The defense chiefs of South Korea and the Philippines on Monday signed an agreement on the protection of classified military information.
Arsenio Andolong, chief of the Philippine Defense department’s Public Affairs Office, said the agreement would allow the systematic exchange of information on significant developments in the region.
“This agreement will enable the Philippines to be better apprised of the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula, if any hostilities arise. Safety and repatriation of Filipinos residing in the ROK [Republic of Korea] will be [the country’s]paramount concern when such contingency erupts between the two Koreas,” he added.
Signing for the Philippines was Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin while visiting South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo represented his country.
Both officials manifested their continued support to further enhancement of their defense relations through the expansion of exchanges at the senior defense and military levels.
And to promote more relevant and practical cooperation toward the goal of establishing a strategic partnership, the Department of National Defense and South Korean Ministry of National Defense will explore the establishment of an annual defense policy consultation at the vice-ministerial level.
Gazmin personally extended his appreciation, in behalf of the direct beneficiaries of Leyte, who benefited from the one-year deployment of the South Korean Army’s “Araw” Unit, which assisted in the rehabilitation of Palo, Tanauan and Tolosa towns in the aftermath of super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Han, on the other hand, committed the support of Korean defense industries in the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.