Metro Manila News
Passage of mandatory ROTC bill praised
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday lauded lawmakers for approving on third and final reading House Bill 8961, which calls for mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps training for senior high school students.
“The Department of National Defense welcomes the approval of House Bill 8961 at the House of Representatives on third and final reading. The reinstatement of mandatory ROTC in grades 11 and 12 will help instill love of country, good citizenship, respect for human rights, and adherence to the rule of law,” Lorenzana said.
The House of Representatives voted 167-4-0 to approve the bill on third and final reading.
“We thank our legislators for making the youth their priority. Now more than ever, we need the strength of an empowered Filipino youth with leadership, sense of duty and service, discipline, and leadership to sustain our nation’s growth and momentum,” Lorenzana said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines also welcomed the bill’s approval.
“The AFP is a consistent advocate of a military training program that shall form part of the curriculum because that will help nurture nationalism and patriotism to the youth in schools,” said Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson.
“Today’s youth needs to be exposed to the rudiments of basic soldiery no matter brief to help develop and hone their leadership potentials,” Arevalo added.
He said this move would protect the youth from getting brainwashed by communist rebels.
House Bill 8961 seeks to amend for the purpose Republic Act 7077, or the Citizen Armed Forces of the Philippines Reservist Act.
Under the proposed measure, ROTC training would apply to “all students in Grades 11 and 12 in all senior high schools in public and private educational institutions.”
The bill also states that ROTC training shall be a requirement for graduation.
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