South Korea government commits support in AFP modernization

The “Agreement on the Protection of Classified Military Information” which was signed Monday by Philippine and South Korean defense ministers has a validity of five years. This was stressed by Defense public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong Monday. The agreement regulates the exchange of classified information between the Philippines and South Korea and their authorized representatives.

“The agreement will be implemented by the Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Intelligence, J-2 on the part of the Philippines and Defense Intelligence Agency on part of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The agreement is valid for five years,” he added. Signing took place last Monday. Representing the Philippine side was Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin while South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo signed for his country.

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 that extended assistance 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.

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 need for the establishment of an annual Defense Policy Consultation at the vice-ministerial level.