Philippine Army, Republic of Korea Army strengthen partnership

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In a virtual signing ceremony, Philippine Army (PA) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner, Jr. and the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) Chief of Staff Gen. Nam Yeongshin on Thursday, January 20, 2022, inked the Terms of Reference (TOR) to strengthen ties between the two armies.

Gen. Nam complimented Lt. Gen. Brawner on his recent promotion prior to signing the TOR. He expressed gratitude to the PA for sending troops to defend South Korea during the 1950s Korean War.

According to the June 2018 Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines’ Department of National Defense and South Korea’s Ministry of Defense, the PA-ROKA TOR establishes an Army-to-Army level partnership.

The TOR covers the following areas of cooperation: Reciprocal Visits, Mutual Exchange of Army Related Insights and Information, Military Education and Training, Logistics and Maintenance, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Military Medicine and Medical Support, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, Military Technology Cooperation, Research and Development, Military Sports and Cultural Activities, and other areas of mutual interest.

Lt. Gen. Brawner expressed his gratitude to Gen. Nam for ROKA’s support of the Philippine Army’s armament and equipment. PA also dispatched a delegation to the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibit in October 2021, as previously reported.

According to the CGPA, the PA is looking forward to further collaborations with ROKA, as well as the effective execution of bilateral activities.

”I have this hope that through this TOR, the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Korea will have a stronger partnership that will address today’s challenges in development and security not only in our respective countries but as well as in the Indo-Pacific Region,” said the CGPA.

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