To instill patriotism and love of country among senior high school students, President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Philippine Congress to pass a bill reinstating the mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
In his speech during the 35th Founding Anniversary of Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) in Tanza, Cavite on November 22, 2018, President Duterte said: “I likewise encourage Congress to enact a law that will require mandatory ROTC for Grades 11 and 12 so we can instill patriotism, love of country among our youth.”
The President said he is considering an issuance of an executive order to reinstate the mandatory ROTC to make the youth responsible and patriotic citizens of the country..
The mandatory ROTC program for college students started in 1912 but was made optional and voluntary in 2002 after some cadets died from hazing, including University of Santo Tomas student Mark Welson Chua, who exposed corruption in the organization.
The youth “have a duty to perform to our country when they grow up. It is our duty to defend the identity and the preservation of the Republic,” President Duterte said.
Photo credit: ROTC file photo from http://trinidad-bohol.gov.ph