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Implementing Rules and Regulations

Of the

NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM (RA 9163)

Pursuant to Section 12 of Republic Act No. 9163 otherwise known as the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Department of National Defense (DND), in consultation with the concerned government agencies, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA), Non- Government Organizations (NGOs) and recognized student organizations, hereby jointly issue, adopt and promulgate the following implementing rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the Act.

Rule I

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Section 1.            Guiding Principle.

While it is the prime duty of the government to serve and protect its citizens, in turn it                                  shall be the responsibility of all citizens to defend the security and promote the general                                          welfare of the State, and in fulfillment thereof, the government may require each citizen                          to render personal military or civil service.

Section 2.            Role of the Youth

a.            In recognition of the vital role of the youth in nation- building, the State shall                                                      promote civic consciousness among them and shall develop their physical,                                                          moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well- being. It shall inculcate the ideals of                                                               patriotism, nationalism, and advance their involvement in public and civic                                                    affairs.

b.            As the most valuable resource of the nation, they shall be motivated, trained,                                                   organized and involved in military, literacy, civic welfare programs and other                                                       similar endeavors In the service of the nation.

Rule II

DEFINITION OF TERMS

Section 3.            As used in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the following terms shall                                         mean:

a.            “National Service Training Program” (NSTP)- refers to the program aimed at                                                        enhancing civic consciousness and defense preparedness in the youth, by                                                           developing the ethics of service and patriotism while undergoing training in any                                                       of the three (3) Program components, specifically designed to enhance the                                                           youth’s active contribution to the general welfare;

b.            “Reserve Officers Training Corps” (ROTC)- refers to the Program component,                                                     institutionalized under Sections 38 and 39 OF Republic Act No. 7077, designed                                                    to provide military training to tertiary level students in order to motivate train,                                                        organize and mobilize them for national defense preparedness;

c.             “Literacy Training Service” (LTS)- refers to the Program component designed to                                                                train the students to teach literacy and numeracy skills to school children, out-                                                  of-school youths and other segments of society in need of their services;

d.            “Civic Welfare Training Service” (CWTS)- refers to the Program component or                                                    activities contributory to the general welfare and the betterment of life for the                                                                members of the community or the enhancement of its facilities, especially those                                             devoted to improving health, education, environment, entrepreneurship, safety,                                   recreation and moral of the citizenry and other social welfare services;

e.            “Program Component” – refers to the service components of the NSTP as                                                           defined herein;

f.             “Clustering”- refers to the grouping of students enrolled to different                                                                     schools and taking up the same NSTP component into one (1) group under the                                                                 management and supervision of a designated school;

g.            “Cross Enrollment”- refers to a system of enrollment where a student is officially                                             enrolled in and academic program of an origin school but is allowed to enroll in                                                  the NSTP component of another accepting school;

h.            “Non- Government Organization” (NGO) – refers to any private organization                                                     duly accredited by CHED or recognized by TESDA; and

i.              “Student Cadet”- refers to a student enrolled in the ROTC component

Rule III

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

Section 4.            Coverage

a.            All incoming freshmen students, male and female, starting School Year (SY)                                                        2002- 2003, enrolled in any baccalaureate and in at least two (2) year technical-                                                  vocational or associate courses, are required to complete one (1) NSTP                                                                       component of their choice, as a graduation requirement.

The above provision however does not include the following:

a.1.        Students who finished or graduated from a baccalaureate degree or two                                                             year, technical- vocational or associate course and pursuing or enrolled                                                                                in another or additional baccalaureate degree or two- year technical-                                                                    vocational or associate course in SY 2003- 2004, and:

a.2.        Students who completed any of the three NSTP components but                                                                                              considered freshmen to the course where they transferred or shifted.

a.3.        Foreign students or aliens.

b.            All higher educational institutions including State Universities and College                                                            (SUCs) and technical- vocational education institutions must offer upon                                                                                enrollment, all the three (3) NSTP components. However, State Universities and                                                              Colleges (SUCs) are required to maintain and provide the ROTC component. In                                                  cases that the enrollment of ROTC Cadets is less than 350 then, the provisions of                                   clustering in Section 7 of NSTP IRR (RA 9163) should be followed.

