South Korea agreed to extend its rehabilitation mission in typhoon-wrecked areas of Leyte, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Wednesday.

“They have agreed, as I requested, for the extension of the troops in their objective to help in the rehabilitation,” Gazmin said in a press briefing.

A second contingent of South Korean engineers and medical workers will arrive to replace the first that came to Tanauan and Palo after super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck last November, he said.

The first contingent and its members will be awarded on June 10, before they leave, Gazmin said.

About 500 South Korean troops are presently helping rebuild Leyte.

The second contingent, comprising 300 people including Marine troopers, was activated on May 27, according to a statement from the South Korean Defense Ministry. (John Roson)

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