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PH participation in UN peacekeeping operations
« on: October 06, 2016, 05:15:17 PM »


A soldier holds a flag during the send-off ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City Metro Manila January 22, 2008. The Armed Forces of the Philippines deployed some 165 soldiers to Haiti and 155 soldiers to Liberia as part of the United Nations Peace keeping Force.
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Re: PH participation in UN peacekeeping operations
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2016, 11:33:55 AM »
PHL marks 71 years of partnership with UN
By Sammy Martin

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&sid=&nid=&rid=934312

MANILA, Oct. 25 (PNA) -- The Philippines and the United Nations (UN) kicked off this year’s UN Day celebration in the country by highlighting 71 years of partnership and reiterating their shared commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“The Philippines and the UN have made great strides together in surmounting some of the most complex humanitarian and development challenges. While we look back and celebrate our successes, we also look forward and stand even more committed to work hand in hand toward achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” UN Philippines Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren said at the UN Day observance jointly led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and UN.

The Philippines is one the founding members of the UN. Along with 49 other countries, it was among the first signatories of the UN Charter in June 1945.

In the 71 years that have passed since then, the Philippines has been a very active member of the United Nations, contributing to peace and security, development and humanitarian action at the global level.

In the Philippines, the partnership has led to a reduction in the percentage of Filipino families living below poverty and malaria-related deaths by half.

The number of undernourished households, underweight children and the mortality rate of children under five have also decreased significantly, while access to safe drinking water has reached 80 percent.

In more recent decades, UN and the Government have been tackling humanitarian crises, strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities and fighting climate change.

“The Philippines shall continue to engage the international community within the framework of the guiding principles of the UN and according to its time-honored processes and protocols,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay in his speech during the celebration at the Mall of Asia Monday night.

“In turn, the UN must continue to be an important platform through which nations can think through our common challenges and problems and act collectively for effective measures and solutions. Furthermore, we see the need to free ourselves from double standards, which only leave the weak at the mercy of the strong,” he added.

In a symbolic football kick with Philippine Azkals members Aly Borromeo, James Younghusband and Phil Younghusband, Secretary Yasay and Mr. Almgren placed the spotlight on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Since its adoption by 193 UN member states in September of 2015, this global agenda has been driving international commitment to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

“What we have signed up for is to hand over a better world to the next generation. If we achieve the goals by 2030, all Filipinos will have adequate nutritious and affordable food and better opportunities for education. They can live healthier and more prosperous lives, have better assets within reach such as energy, forests, coastal resources. They will live in communities safe from armed conflict and climate change. Both men and women will have equal access to all these, and they will have the power to ensure that these resources will continue to benefit future generations,” Almgren told attendees to the celebration.

The UN Day event was graced by senior government and UN officials, diplomats and dignitaries. It featured performances and appearances by UN celebrity ambassador and advocate KC Conception and Daphne Oseña-Paez, and celebrity guests Antoinette Taus and Gab Alipe of Urbandub. News anchor Lexi Schulze was the master of ceremonies.(PNA)
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Re: PH participation in UN peacekeeping operations
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2019, 03:46:34 PM »
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1066136
April 1, 2019, 1:12 pm
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As of this posting, the Philippines has committed 90 military observers and peacekeeping staff, one force headquarters support unit, and one aeromedical evacuation team to the UN Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System.

In addition to highlighting the progress made by member-countries in their commitment to UN peacekeeping missions, the meeting also served as a venue for the ministers to announce their respective pledges and concrete plans that are geared towards strengthening the capabilities and performance of uniformed personnel deployed in peacekeeping operations (PKOs) and ensuring the protection of civilians.

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The Philippines also recognizes the role of skilled and trained female peacekeepers to the success of PKOs.

The DND chief added that the Philippines commits to deploy more female peacekeepers in the future, supporting the holistic approach of the UN in peacekeeping missions.

See also: AFP Female Soldiers


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Re: PH participation in UN peacekeeping operations
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2019, 03:47:01 PM »
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https://www.balita.com/phl-peacekeepers-passed-land-mines-in-greatest-escape/
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PHL peacekeepers passed land mines in ‘greatest escape’
Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Catapang revealed the soldiers, who were surrounded in position 69, fled around Sunday midnight (Syrian time) towards a safe camp, but not without passing through land mines.

The daring feat started on Wednesday when the Syrian rebels, which has links to the al Qaeda network, captured peacekeepers from Fiji.

The rebels used two of the captured soldiers to demand the surrender of the Filipinos’ firearms.

