[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9163]
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
Be it entered by the senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in
SECTION 1. Short Title. This Act shall be known as the “National Service
Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001”.
SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. – It is hereby affirmed the prime duty of the government
to serve and protect its citizens. In turn, it shall be the responsibility of all citizens to defend
security of the state and in fulfillment thereof, the government may require each citizen to
render personal, military or civil service.
Recognizing the youth’s vital role in nation building, the state shall promote civic
consciousness among the youth and shall develop their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual
and social well being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism, nationalism, and advance
their involvement on public and civic affairs.
In pursuit of these goals, the youth, the most valuable resource of the nation, shall be
motivated, trained, organized and mobilized in military training, literacy, civic welfare and
other similar endeavors in the service of the nation.
SEC. 3. Definition of Terms. – For purposes of this Act, the following are hereby
defined as follows:
(a) “National Service Training Program ( NSTP)” i s a program aimed at
enhancing civic consciousness and defense preparedness in the youth by developing the
ethics of services and patriotism while undergoing training in any of its three (3) program components. Its various components are especially designed to enhance the youth’s active
contribution to the general welfare.
(b) “Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)” is a program 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
(c) “Literacy Training Service” is a program designed to train students to become
teachers of literacy and numeracy skills to school children, out of school youth, and other
segments of society in need of their service.
(d) “Civic Welfare Training Service” refers to program 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 developed to improving health, education,
environment, entrepreneurship, safety, recreation and morals of the citizenry.
(e) “Program components” shall refer to the service components of the NSTP as
enumerated in Section 4 of this Act.
SEC. 4. Establishment of the National Service Training Program. – There is
hereby established a National Service Training Program (NSTP), which shall form part of
the curricula of all baccalaureate degree courses and of at least two (2) year technical –
vocational courses and is a requisite for graduation, consisting of the following service
(1) The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), which is hereby made
optional and voluntary upon the effectivity of this Act.
(2) The Literacy Training Services; and
(3) The Civic Welfare Training Service
The ROTC under the NSTP shall instill patriotism, moral virtues, respect for
rights of civilians, and adherence to the Constitution, among others. Citizenship training
shall be given emphasis in all three program components.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and technical education and Skills
Development Authority (TESDA), in consultation with the Department of National Defense
(DND), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Coordinating
Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) and other
concerned government agencies, may design and implement such other program
components as may be necessary in consonance with the provisions of this Act.
SEC. 5. Coverage. – Students, Male and female, of any baccalaureate degree
course or least two (2)-year technical-vocational courses in public and private educational institutions shall be required to complete one (1) of the NSTP components as requisite for
SEC. 6. Duration and Equivalent Course Unit. – Each of the aforementioned
NSTP program components shall be undertaken for an academic period of two (2)
In lieu of the two (2)-semester program for any of the components of the NSTP, a
one (1)-summer program may be designed, formulated and adopted by the DND, CHED and
SEC. 7. NSTP Offering in Higher and Technical-Vocational Educational
Institutions. – All higher and technical-vocational institutions, public and private, must
offer at least one of the program components: Provided, That State universities and colleges
shall offer the ROTC component and at least one other component as provided herein:
Provided, further, That private higher and technical-vocational education institutions may
also offer the ROTC if they have at least three hundred and fifty(350) cadet students.
In offering the NSTP whether during the semestral or summer periods, clustering of
affected students from different educational institutions may be done, taking into account
logistics, branch of service and geographical considerations. Schools that do not meet the
required number of students to maintain the optional ROTC and any of the other
components shall allow their students to cross-enroll to other schools irrespective of whether
or not the NSTP components in said school are being administered by the same or another
branch of service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), CHED and TESDA to
which schools are identified.
SEC. 8. Fees and Incentives. – Higher and technical-vocational institutions shall
not collect any fee for any of the NSTP components except basic tuition fees, which shall
not be more than fifty percent (50%) of what is currently charged by schools per unit.
In the case of the ROTC, the DND shall formulate and adopt a program of assistance
and/or incentive to those students who will take the said component.
The school authorities concerned, CHED and TESDA shall ensure that group
insurance for health and accident shall be provided for students enrolled in any of the NSTP
SEC. 9. Scholarship. – There is hereby created a Special Scholarship Program for
qualified students taking the NSTP which shall be administered by the CHED and TESDA.
Funds for this purpose shall be included in the annual regular appropriations of the CHED
SEC. 10. Management of the NSTP Components. – 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: Provided, That in case a CHED or TESDA – accredited non government organization (NGO) has been
contracted to formulate and administered a training module for any of the NSTP
components, such academic and administrative supervision shall be exercised jointly with
that accredited NGO: Provided further, That such training module shall be accredited by the
CHED and TESDA.
The CHED and TESDA regional offices shall oversee and monitor the
implementation of the NSTP under their jurisdiction to determine if the training are being
conducted in consonance with the objectives of this Act. Periodic reports shall be submitted
to the CHED, TESDA and DND in this regard.
SEC. 11. Creation of the National Service Reserve Corps. – There is hereby
created a National Service Reserve Corps, to be composed of the graduates of the nonROTC components. Members of this Corps may be tapped by the State for literacy and
civic welfare activities through the joint effort of the DND, CHED and TESDA.
Graduates of the ROTC shall form part of the Citizens Armed Forces, pursuant to
Republic Act No, 7077.
SEC. 12. Implementing Rules. – The DND, CHED and TESDA shall have the
joint responsibility for the adoption of the implementing Rules of this Act within sixty (60)
days from the approval of this Act.
These three (3) agencies shall consult with other concerned government
agencies, the PASUC and COCOPEA, NGOs and recognized student
organizations in drafting the implementing Rules.
The implementing rules shall include the guidelines for the adoption of the
appropriate curriculum for each of the NSTP components as well as for the accreditation of
SEC. 13. Transitory Provisions. – Students who have yet to complete the Basic
ROTC, except those falling under section 14 of this Act, may either continue in the program
component they are currently enrolled or shift to any of the other program components of
their choice: Provided, That in case he shifts to another program component, the Basic
ROTC courses he has completed shall be counted for the purpose of completing the NSTP
requirement; Provided further, That once he has shifted to another program component, he
shall completed the NSTP in that component.
SEC. 14. Suspension of ROTC requirement. – The completion of ROTC training as a
requisite for graduation is hereby set aside for those students who despite completing all their
academic units as of the effectivity of this Act have not been allowed to graduate.
SEC. 15. Separability Clause. – If any section or provision of this Act shall be declared
unconstitutional or invalid, the other sections or provisions not affected thereby shall remain in full
force and effect. SEC. 16. Amendatory Clause. – Section 35 of Commonwealth Act No. 1,
Executive Order No. 207 of 1939, Section 2 and 3 of Presidential Decree No. 1706, and
Section 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 this Act are hereby
deemed amended and modified accordingly.
SEC. 17. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in
two (2) newspapers of national circulation but the implementation of this Act shall commence in the
school year of 2002-2003.
Philippines NSTP Program REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9163
[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9163]