The House of Representatives has just approved a bill reviving the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for senior high school students both in public and private schools.
By a resounding vote of 167-4, House Bill 8961 was approved on third and final reading. See screenshot of first page below.
It requires ROTC as a requisite for graduation. However, there are those exempted as follows:
- Those physically or psychologically unfit as certified by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Surgeon General or his authorized medical officer
- Those who have undergone or are undergoing similar military training
- Those who were chosen by their school to serve as varsity players in sports competitions
- Those exempt from training for valid reasons as approved by the Department of National Defense
Download full text of House Bill No. 8961 HERE.