Benefits and Difficulties of the National Service Training Program in Rizal Technological University


This research focused on the benefits derived by the RTU students from this training program and the difficulties observed in its implementation particularly, during community immersion and employment or application of the classroom lectures and theories learned by the student-implementers. Results showed that the benefits derived from the program were topped by enhancement of skills on basic leadership with emphases on the ability to listen and ability to communicate which were rated very important and very much benefited among other training aspects of the program and render them as indispensable attributes of a good leader. Results also revealed that students are aware of the importance of physical, mental and social health as well as the observance of proper hygiene for overall sense of well-being. Although recreation is one aspect that the respondents find important, appreciation of it underscores the need to have more time for assignments and projects as most of the respondents are enrolled in their respective courses with 29 units, thereby rendering them unable to appreciate the perks of involving themselves into various recreational activities.Concern for proper management of environmental resources is tantamount to knowing the importance of environmental cleanliness just as also being aware of the observance of proper hygiene (for personal well-being). Values formation highlights understanding of the 4Ms of a good citizen and practice of modern Filipino values creates a clear picture that the benefits derived from the program holistically inculcate preparedness of the students for civic services. Difficulties in the implementation revealed provision of materials and equipment and lack of budgetary allocation top billed in the results of this study. These aspects rendered full implementation weak as students and faculty involved in the community immersion have to rely on their own resources, in addition to the indifference and passivity of the local government officials wherein implementers face risk as they are most times not appreciated. It is recommended that RTU prime movers of NSTP-CWTS should look into the process for proper coordination with the local government officials so much so that both parties benefit from the implementation of the program and allocate sufficient budget for the success of the program as mandated.


Keywords: civic welfare, nation building, national security, proper hygiene, values formation

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