Palace lauds South Korea over plan to re­lax visa re­quire­ments for Filipinos

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MALA­CAÑANG on Mon­day, June 3, 2019, wel­comed the plan of South Korea to re­lax the visa re­quire­ments for Filipinos who want to visit the East Asian na­tion.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo was re­act­ing to the an­nounce­ment made by South Korean Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines Han Dong­man dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the 70th an­niver­sary of Filipinoko­rean diplo­matic ties in Manila.

Han said Seoul would min­i­mize the num­ber of doc­u­ments needed for visa ap­pli­ca­tions, es­pe­cially for qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als, me­dia and govern­ment work­ers.

“The Palace ap­pre­ci­ates the kind words of ROK Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines Han Dong-man when he an­nounced that his coun­try will start mod­er­at­ing visa re­quire­ments, as well as re­lax­ing their ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cesses, among oth­ers, in fa­vor of Filipinos,” Panelo said in a state­ment.

Han re­vealed that qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als, me­dia, and govern­ment work­ers will be given mul­ti­ple-en­try visas valid for five to 10 years.

He added that South Korea would in­crease the schol­ar­ship of­fer­ings to Filipinos and boost the trade re­la­tions with the Philip­pines.

The South Korean en­voy also said that South Korea is tar­get­ing to bring two mil­lion Filipino tourists to Seoul this year.

Panelo ac­knowl­edged that South Korea is the “sev­enth largest trad­ing part­ner, fifth largest of­fi­cial devel­op­ment as­sis­tance part­ner, one of our fore­most de­fense and se­cu­rity part­ners and top tourist source of the Philip­pines.”

“South Korea re­mains our steady part­ner and true friend even as we scale new heights in our diplo­matic re­la­tions,” he said.

Panelo also em­pha­sized that the Philip­pines is the first among the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) mem­ber-states to es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with South Korea.

The Philip­pines’s bil­teral re­la­tions with South Korea started on March 3, 1949.

“Both coun­tries have shared his­tory, a broth­er­hood forged in blood when to­gether we fought in de­fense of free­dom and democ­racy in the Korean Penin­sula dur­ing the Korean War,” Panelo said.

“This year, we mark the 70th an­niver­sary of Philip­pine-korean diplo­matic ties. Happy an­niver­sary and may our two coun­tries fur­ther progress as we main­tain a strong part­ner­ship ben­e­fi­cial to our ci­ti­zens,” he added./

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