c.             Program of study (syllabus) and enrolment forms shall bear the “NSTP” without                                                               stating therein the three components. There shall be an orientation for all NSTP                                                               enrolled to be jointly conducted by the ROTC, CWTS, and LTS coordinators/                                                         implementers. Students enrolled in the first semester of the freshmen year shall                                            be made to undergo a common module phase for 25 hours training period.                                                                 Subjects covered are: citizenship training, drug education, disaster awareness,                                                               and preparedness and management; environmental protection; and other                                                        national security concerns. Upon completion of the common module phase, the                                                                 student must select the specific NSTP Program components the he/ she will                                                    pursue.

d.            The Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Philippine Merchant Marine Academy                                                  (PMMA), Philipppine National Police Academy (PNPA) is exempted from the                                                     NSTP in view of the special character of these institutions. Other State                                                                   Universities and Colleges of similar nature will be exempted subject to approval                                                        of the Department of National Defense.

e.            Private Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and technical vocational education institutions with at least 350 student cadets, must establish/ maintain a Departments of Military Science and Tactics (DMST), subject to existing rules and regulation. For DMST previously approved and activated shall retain the status regardless of the number of cadets. However, for DMST has been created after approval of this IRR, there must be a minimum of 350 cadets. In cases where the number of cadets will be lesser thank 350 clustering of ROTCU will be undertaken with the ROTCU of the State University and Colleges within the nearest environ with the lead role.

 

 

Section 5.            Program Components

  1. a. The NSTP shall have the following components which the students can choose from as defined in Rule II, Section 3 hereof: The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Literacy Training Service (LTS), and Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS).
  1. b. All program components; the ROTC in particular, shall give emphasis on citizenship training and shall instill patriotism, moral virtues, respect for the rights of civilians and adherence to the Constitution.
  1. c. The CHED and TESDA, in consultation with the DND, and PASUC, COCOPEA and other concerned government agencies, may design and implement such other non-military training components as may be necessary in consonance with the provision of R.A. 9163
  1. d. Within thirty (30) days from the approval of this IRR, the CHED, TESDA, and the DND shall jointly issue the minimum standards for the three (3) NSTP components, which shall form part of these guidelines.

Section 6.            Duration and Equivalent Course Unit

  1. a. Each of the aforementioned NSTP components shall be undertaken for an academic period of two (2) semesters. It shall be credited for three (3) units per semester for fifty- four (54) to ninety (90) training hours per semester.
  1. b. A One (1) Summer Program (OSP) in lieu of the two (2) semester program may be designed, formulated and adopted by the DND, CHED and TESDA, subject to the capability of the school and the AFP to handle the same.
  1. c. Earned NSTP units shall not be included in the computation of Grade Point Average (GPA) grades of college graduating students.

Section 7.            Clustering and Cross- Enrolment

  1. a. Clustering of students from different education institutions during semestral or summer periods may be done for any of the NSTP component, taking into account logistics, branch of service and geographical locations. The host school shall be responsible in managing the Program.
  1. b. The school must allow any NSTP student to cross- enroll in any CHED/ TESDA recognized institution. In cases that the enrolment of ROTC Cadets is less than 350 then, the previous provisions of clustering in Section 7 of NSTP IRR (RA 9163) should be followed.
  1. c. Students intending to cross- enroll shall be subject to the existing rules and regulations of the school of origin and the accepting school.

