CHED exec welcomes ROTC revival


THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Monday welcomed the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte that he will strengthen the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) as service components of the National Service Training Program (NSTP).

Duterte, in his first State of the Nation Address, stressed the need to make ROTC mandatory again among college students apparently in a move to strengthen the country’s military capability in light of China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea.

“That’s a very positive development,” CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo told The Manila Times.

“The other components should also be enhanced,” he added.
Vitriolo said the Commission en banc and its management committee will discuss “how to approach the issue.”

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian earlier called on the President to endorse a pending bill in Congress that seeks to revive ROTC.

The revival of the ROTC, Gatchalian said, will help drive the point that although the Philippines is a small nation in economic and military terms, it will never back down from its fight for sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea.

The neophyte senator from Valenzuela City is the author of House Bill No. 2338, which seeks to make ROTC part of the curriculum of all college degree courses as well as technical or vocational courses, and a pre-requisite for graduation.

Under the measure, male students will be required to undergo military training while female students will have courses on basic rescue operations and health services.

Gatchalian has said that the number of reserved officers dwindled since Congress abolished the mandatory basic ROTC in 2002.


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  1. Emily Manikis on

    But what is wrong with making everybody undergo military training? It teaches us: discipline; nationalism; how to be a good leader and manager during war and peace time; military skills which may be used as life skills for survival in this dog-eat-dog world when employed; how to gain respect of peers and future employers because it educates you on teamwork and leadership skills; and how to strengthen physical and mental capacities. ROTC combines military as well as civilian life. ROTC cadets add to the reserve force of a nation. ROTC is not a waste of money because the reserve force even permits a country to lessen its military spending during times of peace while sustaining a force ready for war. The reserve force is not a duplication of the Military Academy. You might be surprised to know that many ROTC cadets who have combined military and civilian life during college are very good in leadership, management, marksmanship, drills, reconnaissance, demolition, etc. Many regular and advance course graduates become good leaders in civilian life. They end up as excellent teachers and professors, DRRM specialists, heads of companies, ambassadors, executives, doctors, lawyers, engineers, pilots, researchers, geologists, and a whole lot more of professions.

  2. Mabait na Pinoy on

    Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian makes everybody undergo military training, as a prerequisite for graduation in college? Did he realized that it is also requires a lot of money to support this program and activity? Training materials, equipment, classrooms and field trainings, manpower, spaces, and more require almighty MONEY. Why duplicate the Military Academy’s mission? They produce very fine military leaders and the enlisted training, such as airborne, air assault, ranger, recon, demolition, sniper, and more specialties are excellent. Therefore, the College ROTC program that Gatchalian suggesting is stupid, redundant, and waste of time, money, and resources. He needs to recruit someone to advice him on such issues like this to save him from making a fool of himself. Ask Trillanes some advice on consultants.