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Pinoy peacekeepers in Golan Heights conferred prestigious UN medal

April 7, 2014 12:10pm
Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights have been awarded the prestigious United Nations Service Medal for the performance of their mission.

The award was given to the members of the 7th Philippine Contingent to the Golan Heights (PCGH)  during the Medal Parade held on March 22 at Camp Ziouani.

Lieutenant General Singha, commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), commended the Filipino peacekeepers, saying they have done exceedingly well in their mission.  

In his speech, he noted how the troops came well-prepared and continued to make themselves physically and mentally disposed for their mission.  

Singha also praised them for taking proactive steps in intensifying efforts to achieve safety and security in their respective positions.  

The Filipino peacekeepers have been in Golan Heights for over 100 days, according to a news release from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The DFA said the awarding of the medals was led by Singha and Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D.G. Calonge.

Lt. Col. Ted Dumosmog, head of the 7th PCGH and the first recipient of the medal in the group, congratulated his fellow peacekeepers, saying that receiving the award was one of the most significant events in a peacekeeper’s life as it signifies the honorable recognition by the international community of the vital contribution of the Philippine Contingent in maintaining peace in the Golan Heights.  

He added that 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.

In his message, Calonge encouraged the Filipino peacekeepers to carry on their good work in the mission and to continue performing their duties with honor and dedication.  

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 second biggest troop contributor to the peacekeeping mission. — KBK, GMA News
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