President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed reinstating mandatory military training in the K-12 curriculum. Duterte reportedly wants to make ROTC mandatory again to instill 'discipline' and 'patriotism' in young people, according to reports. ROTC stands for Reserve Officers Training Corps. The main purpose of the ROTC program today is to train young men and women to become officers. Students taking ROTC can immediately begin serving as officers in the military after graduation.
ROTC began in the Philippines in the year 1912, when the Philippine Constabulary initiated military instructions at the University of the Philippines (UP), which established the first official ROTC unit in 1922. In 1939, then-President Manuel Quezon issued Executive Order 207, which made ROTC courses mandatory at all colleges and universities with more than 100 students. In 1967, then-President Ferdinand Marcos issued Government Order 59 requiring all teaching institutions with at least 250 students enrolled in the university to have an ROTC. In 1991, Congress passed RA 7077, the Philippine Resident Military Reserve Act. Sections 38 and 39 of the Act require all male college students to complete multiple years of compulsory military training (ROT Base Basic Education), while additional years in the ROTC training program are optional. The underlying philosophy of these laws is a belief in the role of Filipinos as citizens and soldiers - the intellectuals and militant guardians of the democracy in which they live.
ROTC is an elective course that you take along with required college courses. It's a mechanism that brings such a diverse group of citizens into the military. In addition, it offers an educational experience that is very different from a military academy. Citizenship and exposure to classmates, style, diversity of training, and the combination of ROTC military discipline and university intellectual freedoms lead to significant differences in the education and training of ROTC officers. Students bring this diverse college experience into the military, thereby isolating the military from the rest of society.
It prepares all high school students with the tools, training, experience, and practical skills to help youth succeed in any competitive environment. Along with others, they were involved in a program aimed at building and strengthening teamwork and brotherhood among soldiers.ROTC began in the Philippines in 1912 when the Philippine police initiated a military directive at the University of the Philippines (UP), which established the first official ROTC unit in 1922. In 1939, then-President Manuel Quezon issued Executive Order 207 establishing the ROTC program to be enforced at all institutions of higher learning with more than 100 students.
Having an ROTC mandatory program could have a positive impact on our economy if we are to analyze and deepen our own understanding and knowledge. ROTC plans to implement changes so that the training of students is comprehensive, values-oriented, and appropriate for social awareness and character development, especially among adolescents. Through the mandatory ROTC program, we can promote the unity of our nation. Our country progresses when everyone in our community has patriotism and a desire to serve our country. It makes sense that we should fight for, protect, respect, and give absolute priority to our country.
ROTC Mandatory is our nation's solution to terrorism and insurgency. First, ROTC focuses not only on the practical issues of the project itself but also on larger political issues related to the role of the military in Philippine society. Second, in this program, we have the leadership, teamwork, and management skills required to become officers in the Philippine Army. Finally, it can help the peoples of the world build democratic institutions, govern and secure themselves, and institutionalize freedom and human rights.
A mandatory ROTC program provides financial support to educate a student and develop their skills. This program can have a positive impact on our economy. It can be our nation's solution to terrorism and insurgency. I believe the ROTC program can help us and our country to be more progressive, have self-discipline and be responsible citizens in our community so that we can serve our country.