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National Service Training Program in the Philippines

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ABSTRACT

Name of Researcher:CARMELO JOHN E. VIDAL

Degree:Doctor of Arts
(Major in Educational Management)
Institution:University of Luzon
Address of Institution:Perez Boulevard, Dagupan City
Title of Study:NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
NON-MILITARY PROGRAM COMPONENTS
OF NSTP: BASIS FOR A RESEARCH-BASED IMPLEMENTER’S GUIDE

Background of the Study
Republic Act No. 9163, otherwise known as “An Act Establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for Tertiary Level Students”, amending for the Purpose Republic Act 7077 and Presidential Decree No. 1706, and for other purposes and was signed into law in January 23, 2002, envisioned to address public clamour for reforms in the ROTC Program. The amendment of RA 7077 ushered in college students to be marching under a different tune. CWTS and LTS, both non-military in nature, were born.

NSTP addresses the need for national program of youth development and mobilization for the task of nation building. In view of the said scheme and aims, the Program exists and operates in the context of education and national security systems, both of which are important parts of the larger system of national development and security policy. This potentially synergistic relationship between education and defense needs to be understood better, in view of the systematic link between national development and national security, a vital point relevant to enhanced national service training for the Filipino youth. Now that it is barely seven years of NSTP implementation and abolishing it in view of its perceived irrelevancy and mediocrity is not at all a solution. Assuming for the moment the possibility of the Program’s infirmities, prudence dictates that at the outset diagnostics are in order. To set aside misleading biases and false impressions of the program, this assessment study may serve as empirical evidence. There is of course...