SEALED PARTNERSHIP. Dinagat Islands Gov. Nilo Demerey Jr. (center), together with Pyeongchang County Vice Mayor Kim Young Gyun (left) and Basilisa town Vice Mayor Manuelito Piodo lead the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Cebu City for sending 2,000 farmers and fishermen to work in Pyeongchang County in South Korea Monday (Nov. 21, 2022). Under the MOU, the workers will not only earn during their yearlong stay in the country but also learn new farming and fishery technologies. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Nilo Demerey Jr.)

BUTUAN CITY – At least 2,000 workers will be sent by the Dinagat Islands provincial government to Pyeongchang County in South Korea following a partnership agreement, an official said Tuesday.

In an interview, Dinagat Islands Governor Nilo Demerey Jr. said a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the province, the municipality of Basilisa, and the Pyeongchang County was inked on Monday afternoon in Cebu City.

“Representatives of Pyeongchang County were supposed to come to Dinagat for the signing of the MOU but due to their tight schedule we decided to have it in Cebu,” Demerey said.

Signatories to the agreement were Demerey, Basilisa Vice Mayor Manuelito Piodo who represented Mayor Ozzy Ecleo, and Pyeongchang County Vice Mayor Kim Young Gyun.

“We will be sending farmers and fishermen there to work for a year. We are now in the process of finalizing the list as we target to start sending workers to Pyeongchang County early next year,” Demerey said.

The required age bracket of qualified farmers and fishermen to work in Pyeongchang County is between 30 and 50 years old.

Demery said farmers and fishermen of Dinagat will not only work in the county and earn, but also learn new agriculture and fishery technologies.

“Part of the MOU states that aside from working and earning, our workers will also undergo learning schemes to acquire knowledge on latest farming and fishery technologies,” he said.

He said the farmers and fishermen will also be asked to cascade their learnings to the other residents in the province upon their return home. (PNA)