PH vows sustained pandemic cooperation with South Korea

Published October 19, 2021, 5:01 PM

by Betheena Unite

The Philippines has reaffirmed its commitment to more engaged pandemic cooperation, including vaccines and workers mobility, with the Republic of Korea to help buoy the economic recovery of both countries.

Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Ma. Theresa B. Dizon- De Vega stands next to President Moon Jae in of the Republic of Korea (center) and Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong (right) at Cheongwadae during Ambassador De Vega’s presentation of credentials on Oct.15, 2021. (Photo courtesy of ROK-Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega has conveyed the country’s commitmentsduring her presentation of credentials to South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Cheongwadae in Seoul, South Korea on Oct. 15.

De Vega said the Philippines is committed to more engaged pandemic cooperation with the Republic of Korea, which includes vaccines and mobility of essential workers, business people, students, and others, and the resumption of two-way travel between the two nations.

The Filipino diplomat also reaffirmed the Philippines’ commitment to work with the Republic of Korea in the United Nations (UN), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), other multilateral fora, and President Moon Jae-in’s flagship foreign policy initiative– the New Southern Policy Plus.

She also expressed continued Philippine commitment to an active defense cooperation and hoped that the Philippines and South Korea can conclude its free trade agreement before the end of 2021 to bolster economic resurgence.

De Vega was joined by the ambassadors of six other countries, namely Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Estonia, Sweden, and El Salvador in the meeting.

For his part, Moon assured the ambassadors, who presented their credentials that the South Korean government will do its best to achieve complete denuclearization and the establishment of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy and asked for active support for the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

He also looked forward to various achievements, such as improving bilateral relations during and beyond the ambassadors’ tour of duty in Korea.