MANILA, Philippines - The 7th Philippine contingent to the Golan Heights recently received the prestigious United Nations Service Medal.
The Filipino peacekeepers, who served for 112 days, were given the medal during the Medal Parade on March 22 at Camp Ziouani.
The awarding of the medals was led by Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D.G. Calonge and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Commander Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha.
LTC Ted B. Dumosmog INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of the 7th PCGH, said receiving the award is a sign of the international community's recognition of the Philippine contingent's contribution in maintaining peace in Golan Heights.
He said he felt proud for working with a group of people who are not only brave and talented, but also dedicated and focused in carrying out their duties.
UNDOF Force Commander Lieutenant General Singha commended the performance of the Filipino peacekeepers.
In his speech, Singha noted how the troops came well-prepared and continued to make themselves physically and mentally ready for their mission. He also praised them for taking proactive steps in intensifying efforts to achieve safety and security in their respective positions.
Ambassador Calonge also encouraged the Filipino peacekeepers to carry on their good work in the mission and to continue performing their duties with honor and dedication.
At the same time, the Filipino peacekeepers, with the support of the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, took the opportunity to promote Philippine tourism, culture and traditions to the guests. The embassy set up a booth to exhibit various local products, such as piña barong, capiz shells, placemats, key chains, and brochures featuring the best tourist spots in the Philippines.
The Philippines has been sending troops to UNDOF since 2009 when the Polish Contingent turned over its command to the country. With the 332 troops currently serving in UNDOF, the Philippines remains the 2nd biggest troop contributor to the peacekeeping mission.