DOST gives P16.8-M for mobile command, control vehicle of NE

FUNDING FOR MOCCOV. The Department of Science and Technology turned over a P16.8 million check to the provincial government of Nueva Ecija for the acquisition of a Mobile Command and Control Vehicle or MOCCOV. (Photo courtesy of DOST)
FUNDING FOR MOCCOV. The Department of Science and Technology turned over a P16.8 million check to the provincial government of Nueva Ecija for the acquisition of a Mobile Command and Control Vehicle or MOCCOV. (Photo courtesy of DOST)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) gave the provincial government of Nueva Ecija P16.8 million for the acquisition of a mobile command and control vehicle.

Called the MOCCOV or Mobile Command and Control Vehicle, the unit has its own communication and surveillance device, weather monitoring system, drone, portable rescue boat, medical triaging room, and other equipment essential in disaster response.

The DOST said the project is under the agency's Community Empowerment through Science and Technology program, which aims to strengthen disaster rescue operations of disaster Risk reduction and management offices of local government units.

The agency added that aside from disaster response and rescue, the mobile command and control vehicle could also be used for big events and unexpected situations like calamities, where monitoring is important.

"Through the MOCCOV, digitized and real-time monitoring will enable the disaster risk reduction and management office to conduct response at relief operations in affected areas," the DOST said.

The provincial government will oversee the staffing, maintenance and operation of the mobile command and control vehicle.

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