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Post  vhetzki_12 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:42 am

objectives

As stated in Section 80 of Article VII, Title III of the National Defense Act and as amended.
a. To develop the spirit of Filipino nationalism;
b. To make the youth physically strong and morally confident;
c. To prepare the youth for good citizenship and military service;
d. To provide the youth with meaningful outlets for creativity and service; and
e. To develop the youth into self-reliant, law-abiding citizens and potential community leaders.


the 1986 Philippine constitution (legal basis)

Let us cite the significant provisions of our present 1986 Constitution, as well the past laws that governs our obligatory and mandatory duty as Citizens of the Republic.
1. ARTICLE II, Declaration of Principles and State Policies
“Section 4. The prime duty of the government is to serve and protect the people. The Government may call upon the people to defend the State and, in the fulfillment thereof, all citizens may be required, under conditions provided by law, to render personal military and civil service.”
2. ARTICLE XVI, General Provisions
“Section 5. The Armed Forces of the Philippines shall be composed of a citizen armed force which shall undergo military training and serve, as may be provided by law. It shall keep a regular force necessary for the security of the State.”
Corollary to this Constitutional provisions, we could still cite another provision from the same 1986 Constitution that may strengthen our role as the country’s hope and trustees for the future being the present Youth of the Land:
ARTICLE II, Declaration of Principles and State Policies
“Section 13. The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civil affairs.”
Additionally, having the CAT Program under the technical supervision of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we are subject to these provisions of the 1986 Constitution:
1. ARTICLE II, Declaration of Principles and State Policies
“Section 3. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is the protector of the people and the State. Its goal is to secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory.”
2. ARTICLE XVI, General Provisions
“Section 5 (1). All members of the armed force shall take the oath of affirmation to uphold and defend this Constitution.”
“Section 5 (2). The State shall strengthen the patriotic spirit and nationalist consciousness of the military, and respect for people’s rights in the performance of their duty.”

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Post  vhetzki_12 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:45 am

the national defense act (historical basis)

In the evolution of the country’s Citizen Army concept, it started as a dream of the late President Manuel L. Quezon in the 1930s for which the program was based on the principle that:
“A NATION OF TRAINED MEN READY TO DEFEND THEIR COUNTRY HAS THE LASTING RESPECT OF ITSELF AND OF THE WORLD,” on the other hand,
“A NATION OF HELPLESS CITIZENS CAN EXPECT NOTHING BUT SLAVERY AT HOME AND CONTEMPT ABROAD.”
President Quezon’s first act upon his term of Presidency of the Common-wealth Philippines, as prepared and implemented by his Military Adviser, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, was the NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT (Commonwealth Act No. 1) which was passed in the National Assembly on 21 December 1935. Since those time it has become the implementing law governing the Citizen Army concept.
Let us cite pertinent provisions of this Act:
1. TITLE I, NATIONAL DEFENSE
ARTICLE I Policy
“Section 2 (a). The preservation of the State is the obligation of every citizen, the security of the Philippines and the freedom, independence and perpetual neutrality of the Philippine Republic shall be guaranteed by the employment of all citizens, without distinction of age or ***, and all resources.”
ARTICLE II Employment of Persons and Resources
“Section 3. Military service shall be obligatory for all citizens of the Philippines, and the methods and procedures for the classification, selection, examination, induction, training, and release of all citizens from their military obligations shall be as prescribed in Title III of this Act.”
2. TITLE III, MILITARY SERVICE
ARTICLE I Obligation to Serve and Length of Service
“Section 51. All Filipinos are liable to military service.”
During those time, the President Quezon urged that military education must begin from early adolescence so as to attain the objective of establishing national strengths through the development of a militarily prepared citizenry. The above principle is stated in the following provision of this Act:
TITLE III, MILITARY SERVICE
ARTICLE I Obligation to Serve and Length of Service
“Section 52. The obligation to undergo military training shall begin with the youth in school, commencing at the age of ten years, and shall extend through his schooling until he shall reach the age of twenty-one years when he shall become subject to service with the Colors. If at eighteen to twenty-one years of age the youth is not attending any school or college, he shall enter the junior reserve subject to exemptions prescribed in section eighty-seven of this Act. The training which he may undergo prior to the calendar year in which he attains twenty-one years of age shall be termed as “Preparatory Military Training.”
“All school girls shall receive instruction and training as the Chief-of-Staff may deem necessary for auxiliary service.”
Thus, from this provision, it gave birth to the present CITIZEN ARMY TRAINING program. The above provision set the guidelines in the conduct of the CAT Program.

