This photo provided by KOICA shows RoK Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin (C) and Philippine officials posing after signing an agreement on bilateral police cooperation in Quezon City on July 12, 2017. (Source:Yonhap)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK) will extend its support to help upgrade the investigation capabilities of the Philippines' police force, according to Yonhap news agency of the RoK.

Yonhap cited officials at the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), RoK’s bilateral aid agency, as saying that it and the Korea National Police Agency will together spend 7.5 billion won (6.6 million USD) by next year to transfer investigation techniques in 17 fields, including forensics, evidence analysis, data management and suspect tracking, to the Philippine police.

In addition, about 270 patrol cars and motorcycles, and 120 science investigation kits will be handed over, while about 150 Philippine police officers will undergo training in South Korea, KOICA officials said.

Yonhap said the agreement on bilateral police cooperation was signed on July 12 at a ceremony in Quezon City.

Yonhap said the Philippine government has been struggling to reduce crimes, with RoK nationals there victimized by about 10 violent crimes over the recent two to three years. It cited data as showing that 1.5 million RoK nationals the Philippines each year, with about 90,000 other Korean nationals staying there.

The RoK news agency quoted Ambassador Kim as saying that the bilateral police cooperation will be helpful to the Philippine government's campaign to fight crimes and protect citizens, and is also expected to help better protect RoK visitors and residents.-VNA