13th National Congress of Philippine Society of NSTP Educators and Implementers, Inc. (PSNEI) in Preparation for the Formation of NSRC and K to 12 Implementation
Last April 28, 2015, St. Scholastica’s College joined the 13th National Congress of Philippine Society of NSTP Educators and Implementers, Inc., represented by Ms. Gale Arrosa, the school’s NSTP facilitator. The conference was held in Punta Villa Resort, St. Niño Sur Arevalo, Iloilo City.
The congress was graced with the presence of different prestigious colleges and universities from the different regions of the country. A total of 404 delegates attended the national congress. The main theme of this year’s congress stresses on preparations for NSTP-NSRC in the full implementation of the K-12 program.
Dr. Cesar H. Medina, Director IV, OSDS – Commission on Higher Education, discussed the formation of NSRC (National Service Reserve Corp). His lecture accentuated section 11 of the RA 9163 or the NSTP Act 2001, which particularly highlights the creation of a National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC). The NSRC will be composed of the graduates of non-ROTC components, namely, the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and the Literacy Training Service (LTS). The members of the NSRC would be tapped by the state for literacy and civic welfare activities. This would be a joint effort with the different agencies such as DND, CHED and TESDA.
CHED also stated that they are challenged by the full implementation of the K-12 Program of the Department of Education. The K-12 program will be taking the supposed first and second year college in the tertiary level. In the provision of the law, the students will take the NSTP in their first year of their college years and their ages start from 16 to 17 years old. And in the K-12 program the same provision will be applied; students will take the NSTP in their college years. It will be more efficient and effective to implement the NSTP because the students will be in their right age of maturity.
Dr. Medina stated that after 13 years of implementing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) in the country, a total of 2.8 million NSTP graduates were produced from 2,299 higher education institutions nationwide. The NSTP program is the government’s response to train and develop values among the youth to prepare them to be future leaders of the country. Volunteerism is a tangible factor in preparing the NSTP graduates for mobilizing the NSRC in the future.
The seminar ended on April 30, 2015 with an open forum wherein different schools shared how they started forming the NSRC pool in their respective schools and some of their disaster response activities.
By: Ms. Gale S. Arrosa