MANILA: Defense chiefs of South Korea and the Philippines signed on Monday an “Agreement on the Protection of Classified Military Information” to deepen the relation of the two nations.
Defense public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong said that the agreement would allow the systematic exchange of information of 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 ROK will be PHL’s paramount concern when such contingency erupts between the two Koreas,” he added.
Signing for the Philippine side was Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin while South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo represented his country.
Both officials manifested their continued support to the further enhancement of its defense relations through the expansion of exchanges at the senior defense and military levels.
And to promote more relevant and practical cooperation towards 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 in the aftermath of Typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013.
While Han, on the other hand, committed the support of Korean defense industries in the Modernization Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.