Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III is in South Korea to attend the Distinguished Guest Program in Seoul from September 3-9, 2017.
Invited as the lone representative from the Philippines by the Korea Foundation (KF), Davide will have his hands full in the week-long event, which includes lectures on northeast security and Korean foreign policy by Moon Jeong-in, honorary professor of Yonsei University and key security and international affairs advisor to Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Top government officials from 14 other countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, including the director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, are also invited to the event.
Founded in 1991, the KF is a leading public diplomacy organization that helps promote better understanding of Korea within the international community through diplomacy activities, culture and arts exchanges, studies abroad, media programs, among others.
Aside from the lecture, the KF has also set meetings with participants and South Korea’s top bureaucrats as well as visits to historical sites.
The itinerary of Davide includes meetings with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seoul and Busan chief executives and diplomats, and the chairman of the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation.
He will also have a briefing tour to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale will serve as acting governor while 7th district Provincial Board Member Christian Librando will become the acting vice governor.