The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the United Nations (UN) welcomed home the all-navy 18th Philippine Contingent to Haiti (PCH) in a ceremony July 27 at the General Headquarters Canopy in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. They returned to the Philippines last July 10, the AFP said.
The 18th PCH, consisting of 133 peacekeepers, received UN Medals for their stint in conflict and earthquake torn Haiti during the same ceremony. The UN Medal is mandatorily given to every peacekeeper member and their unit upon completion of their tour of duty in the country they were deployed to.
18th PCH was replaced by 135-strong all-air force 19th PCH.
Peacekeeping operation is the Philippine military’s 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.