SEN. Richard Gordon encouraged all Filipino students to undergo a mandatory basic citizen training for at least six weeks per year for a period of two years.
Gordon has filed Senate Bill 927, or the “Citizen Service Act of 2019,” seeking to require basic citizen service training, establish a citizen service corps and create the Citizen Service Commission.
He explained that the Constitution provides that the State recognizes the key role of the youth in nation-building and shall ensure their well-being. It shall instill in them a sense of patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs.
Under the bill, full time basic citizen service training for at least six weeks for a period of two years shall be mandatory for Filipino students who are at least 18 years of age, regardless if they are taking vocational or baccalaureate courses.
The basic training shall cover military training focusing on external and territorial defense; internal security and peace and order; and disaster risk reduction and management.
Those with medical conditions that prevent them from participating in the above programs may instead participate in first aid and life support, and humanitarian-related training provided by the Philippine Red Cross.