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Post  vhetzki_12 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:47 am

the afp regulations in the conduct of the cat program

Up to now, some of the provisions of the National Defense Act have become part of the AFP Regulations governing the organization, administration, and conduct of instructions on CITIZEN ARMY TRAINING Program, known as AFPR G 314-033 dated 23 September 1975.
The following sections of this regulation give us the highlights concerning the CAT Program:
Section I gives the basic information about the CAT-I Program.
OBJECTIVES. As stated in Section 80 of Article VII, Title III of the National Defense Act and as amended.
a. To develop the spirit of Filipino nationalism;
b. To make the youth physically strong and morally confident;
c. To prepare the youth for good citizenship and military service;
d. To provide the youth with meaningful outlets for creativity and service; and
e. To develop the youth into self-reliant, law-abiding citizens and potential community leaders.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY. As stated in Article VII (Preparatory Military Training), Title III (Military Service) of the National Defense Act (Commonwealth Act No. 1) and as further amended by Commonwealth Act No. 569 dated 07 June 1940 which prescribes the purpose, scope, supervision, and penal provisions pertaining to PMT in the secondary level schools.
IMPLEMENTING DIRECTIVES. Department of Education and Culture Orders Numbers 15 and 21, circa 1973, dated 27 April 1973 and 01 June 1973, respectively.
Section II explains the Organization and Functions of the CAT-I Program.
RESPONSIBILITY
a. The Head of the School is charged with the administration, operation, and supervision of the CAT Unit of the School.
b. The ROTC Commandant or any Home Defense Unit Commander designated to supervise certain CAT Units shall act as technical adviser to the School Head on matters affecting the CAT-I Program instructions.
c. The CAT-I Commandant in a school is administratively responsible to the School Head and operationally to the CAT-I Supervisor in implementing the CAT-I Program.
d. FUNCTIONS. The CAT-I Commandant shall:
1.) Manage the CAT-I Program in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the DECS and AFP regulations affecting the CAT-I Program.
2.) Inform the School Authorities on the provisions of laws and the AFP regulations pertaining to CAT-I Program.
3.) Sit as member in academic committees/boards on matters concerning the CAT-I Program.
4.) Promulgate implementing rules and orders relating to the organization, control and training of CAT-I Cadets/ Cadettes, and recommend to the CAT-I Supervisor the issuance of appropriate orders, appointment, promotion or demotion in rank of CAT-I Cadet/Cadette Officers.
5.) Conduct CAT-I instruction in accordance with the training program prescribed by the AFP.
6.) Perform other functions as may be prescribed by the School Head or CAT-I Supervisor.
e. CAT-I COMMANDANT. The following may be appointed as Commandant/Instructor in the CAT-I Unit:
1.) Inactive Reserve Officers
2.) ROTC/WATC Advanced Graduates
3.) ROTC/WATC Basic Graduates
4.) Ex-servicemen in the AFP who have retired or resigned or have been discharged honorably.
5.) Citizen Army Training Instructors Course (CATIC) Graduates
6.) Available AFP regular enlisted personnel
f. Appointment of CAT-I Commandant.
The School Head of a Secondary School, in coordination with the CAT-I Supervisor, shall appoint qualified CAT-I Commandant of the School.
ORGANIZATION. The CAT-I Department shall be organized as deemed necessary to perform its assigned tasks. It shall be headed by the CAT-I Commandant, assisted by qualified CAT-I Instructor(s).
Section III lists down the Conditions of the Service.
ENROLLMENT. All fourth year high school students, both males and females, shall register for CAT-I instruction every enrollment period.
EXEMPTIONS. The following students are exempted from CAT-I instruction:
a. 1.) Those with permanent physical disability. Only military doctors shall certify to this effect. School physicians and other private practitioners can only forward indorsements, based on their findings, to military hospitals through the CAT-I Commandant concerned.
2.) Servicemen on active duty.
3.) Ex-servicemen.
4.) Reservists.
5.) Aliens.
6.) Such other special cases as may be recommended by the School Head, subject to the approval of the CAT-I Supervisor.
b. Exemption from CAT-I Course shall entitle the student to graduate from his/her course.
TRANSFER. A Cadet/Cadette who transfers from one school to another in which the CAT-I Unit is maintained, shall be given corresponding credit for the part of the course he/she has successfully completed in the former school.
FAILURE OF THE STUDENT TO COMPLETE THE CAT-I COURSE.
a. The successful completion of the prescribed CAT-I Course is a prerequisite for graduation in the academic course. The graduation shall be held until he/she can fully satisfy the requirements of the prescribed CAT-I Course.
b. If the non-completion of the course is not due to the student’s neglect or fault, as determined by a board to be created by the School Head with the CAT-I Commandant as a permanent member, a certificate shall be issued to the effect that the student shall be allowed to graduate from the academic course.

