PN gives warm send-off to PHL peacekeeping contingent to Haiti

December 22, 2012 9:50 am 

MANILA, Dec. 22 — The Philippine Navy (PN) on Saturday gave a warm send-off to the 12 officers and 145 enlisted personnel, all of them from the naval service, representing the country's 16th peace keeping contingent to Haiti.

The event was held at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

Col. Omar Tonsay, PN spokesperson, said the peacekeeping force will relieve the 15th peacekeeping contingent who is expected to arrive in the Philippines Sunday.

Tonsay said that the 16th contingent is the third all-Navy force dispatched by the Philippines to help in the ongoing peacekeeping mission in quake-devastated Haiti.

He said the Philippine contingent will be tasked with perimeter security, administrative and logistic clerical service, operate the United Nations vehicles, and provide security for VIPs and other dignitaries.

The PN spokesperson said the unit's tour of duty is expected to last between six to nine months. (PNA)

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