UN awards Pinoy peacekeepers in Liberia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2009 06:23 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2009 02:24 AM

The United Nations awarded medals to Filipino peacekeepers assigned in Liberia in a ceremony held last week in Monrovia, the foreign affairs department said.

According to the DFA press statement, the UN paid tribute to the members of the 11th Philippine Peacekeeping Contingent serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for upholding “UN values of integrity, professionalism and respect for the people and communities they serve” as well as to their contribution in maintaining peace and stability in Liberia.

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said the 135 Pinoy peacekeeping members serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) were presented with medals by Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Loj, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and head of UNMIL.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Loj cited members of the contingent who have discharged their duties with discipline and rigor. Ambassador Løj made special mention of the recent decision of the Philippine government to send more women to peacekeeping missions as she described the role of the nine Filipina peacekeepers serving in UNMIL’s clerical and logistical components as “invaluable to our success”. 
 
The ambassador also said that the poetic work of Filipina peacekeeper Consolacion Frias, whose collection of peacekeeping–inspired poetry “moves us all to further embrace our roles as protectors of peace and justice with great pride.”
 
Special recognition was given to the contingent commander, Lt. Col. Arnel dela Vega, for his strong leadership and inspiration to all of the officers to live up to the highest ideals.
 
The participation of the Philippines in Liberia, Dela Vega said, manifests the government’s firm resolve to become an active and committed partner of the UN in bringing peace and stability to Liberia and other nations.