Section 8.            Monitoring and Evaluation

  1. a. Management
  1. a. 1.    The school authorities shall exercise academic and administrative supervision over the design, formulation, adoption and implementation of the different NSTP components in their respective schools. Subject to the provision of this IRR.
  1. a. 2.    There should be an NSTP Office in each school or college/ university headed by an NSTP Director or its equivalent position responsible for the implementation of the Program. Each of the NSTP components Is considered a distinct and/ or separate unit under the NSTP Office, and the head of the unit shall report directly to the NSTP Director or its equivalent position.
  1. a. 3. A functional chart of the NSTP Office shall be structured based on the capability of the institution to sustain the component program being offered based on the number of enrollees.
  1. a. 4.    In the case of ROTC, the school authorities and DND, subject to the policies, regulation and programs of DND on the military component of the training, shall exercise joint supervision over its implementation.
  1. a. 5.    NGOs contracted by the school must secure a joint accreditation from CHED, DND and TESDA to formulate and administer training modules for CWTS and LTS components. CHED, DND and TESDA shall jointly exercise such academic and administrative supervision with those NGOs. Within forty five (45) days from approval and issuance of this IRR, the CHED, TESDA and DND shall issue the necessary guidelines for the accreditation of non- government organizations (NGOs) and training modules to be utilized by these NGOs.
  1. a. 6.    The DND shall formulate and administer training modules for the ROTC program.

b.            Monitoring

b.1.        An NSTP Joint Committee at provincial, regional and national                                                      level shall be created by Tripartite agreement for monitoring all the                                                        program components in the various institutions.

b.2. CHED/ TESDA Regional Offices, and DND- AFP (through the Major Service                                    Reserve Commands), shall oversee and monitor the implementation of the NSTP                            under their respective jurisdiction, to determine If the trainings conducted are                                         in consonance with the Act. These offices shall submit periodic reports to the                                             NSTP Joint Coordinationg Committee.

b.3.        An Annual NSTP Performance Evaluation (ANPE) shall be conducted                                                       towards the end of the school year to evaluate and determine the                                                          achievement of                training objectives of the NSTP three components                                                           program.

CHED, TESDA, and DND (through Major Service Reserve Commands)                                                      shall formulate respective evaluation parameters on program                                                                    administration and implementation which shall jointly form part in the                                                   minimum standards.

b.4.        At the end of every school year, the Higher Education Institution shall                                                    submit an Annual Reprt to the CHED Regional Offfice copy furnished the                                              Office of the Student Services in electronic template indicating the                                                            following:

b.4.1.     Names who finished under each NSTP component,

b.4.2.     The programs, projets and activities, undertaken with pictorials                                                                                and documentation as much as possible, and

b.4.3.     Financial statements on the funds collected, and utilized.

The annual report on NSTP by the university or college shall be                                                                  made available to faculty, students and the general public in the                                                               NSTP Office.

In regions with universities and colleges having two or more                                                                       campuses, the university concerned shall consolidate the report                                                              before submission to CHED Regional Offices.

b.5.        In cases of violations of guidelines, warning and/or sanctions shall be                                                     imposed to schools and accredited NGOs’ pursuant to permanent rules                                                                and regulations.

Rule IV

FEES AND INCENTIVES

Section 9.            Fees

a.            No fees shall be collected for any of the NSTP component                                                                          except basioc tuition, which should not be more than fifty (50%)                                                              oercent of the charges of the school per academic unit. NSTP                                                                     fees collectedshall constitute a Trust Fund, which shall be                                                                      exclusively used for the operation of the Program.

b.            NSTP fees collected shall constitute a Trust Fund, 70% of which                                                                                shall be exclusively used for the operation of the Program. The                                                                                 remaining 30% retained by the school shall serve as contingency                                                               fund especially in support to un- programmed activities not                                                                        originally included in the program of expenditures prepared by                                                                    the ROTC Commandant or CWTS/ LTS           Coordinator and                                                                               approved by the school head.

c.             NSTP funds derived from NSTP- related operations shall serve as                                                             augmentation to sustain un-programmed activities of the NSTP.

d.            The unexpended fund balance shall be carried over to the next                                                                                semester, provided however; NSTP funds shall not be converted                                                             into savings at the expense of the proper implementation of the                                                             program.

e.            Subsidies from the government, any legal agency or institution                                                                                 appropriated for NSTP shall be included in the preparation of                                                                     the program of expenditure and report on the utilization of                                                                        funds.

f.             Expenditures/ disbursement shall be subjected to periodic                                                                         audits by the proper school authorities and concerned NSTP                                                                       Officers.

