Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas recently expressed his support for the revival of the Reserved Officer Training Corps, ROTC. This is in line to recent news that the House of Representatives has passed House Bill 8961, proposing the Reserved Officer Training Corps Act to be mandatory in senior high school in both public and private educational institutions.
Treñas revealed that the revival will instill patriotism and discipline among the youth. Moreover, he also shared that he underwent Citizens Army Training in his earlier year and did not find anything wrong with it.
“I have nothing against that. It will give children a chance to have military training. They help us in disaster and provide additional manpower during festivals,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in an article by Philippine News Agency. Treñas also expressed that cadets can assist in civic duties such as cleanup and tree planting activities.
Moreover, a summit is set to happen on December 5th and will be attended by 2,500 cadets from selected colleges and universities. The event is organized by the Office of the President through the Presidential Management Staff and Presidential Security Group, in coordination with the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines through the Office of the Reservist and Retiree Affairs.
The activity will highlight a ‘silent drill competition’ to be participated by the Philippine Military Academy, Philippine National Police Academy, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, Philippine Army Officer Candidate School, Philippine Navy Officer Candidate School, and the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School.