During the pre-May National and Local Elections, the Vice Presidential candidate Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio, boldly and repeatedly announced in her political sorties her platform about reviving the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). She wanted, with the concurrence of a large chunk of party-mates and party-supporters, ROTC introduced in the senior high school (Grades 11 and 12) in what used to be the Freshman and Sophomore tertiary education.
The present Vice President Duterte was gifted by the Filipinos by gaining the highest electoral votes of 32 million as proof of support to her platform that included the revival of the ROTC subject – gaining support from PBBM in his SONA!
Let me be blunt about it that i was product of both 2-year Basic ROTC training and 2-year Advance ROTC serving as cadet officer – a prelude to Summer Camp Training and being commissioned with the AFP Reserve Corps. Foremost, graduated from a total of 4 years ROTC training enriched in terms of discipline, courtesy, physical and mental trainings, preparedness in military action, but most specially proud to be a loving citizen oozing with nationalism infused into my veins. I have been always extra proud wearing the spic-and-span khaki and fatigue uniforms as a cadet officer and a reservist.
Unafraid of the FEU ROTC trainings (eating up my Sundays and special holidays when representing my university in parades and competitions), and never mind the night formations/lectures spent as a wannabe advance ROTC cadet officer, eating part of my time for my academic studies. Well, I got compensated when I tied for First place in the Cadet Officer Candidate Course (COCC), one of 42 who qualified to join the Summer Camp Training (SCT) In Fort Magsaysay, and gaining 6th Place among 422 advance ROTC trainees nationwide. If not for my young age, I would have been called active duty (CAD) with the other SECOND LIEUTENANTS serving my Republic!
I urge all young and qualified Filipinos to join the ROTC and show the nationalism running your blood, ready to rally the country’s Red, White, and Blue Flag. Let the unpatriotics have their doctrine be source of fear as unloving Filipinos?
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