From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella on the revival of the mandatory reserve officers training corps program for Grades 11 & 12, 08 Feb 2017

Acting on the Department of National Defense (DND)’s recommendation, the President has approved a bill amending RA7077 which mandates the “institutionalization, development, training and organization” of Basic ROTC in Grades 11 and 12 in public and private schools during yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.

In his 2016 State of the Nation Address, the President made a policy pronouncement to strengthen the ROTC program to “instill love of country and good citizenship” among the youth, and to make it once again mandatory.

The Bill will be submitted to Congress which will deliberate on it before it becomes a law.