Galvez Believes ROTC Program Can Help In Curing Mental Health Problems

Galvez on ROTC program: “Yun ang pagkakaiba po sa NSTP. Ang experience training talaga pong naisasapuso niya po ang lahat ng ginagawa niya.”

GALVEZ – Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. believes that the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program can help in curing mental health problems.

Carlito Galvez Jr.
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On Monday, senators are conducting a hearing on proposals to make the ROTC program mandatory for college students in the Philippines.

The Defense Secretary explained during the Senate hearing that the ROTC program can train the students “to the limits” as the said program is experiential unlike the NTSP (National Service Training Program).

Ang experience training talaga pong naisasapuso niya po ang lahat ng ginagawa niya. ‘Yung [survival] instinct nandoon,” he said. “So yung sinasabi nating mental problem, it can be cured, kasi yung frustration tolerance ng tao, tataas.

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He added that the ROTC training will hone future counsellors and mentors who can help those who are experiencing mental health problems such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

He also said that there were no developments in the youth since the implementation of the law on the National Service Training Program.

Napakatagal na natin na 21 years na ‘yung NSTP natin, hindi natin nakita yung tinatawag nating development sa ating mga youth ngayon– ‘yung tinatawag nating sense of nationalism, self…service at ‘yung tinatawag nating commitment to serve our country,” Galvez said.

The Defense Secretary made the remark at a Senate hearing on Monday as he expressed support for the bills which seek to make the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program mandatory.

Convened by the Senate Committee on Higher, Technical, and Vocational Education, the Senate hearing is joined by officials from the Department of National Defense (DND).

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