The United Nations has awarded the newest batch of Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights as they were given UN Medals in recognition of their efforts in maintaining peace and security in the region.
After three months of deployment in the Syrian territory that is occupied by Israel, members of the 5th Philippine Contingent were given the symbolic token of appreciation at Camp Ziouni, Golan Heights. The contingents were under the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
Commanding Officer of the Philippine Battalion Lt. Col. Ramon Estella led his troops during the Medal Parade and pinning. Among the special guests were Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso Calonge and Major General Natalio Ecarma III, head of mission and UNDOF force commander.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the deployment of Pinoy troops is a challenge to test their courage and endurance. It said the troops have maintained the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in the performance of their responsibility in their areas of operation.
Since the 1950s, the Philippines has sent peacekeeping troops in Korea, Congo, Afghanistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Darfur, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Kashmir, Kosovo, Nepal, Sudan, and Timor Leste.