The Philippine National Police is sending 20 personnel as peacekeeping contingents to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Senator Imee R. Marcos, Chairperson of Foreign Relations and Ms. Nome T. Diaz, Deputy Assistant Secretary UNIO, DEA together with PNP Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr., grace the send-off ceremony for the PNP Contingent held in Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City, today.
From a pool of 107 PNP officers on standby for United Nations peacekeeping deployment, the PNP will initially deploy 20 police composed of thirteen (13) females and seven (7) males as Individual Police Officers (IPOs). The approximate schedule for their departure is on November 15, 2022.
The deployment of 20 IPOs is a “comeback” of the PNP to UN Mission, having zero participation for quite some time due to the global pandemic. This development is expected to substantially improve the current standing of the Philippines as a Police-Contributing Country.
“This PNP deployment is testament to the Philippines’ effort to revitalize participation in UN peacekeeping operations, as affirmed by President Ferdinand R Marcos Jr in his message on September 20, 2022 before the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly,” Azurin said.