The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) signed the record of discussions today, July 12 on enhancing the criminal investigation capability of the PNP.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines Kim Jae-Shin and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy led the signing of KOICA project which focuses on pondering the criminal investigation efforts of the PNP.
PNP Chief, Police Director General Ronald M Dela Rosa also graced the signing event and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the KOICA officials during the presentation of token.
This is the first cooperative project between the Republic of Korea and the Philippines. Also, it will be implemented until 2020 with the total grant aid amounting Php 330 million (US$ 6.6 million). DILG and PNP will coordinate with KOICA and Korean National Police Agency (KNPA).
KOICA Philippines Project Director Shin Myung Seop said the project will allow the Korean Government to provide 130 patrol vehicles, 142 motorbikes, and 120 investigation kits to police offices in Metro Manila, Baguio City, Angeles City, Cebu, and Davao.
Part of the projects also is to send 150 police officers to South Korea to participate in various capacity building programs.
“This project is very meaningful in that it has expanded our areas of cooperation into peace and order. As President Duterte has put a priority on peace and order, stable public safety and security is the basis of social and economic development,” Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin said.
Other PNP officials attended the signing of the KOICA Project were Police Deputy Director General Archie Francisco F Gamboa, Chief of Directorial Staff; Police Director Jose Ma Victor Ramos, Directorate for Logistics; Police Director Roel B Obusan, Director of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Police Director Camilo Pancratius P Cascolan, Directorate for Operations; and Police Chief Superintendent Noel G Constantino, acting Director of Directorate for Police Community Relations.
Meanwhile, other diplomats and KOICA officials witnessed the signing were Kyun Jong-Ho, Minister Counselor of Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Lee Soo-Bok, Consul of Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Hong Hee Soo, Deputy Country Director; Kim Min-Hee, Assistant Country Director; Park Sun Kyung- Program Officer; and Francis Afable, Program Manager of KOICA Philippines. (PNP-PIO)