Leyte gov backs ROTC revival
TACLOBAN CITY — Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla is supporting the order of President Duterte to revive the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
He said the ROTC’s revival was timely since the country was facing threats not only from within but also from outside forces.
Petilla, chairperson of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, cited the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea.
“Anyway, it’s only in case of emergency. Today is an Independence Day, it’s better if we will show our love of our country,” he told the Inquirer after spearheading the commemorative rites to celebrate Independence Day at the Capitol.
President Duterte earlier certified as urgent a bill that sought to revive the ROTC, saying it was needed “to invigorate the (youth’s) sense of nationalism and patriotism necessary in defending the State and further promote their role in nation-building.”
If the bill were enacted into law, Grades 11 and 12 would be required to take ROTC .
Petilla said he asked his constituents during his visits in the barangays if they were willing to sacrifice for the country
“They told me that they were willing to fight. But the problem, they should be equipped. It’s really good if they are to undergo training, even at least how to handle a gun,” the governor said.
Petilla cited the case of South Korea where all its male citizens aged 18 to 28 were required to undergo military training for about two years.
Hes said some parents may object to the ROTC’s revival because this would mean additional costs since another set of uniform would be required. (Editor: Leti Boniol)
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