Mandatory ROTC approved in Congress on 2nd reading

The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 8961, a consolidation of three bills, on second reading. The said bill will revive the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) if signed into law.

Under the bill, mandatory 2-year basic ROTC program will be taken by Senior High School students in public and private schools.

The objective is to produce well-trained and prepared reservists for military and civic service. It also aims to instill patriotism, love of country, moral and spiritual virtues, respect for human rights and adherence to the Constitution.

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.

Bill with same intent was also filed in Senate.