The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that it attended the Pinning of Ranks given to the newly-promoted enlisted military personnel and the Pinning of United Nations (UN) Medals accorded to Filipino soldiers stationed at the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), held at Camp Ziouani in the Golan Heights last December 13.
|Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge|
Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge led the pinning of the ranks of newly promoted enlisted military personnel, while UNDOF Force Commander Major General Natalio C. Ecarma III led the pinning of UN medals to selected UN Filipino soldiers.
Lieutenant Colonel Cornelio Valencia, Jr. assisted both the Ambassador and the Force Commander in the ceremonies.
Major General Ecarma congratulated the recipients of the UN Medal for the service they have rendered during their tour of duty in the Golan Heights.
Commander Major General Natalio C. Ecarma III
"These medals are testament to the contingents' dedication to the call of duty, performing their assigned tasks with the highest degree of professionalism and standard," Major General Ecarma said.
He added that the award did not personally come from him but from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the highest ranking UN official, and noted and stressed that the UN recognizes the professionalism and dedication of Filipino soldiers through these medals.
Major General Ecarma also encouraged the entire Philippine contingent to continue the good work and strive more in achieving UNDOF's goal of "One Mission, One Team, One Goal."
During his speech, Ambassador Calonge congratulated the newly promoted enlisted personnel, as well as the recipients of the UN medals. He also encouraged the Philippine contingent to do their utmost in the service of our country despite being far from home.
"You and I are not so different. We, in the diplomatic service, feel the same of missing our loved ones who are left behind while we continue to serve our country," the Ambassador said.
"I could relate to what a soldier could feel. I also wore the same uniform during my younger days and I have had many experiences during my tour of duty in southern Philippines," Ambassador Calonge noted.
He expressed hope that Filipino soldiers would continue maintaining the highest standard of excellence and hopes to see more promotion and medals given to the members of the contingent.