Implementing Rules and Regulations
NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM (RA 9163)
Pursuant to Section 12 of Republic Act No. 9163 otherwise known as the National Service
Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Department of National Defense
(DND), in consultation with the concerned government agencies, the Philippine Association of
State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Coordinating Council of Private Educational
Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA), Non- Government Organizations (NGOs) and
recognized student organizations, hereby jointly issue, adopt and promulgate the following
implementing rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the Act.
Section 1. Guiding Principle.
While it is the prime duty of the government to serve and protect its citizens, in turn it
shall be the responsibility of all citizens to defend the security and promote
the general welfare of the State, and in fulfillment thereof, the
government may require each citizen to render personal military or civil service.
Section 2. Role of the Youth
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a. In recognition of the vital role of the youth in nation- building, the State shall
promote civic consciousness among them and shall develop
their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-
being. It shall inculcate the ideals of patriotism,
nationalism, and advance their involvement in public and civic
b. As the most valuable resource of the nation, they shall be motivated, trained,
organized and involved in military, literacy, civic welfare
programs and other similar endeavors In the service of the
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Section 3. As used in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the following terms
a. “National Service Training Program” (NSTP)- refers to the program aimed at
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