The Department of National Defense has welcomed the approval of bill reinstating mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program for Grades 11 and 12 on second reading in the House of Representatives.
“As the voice of the Filipino people, our Representatives’ votes truly reflect the collective sentiments of our people, especially the Filipino youth who will greatly benefit from the ROTC program which aims to instill patriotism, love of country, moral and spiritual values, respect for human rights and adherence to the Constitution,” the DND said.
DND explained that ROTC also strengthens the country’s reserve force which is an important component of national defense and security.
“We thank our legislators for their strong support and appeal to both chambers of Congress to fast track this key defense advocacy of developing the Filipino youth as our nation’s future defenders, patriots and leaders,” DND said.
The bill stipulates four exemptions: physically or psychologically unfit as certified by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Surgeon General or his authorized medical officer; those who have undergone or are undergoing similar military training; those who were chosen by their school to serve as varsity players in sports competitions; those exempt from training for valid reasons as approved by the Department of National Defense upon recommendation of the school.