Philippines, Korea to sign cooperation deals

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THE Philippines and South Korea are expected to sign cooperation deals on education, social security, fisheries and tourism during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit there next week.

The president will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea commemorative summit in Busan.

“After the summit, we are envisioning to have a memorandum of understanding signing,” South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man said at a briefing yesterday.

Mr. Duterte will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-In to discuss how to improve trade between the two countries, Mr. Han said.

“They will discuss many issues affecting our relationship,” he said, including how to increase trade volumes “as we are approaching to conclude a free trade agreement between Korea and the Philippines.” — Gillian M. Cortez