President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the return of the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) in Grades 11 and 12 of the country’s public and private schools.
The approval came after members of the Cabinet discussed the issue thoroughly. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made a presentation proposing an amendment to Republic Act 7077 to make ROTC mandatory.
Lorenzana said the ROTC instills patriotism, love of country, moral and spiritual values, respect for human rights, and adherence to Constitution.
The matter, which will be certified as urgent by the President, will now be forwarded to Congress for approval.
The implementation of the mandatory ROTC was stopped in 2001 following a series of scandals which rocked the program, including the death of a Manila student due to hazing.
The strict implementation of the Anti-Hazing Law was among the measures presented to avoid the repeat of hazing deaths.