PH to ink 4 deals with S. Korea during Duterte's official visit

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Rodrigo Duterte had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila last year. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 1) — The Philippines is set to sign four bilateral agreements with South Korea as President Rodrigo Duterte will meet his counterpart Moon Jae-in.

"This will be the first official visit of the President to the Republic of Korea," Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said in Malacañang Friday.

Duterte will be in South Korea on June 3 to 5.

"Part of the meeting will be referenced to the Marawi rehabilitation, as the Republic of Korea donated US$100,000 (₱5 million) to the Philippine Red Cross," Abella said.

The agreements to be signed include:

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and South Korea's Ministry of Land, Industry and Transport.

A Memorandum of Understanding on scientific and technological cooperation between the Department of Science and Technology and South Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

A loan agreement on the new Cebu International Container Port project between the Department of Finance (DOF) and Export-Import Bank of Korea.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on trade and economic cooperation.

The President will also visit the estimated 68,000 Filipinos in South Korea, who are mostly skilled workers.

Diplomatic ties between the two countries were established in 1949.