South Korean soldiers bid farewell to Leyte, completes rehabilitation efforts there

SYMBOL OF ARAW. Philippine government officials led by Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Araw Shrine in Leyte. (Photo by: Office of the Civil Military Operations (U7), Central Command, AFP) SYMBOL OF ARAW. Philippine government officials led by Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Araw Shrine in Leyte. (Photo by: Office of the Civil Military Operations (U7), Central Command, AFP)

CEBU CITY—Almost a year after their arrival, South Korean soldiers have bid goodbye to the people of Leyte leaving their traces of sunshine through the houses they have built and schools they have repaired and reconstructed.

Team Araw composed of at least 300 South Korean soldiers of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces (ROKAF) has formally ended its rehabilitation and recovery efforts for the survivors of the super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international name ‘Haiyan’) in the towns of Palo and Tanauan, Leyte province.

In a Mission Completion Ceremony held at their temporary base in Campetic, Palo town, officials from the Philippine government led by Department of National Defense (DND) Sec. Voltaire Gazmin and National Disaster Risk Reduction…

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