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South Korean troops finish Yolanda relief work

Tacloban City – The Republic of Korea Araw Force has turned over three rehabilitated structures, two of which are government-owned structure located in Palo, Leyte while one is a private property from the town of Carigara, Solar News learned on Thursday, February 20.

The government-owned facility – the Home for Girls and Regional Haven for Women – is being run the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Barangay Pawing in Palo. It houses abused women and abandoned young girls.

This facility was partially damaged during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Luzvisminda Daves, chief of the regional facility, thanked the Koreans on behalf of the DSWD.

She said residents would now have a better place to stay.

The South Korean troopers got a helping hand from personnel from the 543rd and 546th Engineering Battalion of the 53rd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army helped the South Korean soldiers in repairing the structure.

In Barangay East Visoria in Carigara, the South Korean troopers also repaired the house of Segundino Grisola Sr., a Filipino veteran of the Korean War.

Col. Younghwan Eom, commander of the Korean Navy, said that helping Grisola was already beyond the areas where they should be working, which is in the towns of Palo, Tanauan, and Dulag. But on learning that Grisola was in the Korean War, he and his team decided to help as a way of repaying more than 7,000 Filipino soldiers who had helped their country in that conflict with the North Korean forces.

They also gave Grisola a wheelchair, a hearing aid, and a generator set.

Then they conducted a two-day medical mission in Grisola's barangay.

Most of the South Korean soldiers are first-time visitors in the country, except for 1st Lt. Dae Heung-wwang who studied at University of the Santo Tomas in Manila, taking up Social Science in 2011.

This 25-year-old officer, who could still speak some Filipino words, volunteered right away on learning that South Korea would send military forces to the the Philippines.

South Korea's Araw Force in Leyte. (Photo by Wil Mark Amazona)

South Korea's Araw Force in Leyte. (Photo by Wil Mark Amazona)

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