by RONALYN BANAKEN
From left: Maj. Ericson Bulosan, Maj. Joel Wayagwag, Col. Prudencio Asto, BGen Miciano, UB president Dhanna Kerina Rodas, Col. Aniceto Vicente,
and UB chief security officer Lardizabal Lupadit
The University of Baguio (UB) hosted the opening ceremony of the Special Basic Citizen Military Training Class 06-15 at the UB Centennial Hall on Oct. 10.
BGen Paolo Leo Miciano, commander of the Philippine Army Reserve Command, graced the event. UB president Dhanna Kerina Rodas gave a message during the ceremony.
President Rodas also sat down with officers of the 106th (BNT) 1st Regional Community Defense Group – Army Reserve Command to talk about the possibility of reopening the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) component under the University’s National Service Training Program (NSTP) curriculum. Currently, UB offers Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and Literacy Training Service (LTS).
UB previously offered ROTC; however, the elective was dropped in 2002.
The ROTC component is intended to train and prepare students for national defense. The training covers military discipline and ethics, systematic and strategic planning, and leadership skills. Graduates of the component are organized into the Citizen Armed Force. Meanwhile, graduates of LTS and CWTS are organized into the National Service Reserve Corps, administered by the Department of National Defense, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
The Special Basic Citizen Military Training, which started last Oct. 11, will run until December 2015.