(“The Imposition of ROTC for SHS Curriculum”)


Created by: Robert M. Balinton Jr.

“Scary but Should not”

According to Villanueva (2016), that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is studying the possibility of incorporating the Reserve Officers Training Corps program to the K-12 program if mandatory ROTC will be revived.

ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. The training a student receives in Army ROTC teaches leadership development, military skills and career training. Courses take place both in the classroom and in the field and are mixed with normal academic studies. Additional summer programs, such as Jump School, may also be attended. Upon completion, an Army ROTC graduate is awarded officer status in the Army it is according to the Department of Defense (2017).

AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restitutu Padilla (2017), said that the military is thinking of asking the Department of Education (DepEd) to include the ROTC in the curriculum of senior high school students. He explained that senior high school students are already capable of enrolling in a military course. After graduation, they should be given a chance not only to be employed but to also apply as a soldier.

We are students, yes we all know that many of us are disagree on it and I am too, because it give us more extra stress in campus even in our studies, and also being tired. I am not yet experienced this kind of program or activity in our school before, but I am observing the students who are involved in it, I am observing on what they are doing, that if they was mistaken even if a little thing there are some consequences and castigations for what you had done just for you to be able to learn and acquire knowledge. You must have to pass all those difficulties as you are opted on this kind of task such as push upping, sitting in the air and among other castigations they want you to do.

But, on a long time intellection about this ROTC, I realize that you need it and also I need it, as an individual I have also a weaknesses and strength about something. You don’t know about the next day, if what the possible next to happen. So this approval by our President Duterte is really important for us a senior high school students and I our daily life, to apply and used everywhere, anywhere and somewhere.

Based on these statements about the ROTC for senior high school here in the Philippines on the statements stated by Villanueva, Department of Defense and Brig. Gen. Restitutu Padilla, if am going to select between AGREEMENT or DISAGREEMENT, I would prefer and I am confidently say that I am AGREE on this approval by our President Duterte. I know that all of us are not agree on this activity, because of uninterested, but I, I am really AGREED and I am a lot of reasons why. It’s just because I want to enhance and get some skills in terms of leadership development, military skills and career training. In addition, for us to be ready on college not only in college but in also in the future.

Furthermore, even though we are say that we don’t like, but we need this and I need too, don’t say that it is not important, instead make it as an opportunity especially to those students have a plan to take criminology and soldier courses in their college degree, even of those students wanted to become a teacher, lawyer, and engineering because we don’t prevent the situation that is complicated, so we need to be prepared, being active for we would be able to leveraged in times of needed and used some strategies we learned from ROTC program.



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