Loren­zana pushes ROTC to in­still love of coun­try in youth

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DE­FENSE Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana re­it­er­ated on Mon­day, Au­gust 26, the im­por­tance of the Re­serve Of­fi­cers’ Train­ing Corps (ROTC) pro­gram in in­still­ing in the youth love of coun­try and ser­vice to the peo­ple.

“I there­fore en­join ev­ery Filipino to heed the call to serve our coun­try, es­pe­cially the youth who are our to­mor­row’s hope. To per­pet­u­ate the cul­ture of pa­tri­o­tism and hero­ism, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to teach the youths love of coun­try and ser­vice to our peo­ple,” Loren­zana said in his 2019 Na­tional He­roes Day mes­sage.

“I be­lieve that ROTC can teach our youths lead­er­ship, dis­ci­pline, re­spect for au­thor­ity and ser­vice to coun­try,” he added.

He re­minded that pa­tri­o­tism is needed to de­fend and pro­tect the coun­try against any forms of threats to safety and se­cu­rity.

“Let this day re­mind us all that love of coun­try is the foun­da­tion upon which our coun­try was built. The act of de­fi­ance against for­eign dom­i­na­tion by our fore­fa­thers de­spite over­whelm­ing odds planted the seed of Filipino na­tion­hood that evolved to be­come what we are now,” he said.

“To­day, we con­tinue to de­fend and pro­tect what they won for us by ad­dress­ing any and all threats to our safety and se­cu­rity. Our brave sol­diers valiantly put their lives in the line of fire twenty four hours a day so our peo­ple can live in peace,” he added.

He said the high­est trib­ute that Filipinos can give their he­roes is to per­pet­u­ate their legacy by en­sur­ing that their good deeds are not for­got­ten, but are em­u­lated.

The ROTC be­came op­tional in 2002.

On May 20, 2019, 167 law­mak­ers voted in fa­vor of House Bill 8961 which man­dates the re­in­state­ment of manda­tory ROTC for stu­dents in grades 11 and 12 in pub­lic and pri­vate schools.

How­ever, moves to re­vive it have met strong op­po­si­tion.

Mean­while, the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) also en­joins the na­tion to pay homage to the coun­try’s na­tional he­roes who sac­ri­ficed their lives for Philip­pine free­dom.

“The Philip­pines achieved its iden­tity due to the noble deeds made by Filipino He­roes, both liv­ing and dead, whom we honor to­day. This is a per­fect day to re­mem­ber the life and work of all these great peo­ple,” PNP spokesper­son Colonel Bernard Banac said in a statement.

“The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice has em­braced this legacy of valor, ser­vice and sac­ri­fice as fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples to its core val­ues of ser­vice, honor and jus­tice that de­scribe ev­ery po­lice cam­paign and mis­sion against threats to peace and democ­racy, that the PNP would ever so du­ti­fully ac­com­plish even at the cost of of­fer­ing the supreme sac­ri­fice,” he added./sun­star Philip­pines

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