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When the soldier told him that the rebels brought with them the abducted Fijians, Catapang stood his ground and said “it’s not our fault that they were captured. We will help them in some other way. We would look like a laughingstock to the entire world if we surrender our firearms.”

He said even the commander of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which employs the Filipino troops, ordered that they surrender their firearms once the rebels attack.

“I countermanded the order of the UNDOF commander who said that if we are attacked, we should surrender and raise the white flag,” he said.

He dismissed the commander’s order saying, “We will not do that. We won’t be put to shame.”

He said he knew the rules of engagement there since he was the one who was directed to set-up the Filipino delegation back in 2009.


A contingent of Philippine soldiers – more than 70 strong – manned this UN post in Golan Heights before engaging Syrian rebels for seven hours on Saturday. Though surrounded and attacked with heavy artillery, the Filipino UN peacekeepers held their ground and were able to escape through the cover of darkness. Photos of Filipino UN peacekeepers in Golan Heighs by First Consul Elmer G. Cato/DFA.


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Re: PH participation in UN peacekeeping operations
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2019, 03:47:24 PM »
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AFP insists Filipino peacekeepers ordered to surrender - September 4, 2014 - 6:45pm
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Catapang clarified that they are only questioning Singha's decision and not the UN's system.

He said they would continue to stand with Col. James  Enriquez, the Filipino UNDOF Chief of Staff who defied Singha's order. Enriquez has offered to resign but Singha just placed him on leave.

Last Sunday, 75 Filipino peacekeepers managed to escape from Syrian rebels who surrounded them and demanded that they surrender their firearms.

Before the standoff, Syrian militants held hostage 45 Fijian peacekeepers and seized their firearms.

Phl seeks review of UN peacekeeping duties - September 10, 2014 - 12:00am
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The call is contained in a letter sent last week by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Del Rosario is scheduled to meet with Ban in New York later this month to discuss the Philippine proposal.

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He said the troops chose not to surrender given the fact that the Fijian soldiers who had earlier opted to lay down their arms were taken instead by the Syrian rebels.

He said while the Philippine contingent recognized the authority of the UNDOF chief over all peacekeepers, it was “important to take into consideration the realities of the situation as well as Lt. Gen. Singha’s competency in dealing with crisis operations.”

“By retaining their arms, the Philippine troops had maintained a minimum defense posture against confirmed hostile forces while bearing in mind the principles of the approved UNDOF rules of engagement (ROE),” he stressed.

Philippines cites peacekeepers' professionalism before UN - September 30, 2014 - 12:29pm
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In a speech Monday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippine contingent "helped to safeguard world peace" in the face of grave danger as the conflict with Syrian rebels linked with al-Qaeda ensues.

"They have served with honor, distinction and professionalism in implementing peacekeeping mandates," Del Rosario said.

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In previous weeks, Filipino peacekeepers from Golan Heights arrived home earlier than scheduled due to deteriorating security conditions.

Del Rosario, nevertheless, thanked the UNDOF for its "invaluable assistance" in the "recent incidents" involving Filipino troops.

"Our collective action highlighted the importance that the international community continues to accord to UN peacekeeping," he said.

Change of mind? UNDOF chief praises Filipinos' courage - October 10, 2014 - 9:43am
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Singha, commander of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Golan Heights, briefed the United Nations Security Council on challenges facing peacekeepers on the ground. In an incident in August, 45 Fijian  peacekeepers were detained by armed members of the Syrian opposition, while 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines were surrounded in two positions by the al-Qaeda linked radicals.

"The Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers bravely faced the situation, and exhibited raw courage, resilience and patience," Singha said.

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"Despite of all such challenges, it is to the credit of the senior management and peacekeepers from all the troop-contributing countries that in all incidents of detentions since last year, all peacekeepers have been released safely without any harm," he added.

Singha was accused by the Philippine military of ordering Filipino troops to surrender their firearms to the rebels, a move that could have put their lives in graver danger. The UNDOF chief, however, criticized the group's defiance as "non-professional" and put more risks to the lives of the Fijian peacekeepers who were held hostage.


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Re: PH participation in UN peacekeeping operations
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2019, 03:49:15 PM »

https://www.rappler.com/nation/69574-filipino-peacekeepers-united-nations


Ready. In this photo taken on September 11, 2014, Filipino peacekeeper trainees, posing for photo along with their commander Colonel Roberto Ancan (front, C) after a drill simulating a hostile environment in a peacekeeping mission at the peackeepers training center in Capas, Tarlac. Ted Aljibe/AFP