Solons Urge Military Training for Grades 11, 12 Students

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Solons Urge Military Training for Grades 11, 12 Students


By Charissa M. Luci

Lawmakers are seeking the restoration of mandatory military training for all Grade 11 and Grade 12 students, citing the need to strengthen the country's capacity to address any national security threat or national emergency as well as the volatile situation in the West Philippine Sea.

Iloilo Rep. Raul (Boboy) Tupas said there is a need to reinstate Sections 38 and 39 of Republic Act 7077, otherwise known as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reservist Act.

He said Republic Act 9163, or the National Service Training Program of 2001, made the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. (ROTC) optional among male college students, which resulted in the decrease in those pursuing military training.

"At present, there is an increasing concern about the sustainability of the Armed Forces reserve manpower supply and the country's capacity to respond to any national security threat or national emergency, not to mention our country's stake in the West Philippine Sea," Tupas said.

He filed House Bill 5097 seeking to inculcate discipline, patriotic ideals and love of country among the youth.

Under HB 5097, the first two years of ROTC training, which is mandatory, shall serve as basic training, while the second two years, which is voluntary, shall be referred to as advance ROTC.

The bill calls for the establishment of Reserve Officers' Training Corps units which shall conduct military training for the students of colleges, universities and other learning institutions for the purpose of producing enlisted and officer reservists. …

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