TACLOBAN CITY- The government of South Korea continues its assistance to Leyte, ravaged by supertyphoon Yolanda, as new batch of its humanitarian group arrived in the province.
Lt Myunghyun Baek, public relation officer of ROK (Republic of Korea) Force Araw Contingent said that more than 300 military personnel arrived, replacing the first batch of their humanitarian group.
Col. Chulwon Lee remains the commander of the mission.
The second batch will be divided into five groups- three groups will focus on rebuilding and rehabilitating public elementary schools while two groups will focus in rebuilding and rehabilitating houses of Filipino war veterans during the Korean War and other local government offices such as police stations, fire station, rural health office and senior citizens office.
The second batch will stay in the province until December of this year.
Furthermore, Korean soldier part of the first batch shared what they had noticed in their experience on the six months of their stay here in Leyte.
Baek recalled that they were shocked on the extent of damage caused by Yolanda when they first arrived in Leyte.
Lt Dae Hueng Hwang said that teaching the Korean language to the residents of Palo and Tacloban made his stay more memorable as this reminded him his stay in the country when he studied his college at the University of Sto. Tomas.
He added that as an interpreter of the Korean forces, he was exposed in meeting people like those who are living in the villages.
“They always welcome Korean soldiers and appreciate us,” Hwang said. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)