g.            NSTP Component (ROTC/ CWTS/ LTS) coordinators shall submit                                                                                 a comprehensive report on the utilization of the NSTP Funds to                                                                                their respective NSTP Directors two (2) weeks after the end of                                                                  every semester. ROTC Commandants shall submit the same                                                                       report to their respective Major Service Reserve Commands.

h.            The NSTP Director or its equivalent shall submit a consolidated                                                                  comprehensive report on the utilization of the NSTP Funds by                                                                   program component to the school head, within 30 calendar                                                                        days after the end of every semester. (Amended February 24,                                                                       2009)

i.              Rental space of school and other similar expenses shall not be                                                                   charged to NSTP.

Section 10.          Incentive, Insurance and Protection

a.            Incentives

a.1          A program of assistance/ incentives for ROTC students shall be provided                                                              and administered by DND, in accordance with existing laws and                                                                                                 regulations and subject to the availability of funds.

a.2          A Special Scholarship Program and other forms of assistance and                                                                              incentives for qualifies NSTP students shall be administered by CHED                                                                     and TESDA, with funds for the purpose to be included in the annual                                                                                 regular appropriations of the two agencies, subject to the availability of                                                                               funds.

a.3          The college or university may provide scholarship and other forms of                                                                     assistance and incentives to qualified and deserving NSTP students, the                                                                               funding of which shall come from available NSTP funds of the school.

a.4          Personnel involved in the NSTP shall be provided honorarium and other                                                                               incentives based on the standard policy set forth by the HEIs.

b.            Insurance and Protection

b.1          School authorities concerned, CHED and TESDA shall ensure that health                                                                                and accident group insurances are provided for students enrolled in any                                                                               of the NSTP components.

b.2.        Schools that already provide health and accident group insurance and                                                                    collect the necessary fees for the purpose from their students as of the                                                                               effectivity of these Rules are deemed to have complied with this                                                                             requirement.

Rule V

ORGANIZATION OF NSTP GRADUATES

Section 11.          Organization of NSTP Graduates

a.            Graduates of the non-ROTC components of the NSTP shall belong to the                                                                              National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC) and could be tapped by the State for                                                      literacy and civic welfare activities, especially in times of calamities through the                                                                 joint efforts of DND, CHED and TESDA, in coordination with DILG, DSWD and                                                                 other concerned agencies/ associations.

b.            The CHED, TESDA and DND, in consultation with other concerned government                                                   and non-government agencies, shall issue the necessary guidelines for the                                                         establishment, organization, maintenance and utilization of the National Service                                              Reserve Corps.

c.             Graduates of the ROTC program shall form part of the Citizen Armed Force                                                         pursuant to RA 7077, subject to the requirements of DND.

Rule VI

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Section 12.          Certificate of Completion.

Certificate of Completion with corresponding serial number issued by CHED, TESDA or                                   DND, shall be awarded to students who have successfully complies with the program                                    requirements.

Section 13.          Information Dissemenation.

The CHED, TESDA and DND shall provide information on these Act and IRR to all                                                                 concerned publics through different modes of disseminating information.

Section 14.          Amendatory Clause.

a.            Section 35 of Commonwealth Act No. 1, Executive Order No. 207 of 1939,                                                            Sections 2 and 3 of Presidential decree No. 1706, and Sections 38 and 39 of                                                          Republic Act No. 7077, as well as all laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations                                                           and other issuances inconsistent with the provisions of the Act are hereby                                                   deemed amended and modified accordingly.

b.            These Rules may be amended, modifies, or replaced jointly by CHED, TESDA and                                                              DND, in consultation with PASUC, COCOPEA, NGOs and recognized student                                                        organizations.

Section 15.          Separability Clause.

If any provisions of the IRR shall be declared unconstitutional or invalid, the other                                            sections or provisions not affected thereby shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 16.          Effectivity.

These rules shall take effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper of general                                                               circulation and shall remain in force and effect until revokes or amended.

 

 

 


 

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