By: Saul Pa-a
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna — Laguna 2nd District Rep. Joaquin M. Chipeco on Wednesday emphasized to Calambeños and Lagunenses the need to be courageous and have their voices heard by policy-makers, as he reflected on this year’s 121st Philippine Independence Day theme, “Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan”.
On the sidelines of the Freedom Day rites at the City Hall here, Chipeco gave the Philippine News Agency (PNA) an update on the recent developments in the legislative front, particularly those that concern the country’s educational system.
He said he favors the return of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, in view of contemporary conditions at the home front.
“Another recent development in the legislative front – one which impinges on the ‘Tapang ng Bayan’ (the country’s audacity) issue this time – is the ROTC Bill. If I understand it correctly, Congress has run out of time to finally enact this into law. I am in favor of this measure,” said this city’s incoming lone congressional district lawmaker.
The ROTC instills in the Filipino youth physical discipline, strength and courage, he said.
“Let us have the audacity or the ‘tapang’ to have our voices heard by our policy-makers in the highest echelons of the government. Let us not be mere onlookers or observers of whatever is going on around us,” Chipeco said.
In throwing his support for the ROTC, the Calamba lawmaker defended the necessity to have a solid corps of reservists who would become force multipliers to the regular armed forces should any conflict arise.
“My only reservation in the ROTC bill is that they are going to implement this for Grades 11 and 12,” he said.
“Perhaps, it would be better to implement this among college students, who might have a better appreciation of the activity,” he added. (PNA)