President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has approved the return of the Reserved Officers Training Course in Grades 11 and 12 of the country's public and private schools.
The approval by the President which came after the members discussed the issue thoroughly.
This will now be forwarded to Congress and Senate and certified as Urgent by President Duterte.
Following a presentation by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana proposing an amendment to Republic Act 7077 to make ROTC mandatory.
Lorenzana said ROTC instills patriotism, love of country, moral and spiritual values, respect for human rights and adherence to Constitution.
The implementation of the mandatory ROTC was stopped in 2001 following a series of scandals whick rocked the program, including the death of a Manila student due to hazing.
The strict implementation of the Anti-Hazing Law was among the measures presented to avoid the repeat of hazing deaths.
CTO/DA Secretary Manny Piñol