Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV called on students to express their views on the government’s plan to revive the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC).
“We want to know the students’ position on this matter,” said Aquino, chairman of the Committee on Education, said on Thursday.
President Duterte earlier endorsed as urgent a bill reviving the military training program for Grades 11 and 12 students.
Aquino urged students, student councils, and parents’ associations to speak up on the issue by submitting position papers to his committee.
“We will also be conducting online poll through our social media sites to give students and parents an avenue to voice out their opinion before we conduct hearings on this issue,” Aquino said.
At present, three bills calling for the revival of the ROTC are pending with the Committee on Education – Senate Bills 1131, 200 and 189, authored by Senators JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, and Emmanuel Pacquiao, respectively.
ROTC became optional in 2002 through Republic Act 9163 or the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001.
According to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, ROTC instills patriotism, love of country, moral and spiritual values, respect for human rights and adherence to Constitution.Via: MB