The National Service Training Program
(NSTP)
STET-VIP as an Accredited NGO for NSTP

STET-VIP Inc., is a non-profit, Non-Government Organization (NGO) duly accredited by CHED and TESDA
to formulate and administer training modules for the NSTP components.  Since May 2002, CHED and
TESDA have endorsed the STET-VIP NSTP Qualifying Course for Coordinators/Instructor-
Facilitators/Volunteers/Stakeholders.


Republic Act 9163 (National Service Training Program Act of 2001)

On January 23, 2002 the National Service Training Program was signed by President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo into law.  Republic Act 9163, the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001is 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 its three program components: the Reserve
Officers’ Training Corps, the Civic Welfare Training Service, and the Literacy Training Service.  According
to RA 9163, these three components are specially designed to enhance the youth’s active contribution to
the general welfare.  

Definition of Terms – For purposes of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act, The following
are hereby defined as follows:














    (a)        “ National Service Training Program (NSTP)” is a 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 its three (3) program components.  Its various
    components are specially 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 defense preparedness.

    (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 programs of 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 morals of the citizenry.

    (e)        “Program component” shall refer to the service components of the NSTP.

               Establishments 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 components:

    (1)        The Reserve Officers’ Training corps (ROTC), which is hereby made optional and voluntary
    upon the effectivity of the NSTP Act;
    (2)        The Literacy Training Service; 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 (3)
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 (COCOPEA) and other concerned government  agencies may design and implement such
other program components as may be necessary in consonance with the provisions of the NSTP Act.

Coverage – Students, male and female, of any baccalaureate degree course or a 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 graduation.


Duration and Equivalent Course Unit – Each of the aforementioned NSTP program components shall be
undertaken for an academic period of  two (2) semesters.

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 by the DND, CHED, and TESDA.

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 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.


Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of the NSTP