Thursday, June 23, 2011


Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City—Retired Major General Natalio C Ecarma III, the first Filipino Marine General who held the third highest position in the United Nations as Assistant Secretary General was recalled for active duty and extends his service as Force Commander and Head of Mission in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in Golan Heights on the troubled border of Syria and Israel until February 13, 2012.

Major General Ecarma assumed as Force Commander of UNDOF in Golan Heights on March 1, 2010. He officially retired from the military service on June 3, 2011. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recommended and invited the Philippine Government to extend the tour of duty of Major General Ecarma which President Benigno S. Aquino III approved.

In the Testimonial honors tendered for Major General Ecarma on June 22, 2011 at the Bonifacio Naval Station Parade Ground in Fort Bonifacio, Marines and Sailors of the Philippine Navy paid tribute to him for his dedicated service and inspiration he gave not only to the Armed Forces of the Philippines but also to the entire nation.

It is worthy to stress that the United Nations surely did not lack qualified leaders on its bench to assume the position that Major General Ecarma would have vacated, yet they have chosen the Filipino General to stay which is a testament that world leaders noted his dedication and leadership, which to us is a source of inspiration and national pride. (1Lt Cherryl P Tindog PN(M)--Acting Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs Office)

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