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Post  vhetzki_12 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:48 am

Section IV deals with Training.
DESIGNATION OF THE COURSE. The course of instruction shall be designated as CAT-I. It shall be independent from other related fourth year high school subjects.
PERIODS OF INSTRUCTIONS. The required minimum periods of CAT-I instruction shall be two (2) periods per week for a total of 70 periods distributed throughout the year in accordance with the conditions existing at the School.
ABSENCE FROM INSTRUCTION. Absence from a prescribed formation shall be only excused for reasons of sickness, injury or other exceptional circumstances.
a. Any cadet/cadette who absent himself/herself from any part of the practical or theoretical instruction shall be required to explain the cause thereof, and if found excusable, shall be allowed to make-up for the loss.
b. Excused absences not within the time prescribed by the CAT-I Commandant shall be considered as unexcused. Unexcused absences cannot be made up for.
c. The CAT-I Commandant shall designate periods and dates when extra instructions are to be held.
d. Any student who absents himself/herself from CAT-I instruction for more than twenty percent (20%) of the total acceptable excuses shall fall the course. The name(s) of said student(s) shall be submitted by the CAT-I Commandant through the School Head to the Director of Bureau of Secondary Education, as the case may be, for the proper disposition under Section 88 (Penal Provisions) of the National Defense Act.
GRADING. Cadets/cadettes shall be rated every grading period in conformity with the system used in the School concerned.
a. Grades shall be by percentages. The passing mark shall be seventy five percent (75%). In computing grades, major fractions of a percent shall be considered; minor fractions of a percent shall be disregarded.
b. Grades shall be computed based on the following weights:
1.) Attendance — 30 points
2.) Aptitude and Conduct — 30 points
3.) Subject Proficiency — 40 points
100 points = 100%
c. Computation of Grades:
1.) Attendance Grade = Number of Hours Present x 100%
Total Hours of Attendance
Credits for special formations shall be the actual number of hours attended.
2.) Aptitude Rating = Merits Allotted minus Demerits Received
Merits Allotted
Merits allotted at the start of the training year equals 100. Extra merits can be earned by attending special formations or other school activities outside of the prescribed training hours and other activities directed by the CAT-I Commandant.
Demerits are received for every infraction of regulations as prescribed in Appendix II of the AFPR G 314-033.
3.) Subject Proficiency = Sum of Grades in All Subjects x 100%
Number of Subjects
DESIGNATION. All fourth year high school students, duly enrolled and active in CAT-I Program shall be designated as CAT-I Cadets and Cadettes, as the case may be.
MILITARY COURTESY AND DISCIPLINE. The strict observance of military courtesy and discipline shall be required to all cadets and cadettes during prescribed periods of CAT-I instruction.
ATHLETES. A student engaged in athletic competitions may be excused from CAT-I instructions during the days in which he/she is participating in such athletics, provided that he/she makes up for the time lost by attending extra instructions as my be scheduled by the CAT-I Commandant.

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Post  vhetzki_12 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:49 am

department of education, culture and sports (decs) implementing orders and memorandums

The Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) shall have the sole responsibility of implementing the CAT-I Program of Instruction (POI). On the other hand, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) shall provide technical supervision in the implementation of the POI. The implementing directive of these responsibilities is embodied in DECS Bulletin No. 1 dated 03 March 1992. This DECS Bulletin also prescribed the revised CAT-I Program of Instruction as follows:
SUBJECTS NUMBER OF PERIODS


a.) Orientation to CAT-I Program and Concepts 3

b.) Role of the Citizen in the Defense of the Country 2

c.) Courtesy and Discipline in an Organization 2

d.) Customs and Tradition of the AFP Service 3

e.) Leadership, Authority and Fellowship 4

f.) Elementary Map Reading and Land Navigation 4

g.) Introduction to Civil Military Operations 2

h.) Disaster Relief and Rescue Operations 3

i.) Advanced First Aid 3

j.) Survival Skills 2

k.) Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation 2

l.) Juvenile Delinquency and Crime Control 2

m.) Introduction to Basic Infantry Weapons and

Preparatory Marksmanship 3

n.) Military Drills and Ceremonies 35

Total No. of Periods 70

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