Zambo solons favors revival of ROTC PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 August 2016 11:52

Zamboanga City’s first and second district representatives Celso Lobregat and Manuel Jose Dalipe favor the revival of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

The statement of both congressmen came as President Rodrigo Duterte wants a law  seeking to make ROTC mandatory again.

“I favor the revival of ROTC.... It will really instill patriotism and service to the country.  Diferente si tiene ROTC...It gives you a sense of nationalism, service, and defense of the country,” said Lobregat in an interview.

The solon believes that it will strengthen the value of education.

Lobregat is a reservist, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippine Air Force.

On the other hand,  Dalipe said he also favors the move as long as the program has no anomalies just like before where there are students who graduated without passing the ROTC training.

“Tiene yo positive responds conese cay yo personally have undergone ROTC training. Ta mira yo nececita man review y si puede buenamente el programa nuay egual antes anomaliya tiene ta gradua nuay man training. I think it’s best for our country,” Dalipe said.

He also added that other countries also have similar program. “I’m looking at it with favor. I’m inclined to support it. It’s a good program,” Dalipe said.

If ROTC will be revived college students, both male and female, will be required to undergo the ROTC.

In 2002 under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Republic Act (RA) 9163, otherwise known as the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act, makes the ROTC “optional and voluntary.”

ROTC was made one of three components of the NSTP. The two others were called the Literacy Training Services, and the Civil Welfare Training Service. -  R.G. A A. Go