First on Marcos’ agenda for armed forces is the revamping of the current pension system for military and uniformed personnel. The administration is also fast-tracking measures that seek to make the ROTC and NSTP mandatory for tertiary education.
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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Pahayag ng defense chief na a maaaring ‘gamutin’ ng ROTC ang mga problema sa mental health walang batayan
Sinabi ni Carlito Galvez Jr., officer-in-charge ng Defense department, nang walang batayan na ang sumasailalim sa mga programa sa pagsasanay sa militar, partikular ang Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), ay maaaring “gumaling” sa mga problema sa kalusugan ng isip.
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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Defense chief claims without basis that ROTC can ‘cure’ mental health problems
No existing studies support the idea of ROTC programs as a “cure” for mental illness. Professionals in this field see this as a problematic claim that spreads disinformation, downplays the severity of mental health disorders, and “potentially promotes stigma” against people suffering from psychological issues.