AFP deploys another peacekeeping contingent in Haiti

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has deployed on Friday a 135-strong peacekeeping contingent to quake devastated Haiti.

The send-off ceremonies at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City was headed by AFP chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya, Army commander Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano, Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Edgardo Fallorina, AFP chief-of-operations Major Gen. Carlito Galvez and AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center head Col. Eugenio Hernandez.

AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the 135-strong Filipino contingent will serve in Haiti for one year.

The contingent is the Philippines’ contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Operations worldwide.

To date, this is the country’s largest deployment after the Philippines pulled out its contingent in Liberia and Golan Heights.

The 20th contingent is led by Col. Rosalio Pompa of the Philippine Army and is supported by a complement of 15 officers and 119 enlisted personnel, 14 of whom are women.

They will replace the former contingent which will arrive in the country on July 11. PNA/