A party-list legislator has renewed the call to pass the bill that seeks to make Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory.
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles filed House Bill 2613, or the “ROTC Act,” which pushes for mandatory ROTC training for Grades 11 and 12 students in all public and private schools.
“We failed to pass this law during the last Congress, but with the full backing of President [Rodrigo] Duterte, the ROTC Law will surely get a wider support not only from our legislators, but from the public in general, considering the high approval rating of the President,” Nograles said.
Under the bill, mandatory basic ROTC training will be provided for students in Grades 11 and 12 as part of the basic curricula for senior high school education in public and private educational institutions.
The bill exempts those who are physically or psychologically unfit, those who have undergone similar training and those who are members of varsity sports teams.
Nograles said the program not only prepares citizens for combat, but also to respond to natural calamities and national emergencies.
Once the ROTC bill gets consolidated in the House, it will have a higher chance of being passed in the Senate.
Over the weekend, Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said reviving ROTC could stop the recruitment of minors by leftist groups.
The AFP earlier said completing the ROTC program does not make a student an “ipso facto soldier,” but there is an urgent need to train the youth to instill discipline, nationalism and love of country, among others.