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PH, South Korea agree on enhanced broadcasting

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By Genalyn Kabiling

SEOUL — The Philippine government is stepping up cooperation with South Korea to enhance its capability on information dissemination through the field of broadcasting.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, offers a handshake to President Rodrigo Duterte at the end of a joint press conference after a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool / MANILA BULLETIN)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, offers a handshake to President Rodrigo Duterte (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool / MANILA BULLETIN)

A memorandum of understanding on broadcasting cooperation between the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea on has been signed last Tuesday on the sidelines of President Duterte’s visit to Seoul.

Under the agreement, the two countries would cooperate for the purpose of mutual staff visits, training, and exchange in the field of broadcasting.
 The Korean ministry regulates KTV, the local news TV, and Arirang TV its international affiliate.

“PCOO and MCST aim to enhance capabilities in the field of broadcasting and to undertake joint or individual activities and programs that would help strengthen cooperation,” a PCOO press statement read.

“In addition, the MOU aims to create favorable conditions for the broad and free dissemination of information to further increase the knowledge and understanding about the life and culture of both countries,” it added.

The accord also provides assistance in the training of personnel in the field of broadcasting and encourage cooperation between the educational and research institutions and organizations.
The agreement was signed by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan at the Lotte Hotel last Sunday.

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