Duterte to Congress : Require ROTC mandatory for grades 11 and 12 students

Duterte to Congress : Require ROTC mandatory for grades 11 and 12 students

About time!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wants to make it mandatory for Grades 11 and 12 students to undergo Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Filipino students undergoing ROTC training (photo credit to owner)

Currently a bill reinstating ROTC is sleeping in Congress and the President is very much inclined to issue an executive order making the comeback of the program for Filipino students.

Being the guest of honor at the 35th founding anniversary of the Army Reserve Command in Tanza, Cavite, Duterte reiterated again his desire for the return of the compulsory ROTC program principally to promote patriotism among Filipino youth.

“I likewise encourage Congress to enact a law that will require mandatory ROTC for Grades 11 and 12 so we can instill patriotism love of country among our youth,” Duterte said

“Kapag madala ng EO, executive order, baka mapilitin ako if they do not act on it. I said this is a constitutional requirement that you must be prepared to defend your country,” the President added.

The President as early last year made his intentions known in his desire for the revival of the ROTC for Grades 11 and  12 in public and private schools.
The only roadblock on this move of the President is the requirement to make an amendment to Republic Act 7077 or the  Citizen Armed Forces of the Philippines Reservist Act.

It was 2001 where the mandatory ROTC program was stopped, following a death of a University of Santo Tomas student who was able to stumble and exposed the alleged corruption in the ROTC program therein.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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