• YOUTH SOLON FILES BILL TO STRENGTHEN NSTP

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    REP. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list on Wednesday filed House Bill 3143 or the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Reform Act of 2013 that seeks to strengthen the NSTP through the establishment of additional socio-civic service programs and completely abolishing the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in colleges and universities nationwide. “Mandatory ROTC advocates cite the impasse in the West Philippine Sea as justification for the program’s reinstatement in colleges and universities. While the Philippine Constitution asserts that the people are duty-bound to defend the State, providing military training, institutional or material support should not be the responsibility of civilian educational institutions,” Ridon explained. According to him, using schools for military purposes is prohibited under the international humanitarian law.
    Neil A. Alcober

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