Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines - To deepen the relation of both countries the Philippines and South Korea’s Defense chief signed Monday an “Agreement on the Protection of Classified Military Information.”

South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo, left, and Philippine Defense Chief Voltaire Gazmin

The agreement would allow the systematic exchange of information of significant developments in the region,” Defense public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong said.

He added that, “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,”

Signing for South Korea side was South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo while Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin represents the country. Both officials manifested their continued support to enhance further 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.

In behalf of the direct beneficiaries of Leyte, who benefited  in the aftermath of Typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013, Gazmin personally extended his appreciation and gratitude from the one-year deployment of the South Korean Army’s “Araw” Unit which assisted in the rehabilitation of Palo, Tanauan and Tolosa Leyte.

On the other hand Defense Minister Han Min-koo, committed the support of Korean defense industries in the Modernization Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

By: Jason E.

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