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ROTC cadets tapped to help in cleaning up Guimaras

September 10, 2006

EDUCATION officials on Sunday agreed to the possibility of using the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in the cleanup of the massive oil spill in the province of Guimaras.

According to Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Julito Vitrolo, this would serve as a good practice and part of the civic duties of the cadets.

“That [using ROTC in oil spill cleanup] is possible and can be part of the civic welfare especially in the matter of disaster management and preparedness,” he said. “Instead of doing drills, they can be productive by helping in removing the oil spill.”

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, on the other hand, added that the reserves of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should also be included and not just the ROTC.

“That would be a good public service and training. It should include the AFP reserves. This is an opportunity to be relevant in an emergency,” he said as he recalled the role of the national guards in the United States of America during the New Orleans Hurricane.

In the same light the non governmental organization Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas said that the vital role played by ROTC cadets in the cleanup in Guimaras underscores the need to make ROTC mandatory once more.

(For the full story, click ROTC, Sept. 11, 2006.)

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