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ROTC to be made mandatory

You probably heard, if not read, the news circling around that President Duterte has approved the return of the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to country’s schools. But this time, instead of college, it would be for students in senior high or grades 11 and 12 in both public and private schools.

Way back during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), the president has called for strengthening of the ROTC program, believing that it would instill discipline among students.

Even then, Kabataan Partylist, a partylist that represents the interests of the youth sector, has already expressed resistance to its revival, appealing that it is violent and should not be made mandatory. Kabataan instead, stated that the program should be abolished.

Recently, the Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on his facebook post that Pres. Duterte’s approval of the mandatory ROTC came after thorough discussion with the cabinet members. He added that the proposal will now be forwarded to Congress and Senate and certified as urgent by the president. Included also on the post was Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statement that “ROTC instills patriotism, love of country, moral and spiritual values, respect for human rights and adherence to Constitution.”

In addition, Piñol said that strict implementation of Anti – Hazing Law is one measure to avoid repetition of hazing deaths since mandatory ROTC has stopped due to series of scandals, including a student’s death because of hazing.

ROTC has since became “optional and voluntary” alongwith Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and Literacy Training Services components under National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act RA 9163. Numbers of students choosing ROTC then decrease by more than half from year 2000 to 2005.

With the rise of the issue about mandatory ROTC’s revival, Filipinos are now expressing their sides, having in consideration its pros and cons. Would it really instill discipline and patriotism amongst youth or would history only repeat itself, whereas hazing has been a major fright?

Fellow Caviteños and Caviteñas, how about hearing from you?

 

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  1. beng arroza

    February 10, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Hindi ako payag na maibalik ang ROTC.Paano kung mahina ang katawan ng bata,kaya ba nilang panagutan yun in case man na anung mangyari sa bata,mapatiyempo pa sa ROTC officer na kadalasan nag pa power tripping,pinahihirapan mga members,at kapag may nangyari nagtuturuan na,nagtatanggihn na,kawawa mga napahirapan.Dagdag hirap yan sa mga studyante,lalo na sa mga kapos at nagsisikap na makatapos sa pag aaral sa kabila ng kahirapan sa buhay,humabang taon na pag aaral,dadagdagan pa ba ng pahirap sa physical na katawan ng mga studyante,kulang pb.Gastos pa sa uniform,waste of time,money and effort.

    • Jacob Fuerzas

      February 10, 2017 at 10:29 am

      I dont know if ” BATA ” pa na maituturing ang College level na student na nakadaan sa K-12 program.Hindi ko alam kung saang institusyon ka galing pero sa amin kasi binibigyan ng exception ang mga taong mahihina ang katawan kapag nakapag pakita ng medical records.Kung tama ang pag tuturo sa ROTC nila hindi sila magtuturuan kasi “the fault of one is the fault of all” sa platoon.Sa pagkakaalam ko din kasi sa amin talaga ang Uniform na pag ROTC ay napakikiusapan naman ang mga officers kung wala ka talagang pag Uniform.

  2. Bianca

    February 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    dapat naman talaga meron tayong ROTC katulad nung naunang panahon.
    para pag may emergency events may kaalaman tayo sa mga bagay-bagay.

  3. Jacob Fuerzas

    February 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Gawing mandatory ang ROTC para mabalik sa Pilipinas ang camaraderie sa kapwa Pilipino. Dito nila malalaman ang pagkakaisa, hindi gaya ngayon na ang mga kabataan na nakapag tapos ng kolehiyo ay walang pake sa kapwa nila. IBALIK ANG FILIPINO DATI !

  4. sebastian vergara

    February 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Dapat para magkaroon ng disiplina at kaalaman ang mga kabataan,hindi facebook ang alam lang at web surfing.

  5. jezreel

    February 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    yes. for our country’s sake. but the training should be serious as if they are really soldiers fighting against our enemies. the burden or desire to be a soldier must be infused within their hearts. we need more soldiers who will protect our country especially nowadays we have a lot of enemies. granted that we do not have enemies, our attitude should be like a soldier ready to defend, protect our country.

  6. Restituto

    June 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Yes Dapat ibalik. Dapat matuto lahat military discipline. Hindi ako nakaranas nyan pero kung inabutan man ako ng mandatory ROTC ay okay lang. Dati tutol ako pero narealize ko napakastrategic location ng bansa natin, hindi mawawalan ng bansang gusto sumakop sa atin, mapa China o Amerika. Kaya kung wala mang mandatory military service, dapat atleast mandatory ang ROTC.

  7. Love

    July 8, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Tama lang ibalik to. Ang daming kabataan puro pasaway. It’s about time na ibalik yan para ang isipin ng kabataan ay hindi lang sarili nila kundi pati ang sa bayan. Bigyan sila ng sense of responsibility and nationalism. Tulad sa Korea, kahit sikat kang artista, businessman, mayaman, mahirap, walang hindi dadaan sa military services.

  8. Alexa

    July 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    walang kwenta naman yang rotc na yan, pahirap lang sa buhay ng mga studyante. Stress na nga sa pagaaral dadagdagan pa ng another na problema ang mga studyante. maigi sana kung may kwenta mga officers eh, hindi ginagawa lang kawawa at alipin mga kadete. so hindi habang nagaaral pa ang mga bata wag muna sila bigyan ng ganyang pahirap.

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