NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM
The prime duty of the government is to serve and protect its citizens, and in return, 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.
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. 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.
Republic Act No. 9163 otherwise known as “An Act Establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for the Tertiary Level Students, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 7077, Presidential Decree No. 1706, and for Other Purpose” was approved on January 23, 2002.
The 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.
The NSTP shall have the following components which the students can choose from:
· 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.
· Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) – refers to the Program component, institutionalized under Section 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
· 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.
All program components (the ROTC in particular) shall give emphasis on citizenship training and shall instill patriotism, moral values, respect for the rights of civilians and adherence to the Constitution.
a. All incoming first year students, male and female, starting School Year 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 cover 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 onwards; a.2 Students who completed any of the threes NSTP components but considered freshmen to the course where they transferred or shifted, and; a.3 foreign students or aliens
b. State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) shall offer the ROTC component and at least one other NSTP component
Duration and equivalent course unit
a. Each of the aforementioned NSTP components shall be undertaken for an academic period of two semesters. It shall be credited for three units per semester, for fifty-four (54) to ninety (90) training hours per semester.
b. Earned NSTP units shall not be included in the computation of Grade Point Average (GPA) grades of college graduating students.
Clustering and Cross-enrolment
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.
b. Students intending to cross-enroll shall be subject to the existing rules and regulations of the school of origin and the accepting school.
a. 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.
b. 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.
No fees shall be collected for any of the NSTP components except basic tuition which should not be more than fifty percent (50%) of the charges of the school year academic unit. NSTP tuition collected shall constitute a Trust Fund, which shall be exclusively used for the operation of the Program.
CvSU NSTP Implementing Guidelines
The CvSU NSTP Implementing Guidelines was developed and established for a unified implementing guideline for NSTP specific to the conditions and requirements of the Cavite State University (CvSU) and its branch campuses.
Mechanics of Implementation
a. The CvSU NSTP shall be implemented by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Main Campus. The Dean of Student Affairs shall be the overall NSTP Coordinator. There shall be an NSTP Campus Coordinator for every CvSU branch campuses depending on the number of students enrolled in the program.
b. There shall be an NSTP Technical staff who shall keep all the NSTP students records. Each CvSU Branch campus may designate their own NSTP Campus Technical staff, depending on the number of students enrolled in the program.
c. The NSTP technical staff shall submit the list of students enlisted in the NSTP program to the University Registrar. By the end of every semester, the NSTP technical staff shall then submit the grades obtained by the NSTP students to the University Registrar.
d. In some reasonable cases, students may cross register in other CvSU Branch Campuses or other Universities/Colleges with the written permission from their respective University campus registrars. Students taking the NSTP component in another campus shall be governed by the CvSU NSTP guidelines.
e. The conduct of the CWTS component shall be taken cared of by the Office of Student Affairs. The OSA Dean who is the Overall NSTP Coordinator shall create a pool of instructors or facilitators (from different Colleges) who will handle the students for one semester.
f. The conduct of the ROTC component shall be taken care of by the DND under their own guidelines. The existing arrangements between the CvSU and the DND shall be continued in the implementation of the ROTC. The existing Department of Military Science and Tactics Office in the main campus shall continue in operation.
g. Students shall undergo NSTP Orientation on the second week of the first month of the 1st semester. From there, the students will be given option to choose among the NSTP components offered by the University.
h. Every NSTP component shall schedule enlistment period after the NSTP Orientation. During the enlistment period, the students will register their names and submit pertinent information to the technical staff of their chosen NSTP component.