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SOUTH KOREA SENDS FRESH SET OF AID.

THE Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) further solidified its standing as one of the Philippines's staunch supporters in arresting the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), with a turnover of additional in-kind assistance at the Department of Foreign Affairs on July 27.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. received the donations from Ambassador Han Dong-man. The latest package included 600,000 pieces of high-quality KF94 protective masks worth $500,000, as well as seven 'walk-through testing booths' valued at $150,000 for hospitals through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Also covered by the turnover rites were 1,000 face shields jointly donated by the South Korean Embassy in partnership with Korean firm TandB Co. SD Biosensor, through the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), also provided 10,000 sets of kits costing $100,000 which can be used for 325,000 tests.

In April, the embassy turned over 700 Q-Sens Covid-19 diagnostic kits worth $500,000. This was immediately followed by an additional 17,664 Covid-19 diagnostic kits also worth the same amount, a set of polymerase chain reaction or PCR- and DNA-extraction equipment, and 300 sets of personal protective equipment. KOICA, for its part, provided $50,000-worth of PPE.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Asia and Pacific Affairs Meynardo LB. Montealegre, Health Undersecretary Ma. Carolina Vidal-Taino and Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator Assistant Secretary Casiano C. Monilla attended the ceremony on behalf of the Philippine government. The Embassy of ROK's Minister-Counselor Kim Sun-young and First Secretary Park Se-ah, along with SD Biosensor's local representative Zafire Distributors Inc.'s Butch Lopez and KOTRA Manila Director General Ko Sang-hoon, were also present.

According to its embassy in Manila, the Korean government is also in the process of providing separate additional humanitarian assistance to the Philippines worth $500,000 from the Asean Korea Cooperation Fund in the coming weeks. This will be in the form of diagnostic kits, extraction equipment and PPE.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Jul 30, 2020
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