Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City- The soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) pledged their commitment towards the promotion of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) today, in a flag raising ceremony at General Headquarters (GHQ) canopy area.
The recitation of the AFP soldier’s pledge of commitment reaffirms the obligation and adherence of the AFP to International Humanitarian Law. This activity is in line with the celebration of the IHL month which was simultaneously replicated by military headquarters and field units nationwide.
Secretary of National defense Voltaire T. Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang were today’s guests of honor.
“We should execute our duties and responsibilities to protect our citizens caught in the midst of armed conflicts in the country, and guarantee total respect for their human rights as prescribed by IHL,” Secretary Gazmin said.
Gen. Catapang on the other hand said “Peace can only be truly just and lasting if it is based on respect for life, human rights, and dignity.” He also stressed that the AFP is committed to ensure that its operations and procedures are anchored on the imperative to protect the populace, especially those who are not parties to the conflict.
With the theme, “Empowering the Vulnerable in times of Armed Conflict,” the celebration enjoins all partner agencies including DND, AFP, Philippine Red Cross, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process and Commission on Human Rights to celebrate the month through simple and appropriate activities.
Tomorrow, there will be a photo exhibit at the Department of National Defense (DND) building lobby. The photo static display selections will come from the inventory of International Committee of the Red Cross and the Civil Relation Service of the AFP.
On August 16, a Fun Run will be conducted at the GHQ with the participation of all the partner agencies. Also on the same day, there will be a Fun Bike that will commence at the Fort Bonifacio Global City and will end at the GHQ grandstand.
The Philippine Red Cross, in coordination with the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital will hold a bloodletting activity at the GHQ grandstand on August 16.
On August 31, the Philippine Red Cross Quezon City Chapter will organize around 30,000 NCR-based students and AFP members for the Human IHL Formation at the GHQ parade grounds which is aimed at setting a new Guinness world record.
This year’s national celebration of the IHL is hosted by the DND, in commemoration of the August 12, 1949 signing of the four Geneva Conventions.