The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday strongly welcomed the approval of mandatory Reserved Officers Training Program (ROTC) by the House of Representatives for senior high school students.
In a statement, the AFP is also expressing hope that the Senate will pass the measure as well.
“The AFP welcomes this development that would pave the way in making ROTC mandatory for Grades 11 and 12. And we thank the House of Representatives for that. Hopefully, the Senate follows suit,” said AFP spokesman Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo.
The Lower Chamber recently approved on third and final reading House Bill 8961 which mandates the institutionalization, development, training, organization and administration of basic ROTC for Grades 11 and 12 in both private and public education institutions.
The House voted 167 in the affirmative, four in the negative and zero abstentions.
“The AFP has been a consistent advocate of a military training program that shall form part of the school curriculum because that will help nurture nationalism and patriotism to the youth,” the AFP said.
ROTC, it stressed, “envisions to instill discipline and sense of purpose; respect for the laws and the authorities; and obedience to rules and regulations to students in a military training environment.”
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has also lauded the decision.