DND Hosts Peacekeeping Table Top Exercise

The Philippines remains committed to global peace and security and would continue to support efforts of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM)-Plus experts working group on peacekeeping operations. This was stressed in the message of Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin during a dinner hosted for the participants of a table top exercise on peacekeeping operations last February 12. 

The table top exercise in peacekeeping, which is a first in Philippine peacekeeping-related efforts and was held in Manila from February 11-13, is the final activity of the EWG under the co-chairmanship of the Philippines and New Zealand. With participants from 17 members of the ADMM-Plus including the ASEAN Secretariat, the exercise aims to enable ADMM-Plus countries to have a better understanding of the United Nations Infantry Battalion Manual (UNIBAM), identify common logistical and operational challenges faced by troop contributing countries (TCCs) to UN peacekeeping operations, assess the suitability of the UNIBAM for ADMM-Plus TCCs, and provide feedback to the UN regarding the UNIBAM.

Using a scenario of a fictitious country where political and armed clashes among competing armed groups persists forcing the UN to send a mission with a peacekeeping contingent, the two full-day exercise focused on the issues of force generation, pre-deployment training, sustainment and operations.

The previous activities of the EWG are the Seminar on Legal Aspects of PKO held in New Zealand in 2011; Regional PKO Capability Assessment Workshop held in Manila and Regional Workshop on Operational Challenges Facing United Nations PKO held in Indonesia, both in 2012; and the Force Generation Workshop in New Zealand in 2013.

After the ADMM-Plus was first convened in 2010, EWGs were established to ensure that the thrust to promote practical cooperation would be sustained.