MANILA, Philippines?The United Nations has commended Filipino military peacekeepers in Liberia for executing their duties with ?dignity and professionalism and for doing so always with a smile,? according to the Philippine mission to the UN in New York.
Ambassador Hilario Davide Jr., Philippine permanent representative to the UN in New York, said in his report to the home office that 135 members of the 12th Philippine Contingent serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (Unmil) received UN peacekeeping medals from UN Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj in ceremonies in the capital, Monrovia, on Tuesday.
In her speech, Løj, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and head of Unmil, expressed her appreciation to the Filipino peacekeepers led by Lt. Col. Vicente Gregorio Tomas for their hard work and contributions to peacekeeping efforts in Liberia.
Løj also applauded the security and defense platoons responsible for area, point and security patrols at Unmil headquarters, for carrying out their tasks with discipline and rigor.
Referring to the community outreach activities of the members of the 12th Philippine Contingent, the UN envoy quoted a Philippine proverb, which says: ?It is easy to be human, but it is hard to be humane.?
Løj likewise thanked the Filipino peacekeepers for the cleanup drive of the Sun Beach area near Camp Abuja in Monrovia.
She also noted their plans to offer humanitarian assistance to orphanages in collaboration with religious leaders in Monrovia over the Christmas holidays.
The Philippines has a total of 166 peacekeepers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police serving in Unmil. Of this number, 135 are attached to the Force Headquarters Security Unit responsible for securing Unmil Headquarters; two are assigned as Unmil staff officers; and 26 are UN police officers.
The Philippines also has peacekeepers supporting UN operations in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Darfur, the Golan Heights, Haiti, Kashmir, Sudan and Timor Leste.