Prof. Alejandro Nueva, Jr.
Effective this school year, the Office for Student Affairs (OSA) will officially assume the program implementation of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) as mandated by Republic Act 9163 or the NSTP Law. This was announced by University President Fr. Gregg Bañaga Jr., C.M. during the Annual General Assembly last June 11.
OSA kicked off the NSTP classes with an orientation program last June 19 at the Adamson Theater, gathering around 3,000 students in four batches for a two-hour program. Fr. Andrew Bayal, C.M., VP for Student Affairs welcomed the students while the Adamson Pep Squad performed to liven up the gathering.
It was no ordinary orientation, however, as a representative from the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) gave a talk and an AVP on skills and competencies required for job hunting and interviews to help sharpen the students early. OSA Director Atty. Julius Babista followed up with a talk on the rationale of NSTP Law and its the various components, including its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). The officers and men of the 246th NROTC Unit capped the presentations with their talk on the ROTC activities and duties.
Students then chose their preferred NSTP program and schedule. NSTP classes began on July 3.
In a related development, a special panel composed of Fr. Bayal, Atty. Babista, and Campus Ministry director Fr. Bernie Diaz, C.M. conducted the screening and interview of the applicants for NSTP teaching positions last June 18 and 21. The panel hopes to tap the best teaching manpower for the NSTP and draw up a module that will be most effective in the implementation of the NSTP component programs. It will also look for feasible ways to integrate the community extension services and pastoral ministry of the University and to have holistic developmental programs for the students.
Atty. Babista said that under the IRR, there is a common requirement of 25 hours to teach Citizenship Training, Disaster Awareness, Preparedness and Management, Drug Education, Environmental Protection, and National Security Concerns to students enrolled in the NSTP.