Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda and Governor Kim Yung-Rok of Jeollanam-Do province in South Korea engaged in discussions on economic relations to help each other recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pineda called the initial meeting a “coming together for a friendship exchange that will start engagements in areas of trade, labor, agriculture, technology, products, and best practices (in governance).”
The governor led officials of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Pampanga chapter on the mission.
Pineda noted that Lubao was among the first towns to send factory workers trained in Korean language proficiency since serving as mayor from 2001 to 2009.
“This helped Kapampangan workers provide the needs of their families,” he added.
Pineda shared with Kim the assistance that the provincial government gave to around 30,000 families in the Korean community before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Angelina Blanco, the governor’s special assistant and head of the provincial disaster risk reduction and management office.