CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City –The Armed Forces of the Philippines will conduct its 2ndNational Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Summit on 10 December 2016 at GHQ Parade Grounds here in an unyielding effort to re-institutionalize the program.
Colonel Edgard A Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Chief disclosed that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is expected to personally oversee the event as Guest of Honor.
The national gathering of around 600 ROTC cadets and cadettes is in line with President Duterte’s pronouncement to strengthen the ROTC Program during his first State of the Nation Address last 25 July 2016.
“The key initiative of the summit is to re-institutionalize the ROTC Program in response to President Duterte’s pronouncement and the military’s own desire to revive one of its sources of qualified, disciplined, and nation-loving leaders of the country,” said Col Arevalo, adding that there is more to the ROTC program than military drills and formations under scorching heat.
Different presentations from the Major Services such as silent drill exhibitions and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) Capability Demonstration will be highlighted in the summit.
With this year’s theme “Paghubog sa Kabataang Pilipino Tungo sa Makatao, Makabayan at Makabansang Mamamayan,” the Summit will be attended by ROTC stakeholders and cadets from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, members of the academe, ROTC administrators from the AFP, legislators, members of the media, and key policy makers, among others.
The ROTC Program was introduced to the Philippines way back in 1912, when the Philippine Constabulary commenced with military instruction at the University of the Philippines. It has been the main source of reservists in the Armed Forces. However, with the implementation of the Republic Act 9163 making the ROTC Basic Military Training, it became optional and made as one of the components of National Service Training Program, the number of ROTC enrolees has significantly declined in 2002-2003.
“We aim at showcasing the advantages of the ROTC program,” said LtGen Eduardo M Año, AFP Chief of Staff
“The program will develop the youth’s leadership skills, discipline, and love for the country,” he added
“The nation needs prepared citizen soldiers to defend and serve the country. We have to show the youth that the ROTC program is the best means to train them as they rise up to the occasion to serve and defend our country when needed,” LtGen Año said. PAO AFP / MCAG