Dr. Rosalyn L. Bautista, the campus administrator of Isabela State University Roxas Campus, expressed her joy at the outstanding performance of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) of Isabela State University Roxas Campus and its affiliated institution, Mallig Plains Colleges Inc., during the Regional Annual Administrative and Tactical Inspection (RAATI). The event was held at the ISUR Grandstand in Matusalem, Roxas, Isabela, on May 31, 2024.

Dr. Aquim D. Verzon, the University Director for NSTP, warmly welcomed all participants, guests, and parents to the event. He noted that it had been five years since the last RAATI-related activity and expressed gratitude for the enthusiastic support of everyone present to witness the occasion. The corps underwent rigorous evaluations, including Drill Tests, Theoretical Tests, and Field Tests, all assessed by the RAATI team. The team was led by Chairman Lieutenant Colonel Rogelio T. Benitez, GSC MNSA PA (RES), and represented by Vice Chairman Lieutenant Colonel Vincent A. Lauigan, AGS (PA). The success of this event underscores the dedication and excellence of the ISUR ROTC Unit, marking a significant achievement in their ongoing commitment to excellence in military training and education. This accomplishment is not just a testament to the hard work and discipline of the cadets but also highlights the robust support system provided by the university and its affiliates. The event also aligns with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

The inspection included a series of meticulously planned activities designed to evaluate the cadets’ proficiency in various military disciplines. The Drill Test demonstrated their precision and coordination, while the Theoretical Test assessed their knowledge of military strategies and principles. The Field Test tested their practical skills and adaptability in real-world scenarios.

In addition to these evaluations, the event also served as a platform to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps among the cadets. It allowed the cadets to showcase their skills, learn from one another, and strengthen their resolve to serve with honor and excellence. This inclusive approach promotes SDG 5 by encouraging equal participation and recognition of both male and female cadets, reinforcing the importance of gender equality within military training programs.

This year’s RAATI has set a new benchmark for the ISUR ROTC Unit, inspiring future cadets to strive for excellence. The administration and faculty of Isabela State University Roxas Campus and their partners at Mallig Plains Colleges Inc. are immensely proud of their cadets’ achievements and are committed to continuing their support for the ROTC program. This support exemplifies the principles of SDG 17, fostering strong partnerships to achieve shared goals.

In closing, the event not only celebrated the cadets’ accomplishments but also reinforced the values of discipline, leadership, and service that are at the core of the ROTC program. The ISUR ROTC’s performance at the RAATI is a shining example of what can be achieved through dedication, teamwork, and unwavering commitment to excellence. This aligns with SDG 16 by promoting strong institutions dedicated to peace, justice, and effective governance. The ROTC’s achievements are a testament to the impact of quality education and equal opportunities, contributing to a more equitable and just society as envisioned in the SDGs.