- President Duterte urged Congress to enact a law that will make ROTC mandatory for Grades 11 and 12
- The President said the ROTC can instill patriotism among the youth
- If Congress fails to heed his call, Pres. Duterte said he will just issue an executive order
President Rodrigo Duterte encouraged the Congress to pass a law that would make Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory for Grades 11 and 12,
In his speech during the 35th Army Reserve Command Founding Anniversary at the General Mariano Diego de Dios camp in Tanza, Cavite on Thursday, November 22, President Duterte reiterated his call for a mandatory ROTC program for senior high students in order to instill love of country among the youth.
“I encourage the Congress to pass a law that would require mandatory ROTC for Grades 11 and 12 so you can instill patriotism and love of country to the youth,” Duterte said.
The President has been vocal about the revival of mandatory ROTC even as a presidential candidate in the May 2016 national elections; saying it would augment Philippine forces to defend the Philippine territory from foreign aggressors.
In case the Congress does not heed his call for a mandatory ROTC, the President said he would just issue an executive order, if it is legal for him to do so.
“Kung madala ito ng Executive Order baka mapilitan ako if they do not act on it. I said that this is a Constitutional requirement, that you must prepare to defend your country,” he said.
As per the Inquirer, in 2001, ROTC was made optional and voluntary through Republic Act 9163 or the National Service Training Program Act of 2001.