Senator Imee Marcos has blamed the low number of recruits to the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) to the military’s failure to make the program attractive.
In an interview over dzBB radio Sunday (August 25), Marcos said the youth are less interested in signing up for ROTC due to the lack of perks.
“Mawalang galang na lang ha. Sa totoo naman eh medyo mahina naman ang pagrecruit nila. Tingnan natin sa Amerika. Gustong gustong maging sundalo ng mga Pinoy doon kasi ang daming ino-offer. ‘Pag naging sundalo ka, maski passport at greencard ibibigay sa ‘yo,” she said.
Marcos believes more students will be encouraged to sign up for ROTC if it will come with perks, such as compensation, discounts on purchases of certain items, and insurance coverage.
“May six percent acceptable casualty ratio. May masasaktan, may mamamatay pa. Ang hirap para sa nanay ang acceptable casualty pero talagang may nangyayari, may aksidente talaga, kaya yung insurance ibigay na natin at maging aggressive ang sandatahang lakas, iprioritize mo ang pamilya sa Philhealth,” she said.
The daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos also suggested that the military concentrate its recruitment for ROTC cadets and potential soldiers in areas where insurgency persists, such as Northern Luzon and Mindanao.