by Jan Mary Mhegan Requina, The Davao Reef web content contributor

PANABO CITY – On June 8, 2024, the National Service Training Program (NSTP), which includes the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS), Literacy Training Service (LTS), and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), held the culmination of its program, marking the graduation of 1,705 students.

Among the graduates, 746 completed the CWTS, 284 the LTS, and 675 the ROTC. College President Joy M. Sorrosa, represented by Vice President for Academic Affairs Girley S. Gumanao, highlighted the program’s significance in fostering values formation. “The NSTP program develops our students’ leadership and practical skills. It has equipped them to become dependable, responsible, proactive, and disciplined citizens of the country,” Gumanao stated.

She further remarked, “Discipline is a bridge between goals and accomplishments. The value of patriotism, on the other hand, is another cornerstone of the training.”

Mr. Danvier Jan C. Cruz, NSTP Coordinator, mentioned the effective implementation of the community immersion component of the program, in alignment with the National Service Training Act of 2001. “We follow CHED Memorandum Order No. 63, series of 2017, to guide students’ off-campus activities. Each time students go out for immersion, all requirements are met. We have the college nurse and her team ensuring students’ safety for in-campus activities.”

In addition, the 723rd NROTCU (AFF) DNSC was recognized as the Overall Champion during the Local Annual General Tactical Inspection (LAGTI), celebrating a back-to-back victory.

The graduation ceremony for CWTS and LTS took place in the morning, while the 723rd NROTCU (AFF) (DNSC) held the Graduation of Military Science 2, S.Y. 2023-2024, and the Turnover of the Corps of Cadet Officers Ceremony in the afternoon.