarian assistance to orphanages in collaboration with religious leaders in Monrovia over the Christmas holidays.
The Philippines has a total of 166 personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police serving in UNMIL. Of this number, 135 are attached to the Force Headquarters Security Unit responsible for securing UNMIL Headquarters; two are assigned as UNMIL staff officers; and 26 are UN police officers.
In addition to Liberia, the Philippines also has peacekeepers supporting UN operations in Afghanistan, Cote d’ Ivoire, Darfur, the Golan Heights, Haiti, Kashmir, Sudan and Timor Leste. ###
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