Located in the northern part of New Clark City, the 8-hectare National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training Institute will play a significant role in achieving the national government’s aim to reduce future risks and human and material losses and to strengthen resilience advocacies on emergency management, from prevention to preparedness, response, and recovery. In cooperation with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the comprehensive master development plan (CMDP) for the Institute was formulated to incorporate simulation, training, and learning facilities with recreational spaces, accommodation facilities, and commercial strips.
It will be the first institute in the Philippines that will serve as a knowledge and skills center that will administer people-centered programs and measures to reduce vulnerabilities and risks to hazards as well as provide community-based training courses in disaster risk reduction and management. The Institute will also serve as a crucial backup and contingency location in case a calamity or disaster affects Metro Manila. The site is proximate to the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC), which will house various government agencies including the OCD. The development is currently accessible via the Capas-Botolan Road.
The NDRRM Training Institute will comprise a Training Facility, a Center for Continuing Education, a Recreation Center, and a Simulation Facility Center, which will be a combination of structures and facilities that can simulate a realistic scenario for response in the event of a disaster. The need to integrate the different uses of space and experiences was identified. Thus, the plan interconnects administrative, training, and research facilities with recreational spaces to ensure that the Institute not only accommodates different types of training, research programs, and simulation but also recreational activities that will promote a healthy lifestyle among the future users.