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.

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