The Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines headed by Ambassador Han Dong-man, held a hand-over ceremony last May 22, 2020. There were 50,000 masks given as a support to the Korean War Veterans (PEFTOK) in prevention against the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
The hand-over ceremony was attended by South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man, Defense Attaché Bae Jung-hoon, Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu of Civil, Veterans, and Retiree Affairs, Undersecretary and Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina of PVAO, and the members of PEFTOK. This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Korean War in which Philippines dispatched 7,420 troops a year from September 1950 to May 1953. This is a project for the veterans from the twenty-two UN allied countries to help prevent infection to COVID-19.
“South Korea and the Philippines fought together for peace and freedom on the Korean Peninsula 70 years ago, and now 70 years later, they are fighting a common enemy called Corona19, said Han, adding that close cooperation between the two countries will allow them to win the war.” (Daum News)
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“Korea and the Philippines will maintain a strong friendship forever during this difficult time,” said Vice Minister Mapagu. “I am grateful that Korea always remembers and supports Filipino veterans and heroes.” (Daum News)
Moreover, Hyundai Heavy Industries’ first missile-capable frigate, “BRP Jose Rizal” plans to enter the Philippine port of Subic on the May 23rd with 20,000 masks, 180 barrels of preventive disinfectants, 2,000 hand sanitizers, and 300 packs of disinfection tissues which has departed from Korea on the 18th of May 2020.