‘Controller Operated Battle Ready Armament’ towards a self-reliant PH defense

To improve the firepower capability of armored vehicles of the Philippine Army, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) signed on 23 November 2022 a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Army (PH Army) and the Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines (MRSP) in a ceremony held at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Leading the MOA signing for Project COBRA are (L-R) DOST-MIRDC Executive Director Engr. Robert O. Dizon, PH Army Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Adonis R. Bajao, and Engr. Maricel M. Teogangco of MRSP. Also present are DOST Officials Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. (Standing, 2nd from left) and Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Leah J. Buendia (Standing, 2nd from right). 

This is for the Project COBRA, which stands for Controller Operated Battle Ready Armament, that aims to design and integrate a caliber 0.50 remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) to help address the pressing problems of the Philippine Army such as high dependency on acquisition of imported military equipment and armaments, slow and delayed delivery of technology and support, gun operator of armored personnel carriers or APCs being at the direct line of fire, and long overdue modernization of military assets to adapt to changes to national security and sovereignty needs.

World Robot Olympiad Germany 2022 is the largest international event with 372 teams from 73 countries. WRO is an annual science and technology event and competition that showcase the brilliance of students from all over the world through Robotics.

After 3 years of virtual competition, the Philippine Robotics National Team participated once again in a physical World Robot Olympiad Germany 2022 held last November 14- 21, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. FELTA Multi-Media Inc. President/ CEO Mylene Abiva is the National Organizer for the Philippine Robotics National Team.

The theme of the 2022 WRO season is: My Robot My Friend!

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr shared on Wednesday the full commitment of his administration to all the research and development (R&D) programs and services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the opening of the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration held on November 23, 2022, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

In his keynote message, President Marcos Jr. underscored the importance of harnessing our existing resources and capabilities through various science-based and related efforts and initiatives to provide inclusive development in the countryside as well as career and livelihood opportunities for every Filipino.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has recently conferred the International Publication Award to researchers from its component agencies and offices whose articles were published in reputed journals, among which is the Philippine Journal of Science (PJS).

The PJS is the oldest peer-reviewed scientific journal in the Philippines with its first issue published in 1906. It is published bimonthly under the management of the Science and Technology Information Institute of the DOST.

Overall, there were 22 award-winning PJS articles co-authored by DOST-affiliated researchers. These include nine by those from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI); five from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI); four from the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI); and one each from the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), and the Bicol and Davao Regional Offices (RO5 and RO11).


With a few weeks away before the holiday season, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the entire local scientific community will be already presenting its gift to us through with the staging of the five-day celebration of the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) from November 23-27 at the Hall A of the World Trade Center in Pasay City. 

This year will mark the return of the biggest S&T festivity in the country in a venue like the World Trade Center after two years of settling into enjoying the NSTW right at the comfort of our mobile and desktop devices due to restrictions implemented during the height of the pandemic.