Virtual simulations are considered essential for the training of staff regarding Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health (DRRM-H), as per the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The announcement was made by DOST Undersecretary Rowena Guevara at the same time that she disclosed that the DOST is considering a plan to establish DRRM-H centers in a number of different regions.


Live simulations and large-scale exercises need a budget and extensive planning. Dangerous environments require logistics and protection for trainees. However, the DOST Undersecretary Guevara attested that the virtual simulation training is a cost-effective way in the management of simulations in disaster training.

Virtual simulation technologies make learning better in the long run while improving abilities. The DOST’s Science for Change program funded the UPM DRRM-H Center with a Php69.4 million fund, which opened on Wednesday.

This center serves healthcare practitioners, disaster responders, leaders and managers, LGUs, other national government organizations, and commercial entities, wherein the public and the general community can use. In essence, anyone can be trained.

DOST Undersecretary Guevara claimed work began in 2018 and concluded in 2021, but improvements were completed this year. Now offering training, research, and consulting.

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