Duterte certifies mandatory ROTC bill as urgent

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President Rodrigo Duterte has certified Senate Bill 2232 as urgent. The said bill seeks to place mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program for Grades 11 and 12. An urgent bill can be approved on second and third reading on the same day.

The bill’s counterpart in the House of Representatives is already approved on final reading.

If enacted in its current form, Senate Bill 2232 will be known as AN ACT MANDATING THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION, DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING, ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF BASIC RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORPS (ROTC) IN GRADES 11 AND 12 IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, FURTHER AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7077 , OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE CITIZEN ARMED FORCE OR ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES RESERVIST ACT , AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9163 , OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR.

It’s short title will be Senior High School ROTC Act.

President Duterte said the proposed law is needed to restore basic military and leadership trainings for the youth in order to invigorate their sense of nationalism and patriotism necessary in defending the State and to further promote their vital role in nation-building.