AFP celebrates ROTC centennial anniversary

March 4, 2012 12:57 pm 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, March 3 – The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month with various activities lined up throughout the year by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the occasion.

The year-long celebration will kick off with the holding of an AFP ROTC centennial convention at the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo on Sunday.

ROTC cadets played a key role during World War II by organizing guerrillas around the country to fight the Japanese invaders.

For instance, the ROTC Hunters saw extensive action against the Japanese and were responsible in recruiting guerrillas across the land aside from providing intelligence information that greatly helped the liberation of the Philippines by Allied Forces led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Leyte landing on Oct. 20, 1944.

Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Jessie D. Dellosa cited the great contribution of the ROTC in nation building.

“The AFP’s participation in the year-long celebration of the ROTC Centennial Foundation underscores our sincere appreciation and recognition of our Reserve Forces and ROTC cadets who have been significantly contributing in the accomplishment of the AFP mission. They are also essential in molding future military leaders in the country,” Dellosa said in a statement.

He added: “Our involvement marks the AFP’s unswerving commitment to the Internal Peace Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan which promotes national defense and nation-building to which the ROTC and the Reserve Force are vital components.”

Dellosa stressed the AFP’s efforts underlining the ROTC’s invaluable contributions to the national defense and nation-building since its establishment in March 1912 at the University of the Philippines.

The whole-day Centennial Convention will be divided into two activities: AFP ROTC Centennial Challenge and the ROTC “Gabi ng Parangal” which will cover the “Search for the 1st Miss AFP ROTC” and the awarding of 100 Outstanding ROTC alumni. This occasion will serve as the main event of the year-long series of activities to celebrate the Corps’ 100th year of foundation.

This year, the ROTC emphasizes the contribution of the program in shaping future leaders with the theme “ROTC Centennial, 100 years of Molding Leaders from among our Youth in Nation-Building and in the Defense of the Motherland.”

The AFP through the AFP Reserve Command (AFPRESCOM) and the Major Service RESCOMs in coordination with respective ROTC units, cadets, and alumni, and other stakeholders will also conduct nation-wide Blood Letting, Tree Planting, River/Coastal Clean-up, Medical/Dental Civic Action programs, Concert at the Park and other Civil Military Operations (CMO)-related activities throughout the year. This is in line with the issuance of a Presidential Executive Order declaring the year 2012 as the ROTC Centennial Year and the 1st Week of March of every year as ROTC Week.

Last February 19, the AFP participated in the University of the Philippines ROTC Centennial Run and Field Day by showing a display of AFP capabilities and equipment at the UP Diliman Campus. Crew Served Weapons from the AFP, as well as Special Operations Forces personnel from the three Major Services: Army, Air Force and Navy; two Simba AFV armored vehicles, one 105 mm Howitzer; four Squad Tents; and one Medical Team with Ambulance participated in the capability demonstration. (PNA) RSV/RBC/utb

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