The Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) has welcomed the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Command of the Philippine Navy to discuss possible partnership between armed forces and the institution.

The said meeting centered on the possible revival of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in HCDC.

The courtesy call was also initiated to establish strong connections between the two institutions and discuss enhancement of the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and ROTC programs and practices.

The Philippine Navy also expressed its plan to establish cooperation to link and extend their community involvement and support through active involvement of an academic institution such the HCDC.

The partnership also aimed at improving the ROTC, training and programs particularly for the Maritime Education and Criminal Justice Education programs.

Meanwhile, HCDC President Br. Noelvic Deloria, S.C. expressed his support to welcome them in the institution for the possible linkage and opportunities.

HCDC NSTP Coordinator Patrick Lam said they are optimistic of the active participation of the students.

“There will be a possibility that we will invite other students from different courses to join the ROTC program and for those who are willing only. The offered training will be voluntary and not obligatory,” he said.

The 777th Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit through the leadership of Commander Ronald Rey R. Labastida, PN (GSC) manifested his commitment to contribute to the improvement of the ROTC/CWTS and in reviewing the curriculum of HCDC’s BS in Marine Transportation and BS in Criminology.

The HCDC Academic Council is set to convene to discuss the possible arrangements and coordination with the Philippine Navy. (Jhunryl B. Orit)