PH signs agriculture cooperation pact with South Korea
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Philippines and South Korea, who will mark their 70th year of friendship next year, signed today a “historic” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Agricultural Cooperation.
The MOU, the first ever Comprehensive Agreement on Agricultural Cooperation between the Philippines and South Korea, will serve as the “Mother Document” of all succeeding cooperation agreements of the two countries.
The MOU was forged between Piñol and Acting Minister Kim Hyeon-soo of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).
“The MOU is one of the major agreements before today’s Bilateral Meeting between President Rody Duterte and President Moon Jae-In,” Piñol said.
“In spite of existing cooperation projects implemented by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), both sides overlooked the fact that there was no Mother Document that set the parameters of the cooperation,” he added.
It was last year when Piñol travelled to South Korea to present to former MAFRA Minister Kim Jae-Soo the draft MOU for their consideration.
The change in government, however, delayed the progress.
“With the MOU on Agricultural Cooperation signed today, various activities are now being lined up, including technology transfer on mechanization and irrigation,” Piñol said.
Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez and DA Agriculture Attache Maria Alelia Maghirang and several Philippine and South Korean officials witnessed the signing.