The Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which aims to provide a framework for scientific and technical cooperation and collaboration for the attainment of a Self-Reliant Defense Posture (SRDP), DND said.
The MOU was signed by DND Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De la Peña on January 5.
DND said “the SRDP is a key initiative to develop the country’s local defense industry with the end view of eventually sourcing defense materiel from local companies instead of having to import them, thereby boosting the local economy.”
The MOU includes research, development, and acquisition through technology transfers as mechanisms in achieving this particular goal.
“Secretary Lorenzana extended the Department’s sincerest appreciation to the Department of Science and Technology for extending their wealth of skill, expertise, and scientific ability to the DND and its goals, and expressed hope to continue the partnership in achieving a SRDP in line with the mandate of the Revised AFP Modernization Program,” DND said.