Police General Oscar Albayalde said in a statement that the Philippine National Police (PNP) fully supports legislation that seeks to revive the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program as part of the regular academic curriculum.
“We are convinced that the ROTC program is designed to build a solid foundation to instill patriotism and nationalism among the youth to become useful citizens who possess the skills, knowledge and the heart to uphold and defend the country’s national institutions and sovereignty,” General Albayalde said.
He added that the PNP will make representations in the drafting of this law and its implementing rules and regulations that will, ideally, include subjects on law enforcement, disaster response, rule of law and civil rights in addition to basic military science subjects of the course curriculum.
“A small country like ours deserve to have a strong reserve force that can be called upon to augment the existing complement of regular forces,” he added.
“God forbid that we will need to mobilize our reserve force like what we did in World War II, but when the situation presents itself, the reservists shall prove themselves ready and up to task,” he said.