UN Commander Recognizes a Filipino Peacekeeper's Bravery in the Line of Duty


Maj Gen Iqbal Singh Singha, Force Commander UNDOF hands over the Peacekeeper of the Month Award to TSg Herman L Galiza (Inf) PA14 January 2013, Camp Ziouani, Golan Heights – A member of the 6th Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights (6PCGH) received the Peacekeeper of the Month Award in a simple ceremony during the Monday Command Briefing at the United Nation Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Headquarters, Camp Fauoar, Syria on January 9, 2013.

Lieutenant Colonel Nolie Anquillano, Commanding Officer of the Philippine Contingent reported that Technical Sergeant Herman Galiza, on duty with operations, Philippine Battalion (PHILBATT) was awarded by UNDOF Chief, Major General Iqbal Singh Singha, for exemplary performance and devotion to duty rendered as bus driver for the Austrian and Croatian Contingents rotation convoy from Camp Faouar to Damascus International Airport on November 28, 2012.

The convoy, comprised of 25 vehicles, came under heavy fire by anti-government forces while on its way to the airport. TSGT. Galiza immediately accelerated his vehicle to secure and keep his fourteen Austrian passengers safe and out of danger.

The Peacekeeper of the Month Award is usually granted to the deserving soldier in UNDOF for exemplary performance of duty.


The 6PCGH assumed peacekeeping duties in Golan Heights on November 19, 2012, relieving the 5th Philippine Contingent. Lieutenant Colonel NolieAnquillano is very proud of the maiden award received by TSGT. Galiza in recognition of his outstanding contribution to peacekeeping in UNDOF.

"This award will reflect on how the 6th Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights performed well in its mandated tasks and mission. Likewise, this will boost the morale of the officers, men and women of the Philippine Battalion," Lt Col Anquillano said.

"TSGT. Herman Galiza's bravery and exemplary performance in the line of duty are truly remarkable and worth noting. He highlighted the gallantry and selflessness of each and every Filipino soldier at home or anywhere in the world. He truly deserves the award, commendation and recognition of the Community of Nations. The Philippines is proud of you. Mabuhay po kayo and the rest of the Philippine Contingent in the Golan," Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge said. —END—


Source: 6th Philippine Contingent, UNDOF, Golan Heights