Korean Coast Guard to assist in Mindoro oil spill clean up

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) — Members of the Korean Coast Guard (KCG) will be sent to the Philippines along with donated equipment to help in the cleanup of the oil spill in Oriental Mindoro.

According to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, this is the first time the East Asian nation will provide aid for environmental cleanup in the country.

It said the KCG will arrive in the country on March 27.

“Korea highly values the importance of restoring areas affected by environmental disasters and accidents,” it said in a social media post.

The Korean government said it will also provide 20 tons of sorbet pads and snares, 1,000 meters of solid flotation curtain boom, and 2,000 sets of personal protective equipment

Last week, the Japanese government sent support for the clean-up as well by sending gear and equipment to be used by the coast guard and personnel.

The Office of Civil Defense also said there are other countries who have expressed interest in sending aid for the cleanup.