Marcos wants mandatory ROTC in Grade 11, 12

President Ferdinand, “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. announced this Monday that he wants to restore the mandatory Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program to students, which is among the priorities of his administration.

“The aim is to motivate, train, organize, and mobilize the students for national defense preparedness, including disaster preparedness and capacity building for risk-related situations,” Marcos said in his State of the Nation Address.

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In the speech, Marcos announced that the mandatory ROTC and National Service Training Program (NSTP) program would be implemented for Grade 11 and 12 students in public and private schools.

It was in 2002 that the mandatory ROTC program was abolished following the passage of Republic Act 9163, which established the NSTP.

ROTC was abolished following the death of Mark Wilson, a University of Santo Tomas student, in March 2001. It is said that Wilson died at the hands of ROTC handlers, and the corruption in the ROTC corps was revealed.

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Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte previously announced her intention to bring back the ROTC.

Marcos wants mandatory ROTC in Grade 11, 12

Senator said that based on a survey he conducted, 77 percent of parents are in favor of bringing back ROTC.

Last month, Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa assured that he would re-file his mandatory ROTC (Reserve Officers ’Training Corps) bill at the start of the 19th on July 25.

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He said he had already filed a similar bill in the 18th Congress.

“Yes, the same bill that I filed during the 18th Congress, ipa-file ko ngayon doon sa 19th Congress. At titingnan ko kung mayroong proposal ‘yung Office ng Vice President na gagawin nila, isa-submit sa akin, then I am willing to author such a bill na gusto nila, ‘yung version na gusto ni Vice President Inday Sara -Carpio,” the senator said.

Under Dela Rosa’s proposal, there will be an ROTC program in Grades 11 and 12 in public and private schools.

He said his ROTC bill is only compared to the mandatory two-year  promoted by Vice President-elect Duterte-Carpio.

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