The Department of Education (DepEd) Order Number 35 Series of 2003 on the Citizenship
Advancement Training (CAT) is a restructuring of the Citizens Army Training at the Secondary
level. The CAT Program is a requirement for graduation for all fourth year high school students in
both public and private secondary schools.
There are two components of CAT, namely, Military Orientation and Community Service.
The implementing Guidelines for CAT defines its two components:
Military Orientation deals with the introduction and exposure of the learner to the basic
knowledge, unfamiliar situations and experiences as well as activities related to military and
Community Service refers to any activity that helps achieve the general welfare and the
betterment of life of the members of the community, or enhancement of its facilities especially
those devoted to improving health, education, safety, recreation and morale of the citizenry.
On the other hand, the STET-VIP CWS under the Expanded ROTC defines:
Civic Welfare Service as “another second year curriculum option which consists of projects
designed to encourage the youth to contribute in the improvement of the general welfare and the
quality of life for the local community and its various institutional components, more particularly, in
terms of health, education, safety, livelihood, and the morale of the citizenry. It includes lectures
on the concepts of loyalty, patriotism, and nation-building, civic consciousness and other values”
(Expanded ROTC Program, 1994).
Thus, given the congruence between the STET-VIP Civic Welfare Service (CWS) Program of
Instruction under the Expanded ROTC Program from SY 1996-1997 up to SY 2001-2002 and that
of the CAT, the STET-VIP CAT advocacy is imperative. STET-VIP CAT aims to effectively carry
out DepEd Order No. 35 Series of 2003 thus, its objectives are:
a) to support and cooperate with DepEd for the effective...