(November 22, 2021)

A ceremonial signing of the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the National Service and Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001 is set to happen tomorrow at 10:00A.M to be live streamed through Civil Defense PH Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Officials from the NSTP Joint Committee composed of the Department of National Defense (DND), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will sign the revised NSTP IRR virtually.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, TESDA Director General, Sec. Isidro Lapeña, and CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III will sign the guidelines. They will be joined by Civil Defense Administrator, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad and Col. Ronald Jess Alcudia.

The DND through the Office of Civil Defense led the revision of NSTP IRR. Various points were gathered in a public consultation held on May 11, 2021.

The said consultation was attended by representatives from the DND, OCD, CHED, TESDA, National Youth Commission, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, House of Representatives - Committee on Higher and Technical Education, Senate - Committee on Higher and Technical Education, Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges, Association of Local Colleges and Universities, Philippine Society of the NSTP Educators and Implementers, Philippine Federation of State Universities and Colleges Student Leaders Inc., Student representatives from Local Universities and Colleges, and the NSTP – Technical Working Group (TWG).

The NSTP Law was enacted on November 13, 2009 however a resolution was issued on December 4, 2019 which called for the creation of the NSTP-TWG to study and revise the IRR. NSTP-TWG conducted a series of consultations for the revision.