The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) formalized their partnership to achieve a Self-Reliant Defense Posture through a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña and DND Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana led the signing of MOU on January 5, 2018 in the presence of PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Carlos Primo C. David and AFP Chief of Staff Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.
Through the partnership, DOST and DND will provide the framework for scientific and technical cooperation and other aspects of research, development and acquisition through technology transfer, and to develop local defense industries.
PCIEERD Sectoral Coverage
In June 29, 2017, PCIEERD announced during its 7th anniversary the expansion of its sectoral areas—one of which is the Human Security sector.
PCIEERD will be directing R&D to several academic and research institutions, especially to recognized experts who have the ability to deliver highly competitive products and research results to fill in the priority needs of our national defense.
Scope of R&D will be:
- Humanitarian assistance/disaster relief and life support – technologies that will improve life support to both disaster victims and military personnel on field;
- Unmanned vehicles and mobility – cutting edge technologies that can extend contribution to autonomous mapping, damage assessment, detection of mines and explosives, package deployment, and surveillance;
- Defense technologies – design and development of cost-effective but high-technology defense structures and protective equipment; and
- Space Science and Technology/Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) – use of national aviation and space technology applications to improve rapid retrieval of information for timely and accurate decisions.