Press Release
February 9, 2017

Bam to consult students on planned ROTC revival

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Sen. Bam Aquino wants students and their parents to speak up on the government's plan to revive the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) for Grades 11 and 12.

"We want to know the students' position on this matter," said Sen. Bam, chairman of the Committee on Education.

Sen. Bam called on students, student councils and parents' associations to express their views on this plan by submitting position papers to his committee.

"We will also be conducting online poll through our social media sites to give students and parents an avenue to voice out their opinion before we conduct hearings on this issue," Sen. Bam stressed.

At present, three bills calling for the revival of the ROTC are pending with the Committee on Education - Senate Bills 1131, 200 and 189, authored by Sens. JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian and Manny Pacquiao, respectively.

The ROTC became optional in 2002 through Republic Act 9163 or the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001.

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