Parents supports revival of mandatory ROTC but fears possibility of abuse

admin   •   February 17, 2017   •   11795

PHILIPPINES — Some parents support the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to include the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in school curriculums.

They believe that this will help the youth understand the importance of discipline, leadership and patriotism.

But despite of the support, there are still some parents that worry over the possibility of the training being used to inflict violence among students.

Some of them say that the said program will be good for their children, but insist that the school management should assure that this will not be abused and must be carried out properly.

Virgilio Lindayao, a concerned parent, “ ROTC is okay but the thing is, the previous ROTC was not good, due to incidents of violence, deaths and occurrence of hazing by trainers and officers.”

Meanwhile, according to the group UP Vanguards, an organization composed of retired cadet officers, who are also knowledgeable in ROTC, the implementation of this program among students will be a great help to enhance their abilities in emergency response, and security defense, in case a need arises in their communities.
President Duterte has recently approved the inclusion of mandatory ROTC in curriculums of senior high school students, both in public and private schools.

But the implementation of the program is still pending until such time, that amendments on some provisions of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) law will be made by Congress and Senate. — Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

Continuing the legacy: 3 widows of Marawi heroes join the military

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2019

Three widows of Marawi heroes are now ready to continue the legacy of their husbands who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi in 2017.

Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero are now considered enlisted military personnel after finishing the candidate soldier course.

They are among the 749 new soldiers who underwent and finished the four-month candidate soldier course conducted by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division under the Philippine Army.—AAC

Retired military officer named new OTS administrator

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

Retired Lt. Gen. Raul del Rosario

A retired military officer has been appointed as the new administrator of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS).

Retired Lt. Gen. Raul del Rosario will be the new administrator of the OTS which is an attached agency under the Department of Transportation (DOTr).  

Del Rosario aims to improve the transport security programs and initiatives throughout the country.

“In dispensing transportation service to our passengers, safety and security should be an overriding concern. The public avails of our services in the hope that it will bring them to their destinations safely. We must not fail in this regard,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte officially signed Del Rosario’s appointment papers on August 28, 2019.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed confidence that Del Rosario will be able to elevate the country’s overall transportation security measures.

“Ensuring the safety and security of all passengers is a huge responsibility, and I believe that we have the right man for the job,” he said.—AAC

PNP-AKG personnel to undergo Mandarin training in China

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2019

The Philippine National Police will start sending Anti-Kidnapping Group personnel to China for a training in Mandarin.

Initially, three AKG personnel will be sent to China for the lessons.

PNP-AKG spokesperson Plt.Col. Elmer Cereno said that having their men learn Mandarin is to enable them to properly conduct investigations, especially since most victims in recent kidnapping incidents were Chinese.

Cereno added that as a result of the training, they can cut back on expenses as it will no longer be necessary for them to hire interpreters in rescuing kidnap victims and apprehending the kidnappers who are all Chinese.

“Ito yung nagiging problema natin pag may mga nare-rescue tayong mga Chinese saka pag may nahuhuli tayong kidnappers na Chinese din kailangan muna nating humingi ng tulong sa MRDO o kayay mag- hire tayo ng interpreter para maimbestigahan at malaman kung ano talaga ang punot-dulo noong pagkidnap sa kanila at bakit sila kinidnap [It’s always a problem during rescue operations when the victims and the kidnappers are both Chinese. We still had to seek help from the MRDO or hire interpreters in conducting investigations],” Cereno added.

The official added that the Chinese Consular office will take care of the expenses of the PNP personnel who will undergo the training in China as part of its assistance to the PNP.

This is also China’s way to help their fellowmen who might fall victim to kidnapping.

The project targets to train 20 AKG officers.

“Hindi lang dito sa Camp Crame, magpapadala rin kami ng mga manggagaling ng Visayas at Mindanao key office naming [Not only (the police ) from Camp Crame but also those from our Visayas and Mindanao key offices],” Cereno added.

Based on PNP-AKG data, around 56 kidnapping incidents and 120 arrested Chinese suspects had been recorded since 2017. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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