The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has affirmed anew its commitment to international peace and solidarity by sending a new contingent to the United Nations Disengagement Observers Force (UNDOF).
Members of the 3rd Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights (PCGH) held a send-off ceremony Wednesday at the National Capital Region Command grandstand with AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo A. David Jr. as guest of honor and speaker.
The 3rd PCGH is composed of 370 members (48 officers and 322 enlisted personnel), wherein 14 are female. They will fly to Golan Heights, Syria from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Pampanga on Nov. 6 (1st serial) and Nov. 14 (2nd serial).
Col. Sanny L. Gadot (MNSA) PA, Contingent Commander of the 3rd PCGH, rendered the completeness and readiness report before the AFP Chief at Wednesday’s ceremony.
In his speech, David congratulated the members of the 3rd PCGH for successfully completing their pre-deployment training and the real challenge now lies in “preserving peace in one of the world’s most troubled regions – Golan Heights.”
He also expressed his confidence that the peacekeepers will display the highest form of decorum and professionalism during their stint there.
“I am confident that you are ready to perform your task with excellence. I know that you will make the Filipinos proud in the United Nations. The Filipinos are known for their excellence and hardwork in performing the tasks given to them, that’s why I’m confident that you will once more give pride for our country,” said David.
The AFP has been sending its troops to the UN as part of its commitment in upholding global peace and security. The Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights first sent its troops to Syria in November 2009. The Force Commander of UNDOF is headed by Major General Natalio C. Ecarma.
The AFP sends off its troops in the virtue of U.N. Security Council Resolution 3500 (1974) dated May 1974, when the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was established.