- The South Korea government donated 1,000 metric tons of rice for the victims of typhoons in the Philippines
- The donation was part of Korea’s ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) program
- The donation was turned over to the NFA regional office in Batangas
The government of South Korea has made a generous donation to the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines.
The Korean Embassy in the Philippines has turned over 1,000 metric tons of rice to the National Food Authority (NFA) regional office in Batangas. They said the donation was part of the Korean government’s Tier 3 program of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR).
APTERR is “a regional cooperation with the aims to strengthen food security, poverty alleviation, and malnourishment eradication within the region without distorting normal trade in the global market,” according to its website. The objective of APTERR parties is to ensure “food security in the ASEAN plus the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.”
On behalf of Korean Ambassador Dong-man Han, Counsellor Lee Sang-hui gave a speech stressing the importance of the Korea-Philippines bilateral relations during the turnover ceremony. She was accompanied by First Secretary Seah Park from the Korean Embassy.
“Over the past 70 years, Korea and the Philippines have successfully developed friendly and cooperative relations. As a result, we were able to witness that various cooperation has been strengthened in many fields including economy, defense and culture,” said Lee.
The Korean counsellor noted that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean W
ar to which the Philippines sent more than 7,000 soldiers to help.
“Thanks to that, Korea can enjoy the present freedom and prosperity. This appreciation remains unchanged and it has served as a strong support for Korea-Philippines relations,” she said.