AFP sends troops to Liberia, Haiti as part of UN peacekeeping force

March 14, 2011 10:00 pm 

MANILA, March 14 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) held a send-off ceremony for the 15th Philippine Contingent to Liberia (PCL) and the 13th Philippine Contingent to Haiti (PCH) in a program on Monday at the Canopy Area of the AFP General Headquarters Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The 15th PCL and 13th PCH are the AFP’s contributions to the United Nations as it continues to perform its role in the advocacy of international peace and solidarity.

They will also help ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian relief, alleviate human suffering due to conflict support and strengthen host government and the rule of law, protect human rights, women and children, participate in conflict mitigation measures, and prepare areas for humanitarian aid.

Col. Jorge B. Lomboy leads 107 enlisted personnel and eight officers under the 15th PCL.

On the other hand, Col. Ariel Caculitan, spearheads the 13th PCH, under which there are 143 enlisted personnel and 12 officers.

The PCL consists of 69 soldiers from the Philippine Army (PA), 20 from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and 25 from the Philippine Navy (PN). Comprising the PCH are 101 enlisted personnel from the PA, 21 from the PAF and 23 from the PN.

“Our troops have learned a lot on peacekeeping which is no different from our effort to uphold peace and security within the Filipino nation,” said AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo S.L. Oban Jr. who addressed the troops.

“The AFP’s contribution to UN missions provides us good venue for image building with the international community. Despite our own internal security concern, our country has never let go of its commitment for world peace and joins other democratic countries in this endeavor,” Oban said. (PNA)

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