135 All-Air Force Filipino peacekeepers deployed to Haiti

Philippine Air Force has deployed today the 135-strong all-PAF 19th Philippine Contingent to Haiti (19th PCH). The contingent formally bid farewell to their loved ones and families at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City 10 am, the state media Philippine News Agency reports.

The contingent will replace the Philippine Navy contingent 18th PCH scheduled to return to the country next week, July 14. Filipino peacekeepers to Haiti are participating in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

19th PCH has one doctor, two nurses and 13 female soldiers led by Col. Vincent Incognito.

The group departed for Haiti via a UN-chartered Ethiopian Airline at around 2:30 pm today.

Col. Roberto Ancan from AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center (PKOC) said the 19th PCH will act as Force Headquarters Support Unit that performs clerical, VIP security and conducts Civil Military coordination activities at Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

UN peacekeepers are selected from among AFP soldiers that are trained with peacekeeping related courses who further undergo a three-month refresher course at the PKOC prior to their deployment.

Peacekeeping operation is the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ commitment to the United Nations in the advocacy for international peace and solidarity, delivery of humanitarian relief, alleviation of human suffering due to conflict, respect to rule of law, protection of human rights, women and children and participation in conflict mitigation.