The Department of Foreign Affairs recognized five members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and four members of the Philippine National Police on Thursday for their exemplary service in various United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions during the 6th International Day of UN Peacekeepers rites in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the awardees were led by retired Maj. Gen. Natalio Ecarama, the first Filipino to serve as the head of peacekeeping mission and force commander of the UN Disengagement Observe Force in Golan Heights from 2010 to 2012.
The four other military men were Col. Nilo Perfecto for his meritorious performance as deputy chief of staff for plans (J5) of the AFP from October 2011 to May 2013; Col. Gregory Cayetano for serving as the commanding officer of AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center; Staff Sgt. Tito Malsi for brining pride to the Philippines during the stand-off with hostile elements in Golan Heights; and Technical Sgt. Herman Galiza for gallantly safeguarding the rotating Austrian and Croatian peacekeepers during an attack in Damascus, Syria in March 2013.
Also recognized were Ambassador Eduardo Martin Meñez for his significant contribution as Secretary-General of the National Council for UN Peace Operations secretariat from September 2011 to April 2013 and four others from the police contingent; Police Chief Supt. Edgar Layon, Police Chief Supt. Wilfredo Franco, Police Chief Insp. Godofredo Ergo and SPO1 Elvira Evangelista.
Other awardees were former Filipino peacekeepers who served the UN in 2013. They were given certificates of appreciation for serving different UN peacekeeping mission areas in Liberia, South Sudan, Haiti, Afghanistan and Syria.
Certificates of recognition were also given to the Philippine Assessment Mission Team of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado who conducted assessment of the situation of the Filipino troops in Golan Heights.