UN PEACEKEEPERS TO TRAIN IN TARLAC  

Manila, Feb. 19, 2003 -- Armed Forces chief Gen. Dionisio Santiago said yesterday facilities for UN peacekeeping operations are undergoing construction at Camp O'Donnell in Tarlac.

The UN would like the Philippines to become a regional center for training its peacekeepers, he added.

Santiago said about 500 Filipino troops comprising a battalion in the Armed Forces are being trained for peacekeeping duties with the UN.

"They are undergoing training," he said. "We are already having quite a number of trained people within the AFP."

Filipino troops were sent to East Timor in 2000 for peacekeeping operations before the former Indonesian province became independent.

Filipino Maj. Gen. Jaime delos Santos was in command of the UN peacekeeping force at that time. (Star)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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