President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul, Republic of Korea on June 3 for his first Official Visit to the Republic of Korea. President Duterte’s three-day visit kicked off with his meeting with the Filipino community at the Convention Hall of the Grand Hilton Hotel and Convention Center on Sunday afternoon.
On Monday, the President will lay a wreath at the Seoul National Cemetery to honor the fallen soldiers, leaders, and heroes of South Korea.
President Duterte will then proceed to Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House), the official residence of the Republic of Korea, and meet with President Moon Jae-in for the bilateral summit meeting.
The President will also witness the signing of agreements which will be followed by a joint press statement of the two leaders at the Cheong Wa Dae.
The South Korean leader will then host a dinner for President Duterte at the State Guest House.
On the last day of his Official Visit, President Duterte will participate in a forum hosted by the Korean business community.
Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Raul S. Hernandez said South Korea is the 7th largest trading partner of the Philippines with trade relations totaling around US$10.6 billion and the 5th largest Official Development Assistance (ODA) partner of the Philippines, with about US$570 million dollars in loans and grants last year.