Way ahead of the nation’s preparedness and resilience, the ROTC Summit commenced on Cebu Technological University’s main campus on the 27th of May 2022.
Given the current situation of the country’s educational system, as online classes are still in effect, ROTC on-the-ground training and demonstrations are still on freeze.
However, as ROTC cadets of the university are still delving online, the digital divide and the difficulty of conducting drills and ceremonies are still a struggle for both instructors and students.
In implementing the mandatory ROTC, the VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Hedeliza Pineda, is with the goal of the nation’s vice president-elect VP Sara Duterte as this will foster discipline and upright character in higher education students towards service to the community.
“Because college students are mature enough, I think it is important to have it mandatory because way back in our time, we were sixteen years old, and ROTC was mandatory,” VP Pineda expounded.
Considering the need to have a patriotic and nationalistic institution as a state university, continuous ROTC drills and instructions for community service are sought the need in the developing nation.
With the theme, “ROTC Cadets of Today, Leaders of tomorrow,” the summit aims to strengthen the ROTC Program, which will eventually rebound into a more robust and more modernized city and armed force, being participated by CTU Main Campus, the ROTC selected cadets, the NSTP University Director-Engr. Asuncion Monsanto, Prof. Julius Basallo- University Director for Community Welfare, and rest of the campus’ key officials.
–Diogracias Olayon/DEVCOM Intern