Republic of Korea to help Philippines fight crime

This photo provided by KOICA shows RoK Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin (C) and Philippine officials posing after signing an agreement on bilateral police cooperation in Quezon City on July 12, 2017. (Source:Yonhap)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK) will extend its
support to help upgrade the investigation capabilities of the Philippines’
police force, according to Yonhap news agency of the RoK.

Yonhap cited officials at the Korea International Cooperation Agency
(KOICA), RoK’s bilateral aid agency, as saying that it and the Korea National
Police Agency will together spend 7.5 billion won (6.6 million USD) by next
year to transfer investigation techniques in 17 fields, including forensics,
evidence analysis, data management and suspect tracking, to the Philippine

In addition, about 270 patrol cars and motorcycles, and 120 science
investigation kits will be handed over, while about 150 Philippine police
officers will undergo training in South Korea, KOICA officials said.

Yonhap said the agreement on bilateral police cooperation was signed on
July 12 at a ceremony in Quezon City.

Yonhap said the Philippine government has been struggling to reduce
crimes, with RoK nationals there victimized by about 10 violent crimes over the
recent two to three years. It cited data as showing that 1.5 million RoK
nationals the Philippines each year, with about 90,000 other Korean nationals
staying there.

The RoK news agency quoted Ambassador Kim as saying that the bilateral
police cooperation will be helpful to the Philippine government’s campaign to
fight crimes and protect citizens, and is also expected to help better protect RoK
visitors and residents.-VNA

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