PNP, DND supports mandatory ROTC in grade 11 and 12

Aileen Cerrudo
ROTC student-cadets during training

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of National Defense support the implementation of mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) training if it passes into law.

According to PNP Spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac, the mandatory ROTC will prepare the youth if they are interested in entering the PNP or the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

It will also train the youth in case there is a need for assistance during calamities.

“Kung saka-sakaling may pangangailangan na magpatawag tayo ng reserba, hindi lamang sa segurdidad kundi pati sa pag-responde sa mga disaster, calamities, and emergencies, (In case there is a need for additional forces, not just for security, but also during disasters, calamities, and emergencies)” Banac said.

Meanwhile, the Department National Defense (DND) also expressed support for the passage of the mandatory ROTC.

In a statement, the DND said the measure will boost the youth’s patriotism and sense of community.

“The reinstatement of mandatory ROTC in Grades 11 and 12 will help instill love of country, good citizenship, respect for human rights, and adherence to the rule of law,” their statement reads.

The House of Representatives approved House Bill 8961 on the 3rd and final reading on Monday (May 20). This will require high school students to undergo ROTC.

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