City dad backs ROTC revival

first_img“They help us in disaster and provideadditional manpower during festivals,” he said. “I have nothing against that. It willgive children a chance to have military training,” he said, adding he also wentthrough the Citizens Army Training in high school and ROTC in college and “didnot find anything wrong with it.” ILOILO City – The Chief Executive officer of this highly-urbanized citysupports the revival of the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Treñas said should the proposal beapproved, ROTC cadets can even help in civic duties such as the city’s cleanupand tree planting activities. The House of Representatives haspassed House Bill 8961, or the proposed ROTC Act, calling for the mandatoryROTC in senior high school in both public and private education institutions. On Dec. 5, around 2,500 ROTC cadetsfrom selected colleges and universities and uniformed personnel in the countryjoined a summit in Quirino Grandstand to celebrate and drum up support for theROTC. Mayor Jerry Treñas said the programwould provide the country a source of defense and would help instill disciplineand patriotism among students.  The ROTC training aims to instillpatriotism, discipline, moral and spiritual virtues, respect for human rights,and adherence to the Constitution. The event is being organized by theOffice of the President through the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) andPresidential Security Group, in coordination with the Department of NationalDefense and the AFP through the Office of the Reservist and Retiree Affairs. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img

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