ROTC would bolster country's disaster response capability - PBBM

ROTC would bolster country's disaster response capability - PBBM


It would seem ALL systems are go for the return of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) under the Marcos administration.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was quoted saying that the return of ROTC would definitely help bolster the country’s capability in dealing with disasters.

Marcos said the ROTC is designed to train high school students not only for national defense preparedness but also for disaster response and emergency management.

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“Mas marami rin tayong maihahanda na sibilyan para sa mga ganitong disaster response sa pamamagitan ng ROTC program dahil hindi lang naman national defense ang tinuturo sa kanila kundi disaster preparedness and capacity building para dito nga sa tinatawag na risk-related situations na itinuturo sa kanila (We will be able to prepare more civilians for disaster response like this through ROTC. National defense will not be the only thing to be taught but also disaster preparedness and capacity building on so-called risk-related situations),” he said.

The chief executive made this remark after a magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Northern Luzon last week, leaving at least five people dead and causing massive damages to infrastructure, houses and livelihoods.

Marcos said while Filipinos are naturally caring and always ready to help others in times of disasters, those who respond to calamities must be properly trained and equipped with knowledge and skills in disaster response.

PBBM also took note that Filipinos must always be prepared in times of emergency, given that the Philippines is situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire and the so-called typhoon belt, which makes it highly vulnerable to disasters and other extreme weather disturbances fueled by climate change.

Marcos has been pushing for the revival of the ROTC among senior high schools, declaring it as one of the priority measures of his administration during his first State of the Nation Address on July 25.






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