AFTER being elected president of the Regional Corps Commanders Association, UST’s first lady Corps Commander will visit the different ROTC-NCR member-institutions to elicit student support for ROTC in the region.

“I want to promote ROTC. I want to show that this organization is still alive,” C/Maj. Therese Altamirano told the Varsitarian.

The incoming College of Commerce senior also said she would “actively involve” Thomasian cadets in the organization.

“Most activities of the ROTC-NCR will be held at UST and our cadets will be the prime organizers. If there are students from other schools, they will just be representatives,” Altamirano said.

Altamirano was elected president by 21 fellow corps commanders from the National Capital Region (NCR) last May 11 at the NCR Army Reserve Command in Fort Bonifacio.

Since Altamirano started her term as corps commander, she has introduced several changes in the UST-ROTC, including naming second class officers to the staff positions and augmenting activities like speech contests, film screenings, poster-making, and t-shirt design contests.

“We wish to change the misconception that ROTC means merely standing under the heat of the sun,” Altamirano told the Varsitarian.

Meanwhile, two Thomasian juniors topped this year’s ROTC regional summer camp training at the NCR Army Reserve Command last May 4.

Cadet captains Joyce Anne de la Cruz from Commerce and Marco Rafael Ibero from the Faculty of Engineering placed third and eighth. The month-long training, which included lectures, practical exercises, drills, and physical fitness test, was a requirement for the officers to be promoted to a higher rank.

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