Korea extending P330-M aid to PNP

MANILA--The South Korean government, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), is extending USD6.6 million or about P330 million grant in aid to the Philippines to beef up the criminal investigation capability of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines Kim Jae-Shin and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy led the signing of the records of discussions Wednesday.

PNP chief Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa also graced the signing event and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to KOICA officials during the presentation of token.

This is the first cooperative project between the Republic of Korea and the Philippines. It will be implemented until 2020.

The DILG and PNP will coordinate with KOICA and Korean National Police Agency (KNPA).about the project.

KOICA Philippines Project Director Shin Myung Seop said the project would allow the Korean Government to provide 130 patrol vehicles, 142 motorbikes, and 120 investigation kits to police offices in Metro Manila, Baguio City, Angeles City, Cebu, and Davao.

Part of the projects also is to send 150 police officers to South Korea to participate in various capacity-building programs.

This project is very meaningful in that it has expanded our areas of cooperation into peace and order. As President Duterte has put a priority on peace and order, stable public safety and security is the basis of social and economic development, Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin said.

Source: Philippines News Agency