Implementing Rules and Regulations
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.
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.
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
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
Section 6. Duration and Equivalent Course Unit
Section 7. Clustering and Cross- Enrolment
Section 8. Monitoring and Evaluation
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.
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.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.
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.
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.