The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, represented by Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Bae Jung Hoon, turns-over 100 boxes containing 1,000 pieces of face masks each to PEFTOK Veterans at the Philippine Korea Friendship Center, Taguig City on 18 May 2021. Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator USec. Ernesto G. Carolina and Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) Veterans Association Incorporated (PVAI) President Maj. Maximo P. Young received the donation.
The donated face masks shall provide much-needed protection for Filipino Korean war veterans amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, 40 boxes or a total of 40,000 facemasks were given to the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, and 10 boxes or 10,000 facemasks were donated to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
USec. Carolina expressed his gratitude to the Korean Government for their continuing concern for the welfare of Filipino Veterans. He reiterated the importance of friendship especially at a time of need, and hastened to add that the Republic of Korea is a friend indeed.
In his speech, Maj. Young extended his appreciation to the Korean Government for looking after the health of the Filipino War Veterans. He commended the generous donation and shared that the masks will greatly help the veterans in combatting today’s battle against the Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Bae Jung Hoon expressed his thanks for the lasting friendship between the Philippines and Korea. He likened the friendship between the countries as a family that share their food together.
The friendship between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea can be traced back to 70 years after South Korea was invaded by North Korea. The Philippines was the first Asian nation to respond to the call of the United Nations to provide military assistance for the defense of South Korea during the Korean War.