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Reviving the ROTC for emergency training

In 2001, in the pervading mood of national resentment following complaints against certain units of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in Philippine universities, highlighted by the death of a cadet whose body was found floating in the Pasig River in 2001, Congress enacted RA 9163 , the National Service Training Program Act, that effectively stopped the ROTC program which had long been required for all college students in the country.

A student of Bestlink College of the Philippines in Novaliches, Quezon City injured in the bus crash claimed they were forced to pay P2,250 and join the three-day camping in Tanay to comply with the requirements of their Computer Programming subject, a major subject, and the National Service Training Program.

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Officials of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) have oppose the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to make the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory for college students.

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