Bulacan receives mobile command center from DOST

Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando received the Mobile Command and Control Vehicle (MOCCOV) from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in the City of Malolos.

Fernando thanked DOST for its support to the provincial government of Bulacan, particularly the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

MOCCOV is a mobile facility that can be used to plan, direct, coordinate, and control material and manpower resources in times of emergency.

It is equipped with various capabilities for emergency situations to exercise contingency and response plans and has its own weather station system, drone, satellite phone, and other communication and surveillance equipment.

In times of rescue operations, the technology has included triage with available rescue equipment and medical apparatuses.

“Lubos po ang aming pasasalamat sa malaking tulong na ito sa rescue response ng probinsiya. Sa teknolohiyang ito, mabilis na maisese-set up kahit saang lugar kapag may tatamang kalamidad ang nasabing MOCCOV na mobile at command center/post at triaging trailer tent (We are really grateful for this big help to the province's rescue response. With this technology, we can immediately set up the MOCCOV that serves as command center/post and triaging trailer tent anywhere if there are calamities)," Fernando said.

DOST Bulacan Regional Director Angelita Parungao said that the P16.8 million MOCCOV was developed by a Filipino inventor named Dennis Abella, and the first beneficiary in Central Luzon is Bulacan.

The MOCCOV is a joint project of the DOST 3, Office of Civil Defense 3, and Office of Senator Joel Villanueva. It is the latest Science and Technology intervention in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation funded by the DOST Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (DOST CEST).