In line with the Central Luzon State University’s vision, the CLSU-NSTP shall be the center of excellence in values education through the promotion of civic consciousness, civic responsibility and holistic development of individuals to become productive members of the society.



The CLSU-NSTP thrusts are:

            To motivate, train and organize students as catalysts of change in the community;

            To harness and maximize the technical expertise and interests of different schools and department and students‘ courses to benefit the underprivileged and economically poor sectors of the society and; To develop each student to possess a high level of social awareness.




1. What is the legal basis of the National Service Training Program (NSTP)?

            The National Service Training Program (NSTP) Law or RA 9163 also known as ―An Act Establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for tertiary level students, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 7077 and Presidential Decree No. 1706, and for other purposes was enacted last January 2002 to amend the Expanded ROTC. This program aimed to enhance 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, specifically designed to enhance the youth‘s active contribution to the general welfare.


2. What are the components of the NSTP?


a. Reserve Officer’s Training Corps [ROTC] - refers to the program component, institutionalized under Section 38 and 39 of Republic Act No. 7077, designed to provide military training to motivate, train organize and mobilize them for national defense preparedness.


b. Civic Welfare Training Service [CWTS] - refers to the program component or 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 moral of the citizenry and other social welfare services.


c. Literacy Training Service [LTS] - refers to the program component designed to train the students to teach literacy and numeracy skills to school children, out-of-school youth and other segments of society in need of their services.


Who are covered by the NSTP Law?

A.      All incoming freshmen students, male, female, starting school year (SY) 2002-2003, enrolled in any baccalaureate and in at least two (2) year technical-vocational or associate courses, are required to complete one (1) NSTP component of their choice, as a graduation requirement;

B.      All higher and technical-vocational education institutions must at least offer one (1) of the NSTP components.

C.      State universities and colleges (SUC‘s), shall offer the ROTC component and at least one (1) other NSTP component.

D.     The Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA), Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), and other SUC‘s of similar nature, in view of the special character of these institutions, are exempted from the NSTP.

E.      Private higher education and technical-vocational education institutions with at least 350 student cadets may offer the ROTC component and consequently establish / maintain a Department Of Military Science and Tactics (DMST), subject to the existing rules and regulations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


3. What is the duration and equivalent course unit of each of the NSTP Component?

            Each of the NSTP components shall be undertaken for an academic period of two (2) semesters for 54 to 90 training hours per semester. It shall be credited for three (3) units per semester.


4. What fees shall be charged to students taking any of the NSTP components?

            No other fees shall be collected except basic tuition fees, which should not be more than 50% of the charges of the school per academic unit.


5. Who are covered by the suspension of the ROTC requirement?

            The completion of ROTC training as a requisite for graduation is set aside for students who have completed all their academic requirements for their respective courses as certified by the school on or before the effectivity of the NSTP Act of 2001, which is March 23, 2002. The concerned students may apply for graduation in their respective schools.


6. What happens to male students who are currently enrolled and have not taken nor completed the ROTC requirements for graduation?

a. Male students who are not covered by Section 12 of this Rule and are currently enrolled but have not taken any of the Military Service (MS), Civic Welfare Service (CWS) or Law Enforcement Service (LES) shall be covered by the NSTP Law.

b. Male students who have completed two semesters of the Expanded ROTC (E-ROTC) / National Service Program (NSP) are deemed to have complied with the NSTP requirement.

c. Male students who are not covered by Section 12 of these Rules and have taken only one (1) semester of Basic ROTC or E-ROTC/NSP shall take any of the NSTP components to qualify for graduation.

d. Students who want to qualify for enlistment in the Reserve Force or attend the advance ROTC program shall undertake a special program for this purpose.


7. How are Clustering and Cross-Enrollment done?

a. Clustering of students from different education institutions during semestral or summer periods may be done for any of the NSTP component, taking into account logistics, branch of service and geographical locations. The host school shall be responsible in managing the Program.


b. Schools that do not meet the required number of students to maintain the optional ROTC and any of the NSTP components, or do not offer the component chosen by the student shall allow their students to cross-enroll in other schools irrespective of whether such school is under CHED or TESDA; and in the case the students taking the ROTC component irrespective of whether the two semesters shall be taken from different schools whose ROTC is managed by different branches of service of the Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP).



8. What is NSTP-One Summer Program (NSTP-OSP)?

            NSTP-OSP is created under RA 9163 or the NSTP Act of 2001, especially Section 6 and jointly devised, formulated and adopted by DND, CHED and TESDA.

            NSTP-OSP is established for the three (3) components: ROTC, CWTS and LTS. This is intended for graduating students in baccalaureate or at least two-year technical-vocational or associate courses, who have yet to comply with the NSTP as a requirement for graduation, as well as for students, thus allow them to concentrate on the academic subjects and other co-curricular concerns.


9. What is the National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC)?

            NSRC is created under Section 11 of RA 9163 or the NSTP Act of 2001, composed of graduates of the non-ROTC components: the CWTS and LTS. Members of this Corps maybe tapped by the State for literacy and civic welfare activities, through the joint efforts of DND, CHED, and TESDA.



            The National Service Training Program of the Central Luzon State University Office also known as NSTP-CLSU Office supervises the implementation of the Civic Welfare Training Service [CWTS] and the Reserve Officer Training Corps [ROTC]. Its implementation is governed by R.A. 9163 of 2001.